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Coal Clough pupils get together for reunion
1:56pm Monday 16th July 2012 in Burnley
A GROUP of pupils from a girls’ school have finally held their school leavers’ party – 50 years after it should have taken place.
The class of ’62 from Burnley’s former Coal Clough Secondary School never got the chance to mark the end of their time together, a fact they remedied at a big bash at the Fence Gate Inn.
Twenty-one women from as far away as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Chester and Halifax gathered to raise a glass, show old photographs and share memories of their schooldays Christine Sharp (nee Isherwood), 65, from Ightenhill, had the idea for a reunion after bumping into one of her former classmates, Brenda Smithies.
They started meeting regularly for coffee with a few other former pupils, which led to the idea for the party, half-a-century to the week since the women left the school.
And following an appeal in the Lancashire Telegraph the event was able to go ahead.
Christine said: “It was such an emotional and memorable evening. The chatter and the camera flashes never seemed to stop for hours and I saw girls I hadn’t seen for 50 years.
“Most of us still live in the area but others who have moved elsewhere made the effort to come. We had a lovely meal and a cake and it all passed too quickly.
“We’ve waited 50 years but said it was better late than never to have our leaving party, and have agreed to organise another get-together in five years time.”