Old Echo photos spark school reunion in Lincoln after 40 years
Old photos from the Lincolnshire Echo archives have sparked a school reunion in Lincoln after more than 40 years.
Memories of Jane Burgess's time at Christ's Hospital Girls High School came flooding back when she saw the music festival pictures reproduced in the Echo on October 25.
"I recognised one of the pupils as one of the Williams sisters – Vicki, Frankie or Gella," said Mrs Burgess, who attended the school in Lindum Road, now Lincoln School of Art & Design, from 1964 to 1971.
"I decided to contact Frankie Williams who was in my year and check with her. Using a social media site and another website I got in touch with her and she told me it was her elder sister Vicki in the photo of the Christ's Hospital Girls High School choir with their music teacher Miss Dove.
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"Frankie then suggested that as our year at school would all be 60 this year we should arrange a reunion.
"We have decided to have a get together of the class of 1971 on Saturday, April 27.
"Contact has been made with 45 ex-pupils but there are at least another 35 to find from our year, who would have joined age 11 in 1964."
Mrs Burgess, now associate director at insurance firm Thompson & Richardson (Lincoln) Ltd, said the school was her springboard to a successful career. "We had a grammar school system in Lincoln at the time and coming from a working class family, I was lucky enough to get in after passing my 11-plus," she said.
"After school I worked for 30 years for Royal Insurance in Silver Street and then became a broker in 2001.
"My father had also passed his 11-plus but as the youngest of 12 children his parents did not have the money for the uniform, books and everything you had to buy then, so he went to Sincil Bank.
"I had seen some of the other ex-pupils in supermarkets over the years and we'd say we should have a get together, but this photo was the impetus to actually do it.
"We are hoping to have a tour of the old school, which is now owned by the university, and maybe lunch at the Adam & Eve."
Fellow old girl Sue Jelly said: "Everyone seems to be looking forward to it so I hope there's a good turn-out."
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