Morecambe nostalgia: golden reunion for grammar pupils

Morecambe Grammar School pupils gathered for their Golden Reunion.
Morecambe Grammar School pupils gathered for their Golden Reunion.
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More than 50 former Morecambe Grammar School pupils gathered for their Golden Reunion.

The group toured the school, most of whom entered as pupils in 1958 and left in 1963/1965 after taking O and A level exams.

They recalled assemblies in the school hall with headmaster Mr Goudie, senior mistress Miss Buck and senior master Mr Melling, exertions in the gym and on the sports fields, exploits in the physics and chemistry labs, walks in the Lake District with the Outward Bound Society, the annual school dramatic productions and much more.

The group were reminded of the many beautiful original features of the buildings and were impressed by how well the school has been maintained and enlarged.

Ken Siddle, one of the former pupils, said: “The original 1930s buildings are architectural gems and the new additions and facilities are clearly great assets.

“We hope the present pupils are enjoying their school days as much as we did.”

In the evening a celebratory dinner at The Midland Hotel was attended by 68 old grammarians, eight former staff from their era, and 26 partners and guests.

At other times during the weekend, groups variously enjoyed a walk up Arnside Knott, a tour of the Winter Gardens, a curry evening, a pub lunch in Heysham Village and of course strolls along the prom.

Ken said: “We had a wonderful time seeing each other again and reminiscing about what we all seemed to agree were very happy days, in terms of both the town and the school.”

Former pupils attending the reunion came from Australia, Spain, Italy, the South of France and all corners of the UK from Kent and the West Country to the far north of Scotland, and of course there were some who still live in Morecambe or Lancaster.