Monday, 28 April 2008

More Pictures

Sheila Nicholls
Dawn Roe (with Ashlie lurking in the background!)

Joanne Piddock

Linda Severn & Lynn Applegate

Lynn Applegate, Linda Severn, Sharon Chamberlain & Michele Scothern

Lynne Seagrave, Fiona O'Loughlin, Wendy Friend & Joanne Cocker

Oooooerr Missus!
Caroline (Caz) Sadler & Joanne Cocker
Dawn Roe & Dawn Grainger

'That's never me!'

Julie Cope, Sharon Chamberlain & Karen White

Martin Skevington, Paul Johnson & Mark Blacknell

Tim Johnson & Hugh Shepley

Dawn Roe & Chris Hayes

Ashlie Hurt & Susan Derbyshire

Marc Saint

Simon Rhodehous & Joanne Piddock

Fiona O'Loughlin & Mark Blacknell

David Edwards, Ashlie Hurt & Dawn Roe

Mark Blacknell, Joanne Cocker & Carl Walker

Carl Walker & John Dutton

Carl Walker, Joanne Piddock & Marc Saint

Steven Martin

The Class of 1978 in 2008!

Phew - It's All Over!

Tracey Tooley, Alison Green & Ashlie Hurt

What a Night!

We arrived at the Chequer's Inn at about 6.30pm to get the room ready and I think we were all feeling a little nervous and full of trepidation!! Would anyone turn up? We set to and put up banners, balloons and a few old photographs and with a few minutes to spare we ventured downstairs to treat ourselves to a well earned drink and to await the first arrivals.

Dawn Roe arrived first, closely followed by a rather nervous looking Steven (Catlick) Martin and then Sheila Nicholls, who'd travelled all the way from Leeds. It was then the turn of David (Eddie) Edwards who seemed to have two drinks in his hands all night!! Eventually, a few more people started arriving, mainly the girls, think the lads were partaking in a bit of dutch courage downstairs!! Before long the room was buzzing with people greeting long lost friends accompanied with lots of laughter and a few gasps as old school photographs made an appearance and were passed round!!

It was a fantastic event and I don't think Ashlie, Tracey and I could stop smiling all evening, maybe a little out of relief that it all worked out, but mainly because everyone seemed genuinely happy to be there. It was fantastic that some people came a long way and we hope that they thought it was a trip worthwhile.
The first lot of photo's from the evening are below, more to follow.

Alison & Ashlie

Steven (Catlick) Martin

David (Eddie) Edwards

Friday, 25 April 2008

It Started in the Pub - Where Else!!

This year sees the 30th anniversary of the time 'The Class of '78 left secondary school!! The school, Hucknall National Comprehensive School, as it was known then.

Some time last year, on a rare night out, and after a few drinks, a few of us oldies had a brilliant idea of holding a school reunion!

We, Ashlie, Tracey and myself, Alison, started the mammoth task of tracing 'The Class of '78' a couple of months ago. We first placed a letter in the local paper to gauge the interest. The feedback was good, but not as much as we expected. So, began the difficult part, firstly trying to remember names and then trying to locate them. Eventually, after many phone calls (some to complete strangers) we ended up with a contact list of approx 80 people, out of a possible 120!! The initial response to the idea was great, with only a few people declining any involvement. The next stage was to pick a date and a venue. We finally, after many enquiries, chose the venue, The Chequer's Inn, a well known and very popular hostelry in the centre of Hucknall!!!! The date was set for the 26th April 2008. There then followed another round of telephone calls, messages being passed to inform everyone of the details. Tickets went on sale a couple of weeks later.

So, where are we now? We have been selling tickets frantically and spreading the word to as many ex-pupils as possible! The reunion is tomorrow night and we are expecting between 40 and 50 people to turn up. People are coming from as far away as Cornwall, Cambridge, Leeds and other parts of Nottinghamshire, there may even be a few teachers making an appearance!!

I am sure that we will all have a great evening chatting and catching up with each other and I am sure that most of us will be wondering 'Where have those 30 years gone?'