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Former Dyke House school pupil Philip Lightfoot
Former Dyke House school pupil Philip Lightfoot
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A FORMER pupil at a Hartlepool school is trying to get momentum gathering on plans to hold a reunion to mark the 50th anniversary of leaving.

Philip Lightfoot, who attended Dyke House Secondary School from 1960 to 1964, appeared in Together Again in February appealing for any of his former classmates to get in touch.

He plans to organise a get-together next year to mark 50 years since his year group left school and wants to hear from more schoolpals.

The 64-year-old retired structural engineer has remained good friends with former pupil David Bellerbyand back in February said he had been in touch with ex-classmate Malcolm Daley.

Now he says Glenn Mailen has been in touch, having seen Febuary’s article, “cutting it out and putting it in a drawer and forgetting about it” – until now.

“Something tweaked his memory and he rang me last week, it was like a bolt out of the blue,” said Philip, who now lives in Redmarshall, near Stockton, with wife Pamela.

“He is all for a reunion and the four of us are talking about a get-together anyway, to think about names and where we go from here.

“It would be interesting just to see what people have done with their lives, and to see how a Dyke House education fared for us all.”

Boys and girls were segregated at the school back then, and Philip remembers former classmates including Paul Laybourn, Glenn Lacey, Andrew Coates, Douglas Macklam, Norman Robinson, Raymond Nottingham, and Richie Barnard.

Philip’s schoolmates can contact him on (01740) 630857.