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Reunion plan for ex-pupils

HUNDREDS of former Bognor Regis pupils are set to roll back the years.

 

They are being invited to a reunion to mark a half century since the William Fletcher School and Bognor Regis Grammar School closed.

 

Organiser Bryan Gartside said: “To mark the occasion, we are arranging a reunion at the Newtown Sports and Social Club on April 29.

 

“We have collected around 250 names of former pupils, mainly from memory, and we are hoping for a good supportive turnout. This milestone will not come round again!

 

“The event then is open to people who were in their first year 1966/67, having said that no former pupils will be turned down and we have a number of ex-pupils wanting to attend from other years.”

 

The evening starts at 7pm and a local band will be performing.

 

Bryan is also trying to contact former teachers to see if any of them will be interested to meeting up with their pupils from the sixties.

 

The grammar school opened in 1958 but soon fell victim to the policy of the then government to abolish grammar schools. The combined schools became Bognor Regis Comprehensive School with a split site off Westloats Lane and Pevensey Road.

 

This in turn was renamed Bognor Regis Community College and the twin sites remained until 2010.

 

The Pevensey Road site was closed and activities concentrated on Westloats Lane before the current school was opened and renamed The Regis School.

 

More details from Bryan on 07718 988111 or bryangartside@rocketmail.com.

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