Letchworth classmates meet for diamond jubilee reunion

FORMER classmates came from three different continents for a reunion which was 60 years in the making.

Those who started together at Letchworth Grammar School in September 1952 held their own diamond jubilee celebration last Tuesday.

A total of 21 former pupils met at The Chequers pub in Stotfold for the occasion, with some travelling from the USA and South Africa, as well as Devon, Durham and Derbyshire.

They were joined by Jed Whelan, the current headteacher of Fearnhill School in Letchworth GC, who spoke about the school in its current form after it replaced the grammar school in the 1970s.

Mr Whelan also brought memorabilia from the grammar school along to the reunion, including the school’s flag.

Organiser Dave Thompson, who was able to locate about 30 former classmates in total following an article in the Comet, said: “It went very well and I’ve had lots of feedback from the people who went to say how they enjoyed it.

“The article in the paper brought in a few extra names and it made quite a difference to the numbers. Unfortunately some people couldn’t come this time because of other commitments so they want to do something else and those who were there said we must do this again.”

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