Lister Street kids together again

Former Lister Street Junior School pupils at the Hope and Anchor.
Former Lister Street Junior School pupils at the Hope and Anchor.
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FORMER school pals shared joy and sadness during a recent reunion.

Thirteen ex-pupils of Hartlepool’s former Lister Street Junior School gathered at the Hope and Anchor pub, in High Street, Greatham, for a get-together.

Some of the group had travelled from as far as the Midlands, with another making a journey from Whitby for the event.

It was organised by former pupil Robert Smith, along with Christine Anderson (nee Peddle), Mavis Dent, Neil Midgely, Peter Harrington, Carol Burns (nee Sherwood), Doris Dixon (nee Downes) and Frank Harrison.

Robert, 65, who lives in the Fens area, said: “Thirteen turned up, with one person travelling from the Midlands and another from Whitby.

“Despite the passage of over 53 years, some of us were able to identify each other, but it seems that the boys are easier to recognise!

“We shared many happy memories of not only school trips, but life in general at Lister Street School at that time, wooden desks, ink wells and warm school milk. “Teachers were fondly recalled and there were some sad moments for some when discovering that not all of our classmates are still with us.”

Robert, who is married to Gillian and dad to Duncan and Kara Smith, added: “The whole evening was a tremendous success and well worthwhile. “Everyone is up for another reunion before too long and hoping that even more old friends and classmates come along.”

Robert, who is a volunteer walk leader for Hartlepool Borough Council and previously worked in accounts and for the Mail’s advertising department, before finishing his career as a countryside warden, set the wheels in motion for the reunion after submitting Doris Dixon’s picture of a Lister Street school trip to London, from 1958, to the Mail’s Memory Lane page.

After other former school pals saw the article, it was agreed that they should have a reunion.