Elwick school reunion number eight

Neil Appleyard outside of his former woodwork room at Elwick Road Secondary Modern school. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN
Neil Appleyard outside of his former woodwork room at Elwick Road Secondary Modern school. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

PLANS are underway for a repeat school reunion which takes place twice a year.

Neil Appleyard is organising another reunion for anyone who ever attended Hartlepool’s Elwick Road Secondary Modern School.

It will take place at the Woodcutter pub, in Waverley Terrace, Hartlepool, from 7.30pm on Saturday, December 3.

The event is also open to anyone who attended Brinkburn Comprehensive School between 1973-1977 – as Brinkburn was formed when the Elwick Road, Hartlepool Boys Grammar and Hartlepool High schools amalgamated.

Neil, 53, first appeared in the Mail in April 2008 to promote the popular get-together and it has been such a success, it has been held each May/June and December since then.

This will be the eighth reunion Neil has organised for his fellow classmates and other students from the school over the years.

This time round, Neil is excited with news that his former classmate Alan Ferguson, who lives in Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire.

Neil, who lives on the town’s Brooke Estate and attended the school from 1969 to 1974, said: “I haven’t seen him for years.

“He phoned me up out of the blue and he is hoping to come. “We also hope to get some of the staff together again.”

Neil, a father-of-two who is married to Carol, said he is also inviting people from the cross-over from when the modern school and Hartlepool High School for Girls become Brinkburn Comprehensive.

The former teacher, who is chairman of Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters’ Association (HUDSA), said on average, more than 40 people turn up to each reunion.

He added: “To have more than 40, for an older group is quite good really. “Hopefully there will be a few more coming to this reunion.”

People are asked to take a bring and share buffet and there will also be a quiz.

To find out more, call Neil on 07747 735247 or email: neilappleyard@hotmail.com