Elwick reunion is so good they hold it twice!

Former Elwick Road Secondary Modern School and Brinkburn Comprehensive School pupils during their reunion
Former Elwick Road Secondary Modern School and Brinkburn Comprehensive School pupils during their reunion

IT’S that time of year again – pupils are being rounded up for a reunion that happens biannually.

Neil Appleyard is once again rallying round his former classmates for a reunion of former Elwick Road Secondary Modern School pupils.

The night is also open to ex-Brinkburn Comprehensive School pupils, as Brinkburn was formed when Elwick Road, Hartlepool Boys Grammar and Hartlepool High Schools amalgamated.

This is the 14th get-together for the ex-pupils.

The reunions are usually held in May and November.

The next one takes place at The Blacksmiths Arms, at Stranton, from 7pm on Saturday, November 8.

Organiser Neil Appleyard, a 55-year-old retired teacher, said: “We usually get 25 to 45 people at the reunions.

“Fingers crossed, people turn up and have a good time again.

“Some teachers are coming and hopefully we are going to have a get-together and a drink and a chat.

“I have promoted the event on the Friends Reunited site as well so hopefully lots of people will see it and come along. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone.”

Neil, who is chairman of Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters’ Association (HUDSA), said it is hoped that teachers Bob McLeod and Ken Lupton, who have previously attended the gatherings, will pop by.

The dad-of-two, who lives on the Brooke Estate and is married to Carol, said he was also going to invite his old teachers Jean Williams MBE and Marjorie Richardson, who have turned up previously.