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School Reunion 2002

On 30th December, 2002, a reunion was organised for the South Shields High Schools and Grammar Schools. It was the first time such an event had been held, and it was a huge success. The article below is from the Shields Gazette of 3rd January, 2003, and is reprinted with their permission.

Names not given in the article:
Back: Audrey Searle (nee Purvis), ?, Maureen Turnbull (nee Overton), Bert Land, Alan Johnson, John Coulson
Front: Noreen Gasston (nee White), Eric Moyse (organiser), Adrienne Land (nee Little)

MEMORIES EVOKED ... Eric Moyse, kneeling centre, reunion organiser, with former pupils at South Shields High School for Girls and Boys

AN old boy at a South Shields school travelled from the other side of the world to meet up with old classmates at a reunion back in the town.
   Age and distance proved no barrier to former classmates determined to attend a get-together of former pupils who attended South Shields High School for Boys and Girls and South Shields Grammar-Technical Schools.
   More than 300 people turned out for the event held at the South Shields and Westoe Club on Monday.
    And the prize for the person travelling the furthest went to Colin Henry, who came all the way from Tasmania to meet up with some old pals.
    Also in attendance were three octogenarians and 10 former staff, most of whom were also former pupils.
     Councillor Joan Jackson (nee Blenkinsop), another ex-pupil, attended with her husband and mayoral consort, Arthur.
   Alex Patterson also telephones from his home in Quebec, Canada, with a "wish I was there" message.
   Tributes were also paid to three distinguished former pupils who died in 2002 - John Erickson, Professor Robert Wilson and the author James Mitchell, creator of TV's When the Boat Comes In.
   Eric Moyse, one of the event organisers, said visitors brought selections of old school memorabilia, such as scarves and caps, and reveals that a visitors' book, signed by those in attendance, was now kept at Harton Comprehensive, the successor school to the former Boys' Grammar.
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