Wainfleet reunion brings back playground memories

The many former pupils who attended the reunion. Photo by John Crossland.
The many former pupils who attended the reunion. Photo by John Crossland.
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HAPPY playground memories came flooding back for former pupils when they reunited last weekend after years apart.

More than a hundred ex-schoolmates from The Magdalen School, Wainfleet, gathered at the Coronation Hall on Saturday for a night of reminiscing, reunions and revelry.

Event organiser and former head girl Sue Wilson said: “It went really well - we had a good mix of people from the class on ‘64 right through to the class of ‘88. By the end of the night even the DJ was dancing on the speakers - you know it must have been a good night when that happens.”

Saturday’s event followed a successful reunion held last year to give the former pupils a chance to say a fond farewell to their old school buildings before they were demolished as part of major refurbishment works.

Spurred on by the sight of so many old friends together again, Sue decided to hold a repeat event for those who couldn’t make the first time.

One of those to have been most profoundly affected by last year’s reunion is Neil Short from the class of ‘80. Neil travelled all the way from Italy to make the last party and enjoyed his return so much that he stayed for good and even put together the band to perform at the latest reunion.

Neil said: “This area has always been where my roots are but I had been travelling around Europe for work up until last year.

“I always dreamed of returning to my homeland so when Sue opened the door with the last reunion that’s when it all came flooding back to me and now I don’t want to leave.”

Neil performed with talented local youngsters Logan, Bosh and Chimp in their band The Rumbolds, who went down very well with the crowd.

Far-flung visitors this time round included Alan Tether who few people had seen since he left to live in Scotland and Wendy Leadbeter who has been living in Ipswich.

Sue would like to say a big thank you to all of those who attended, particularly Mandy Toyne and Steve Motson for making the food, Gail Epton-Grant for making everybody a name badge, Alison Richards for her last minuted help and the venue’s caretakers for being so helpful.