Reunion to remember ‘best days’ at Hartlepool school

A school photo provided by Stephen McGregor who is organising a reunion for former King Oswy and Henry Smith pupils

A school photo provided by Stephen McGregor who is organising a reunion for former King Oswy and Henry Smith pupils

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Ex-pupils of a former Hartlepool school are being invited to remember the best days of their lives by attending an upcoming reunion.

Stephen McGregor is organising the reunion for anyone who went to King Oswy Secondary Modern School or its replacement Henry Smith’s Comprehensive.

A school photo provided by Stephen McGregor who is organising a reunion for former King Oswy and Henry Smith pupils

A school photo provided by Stephen McGregor who is organising a reunion for former King Oswy and Henry Smith pupils

Stephen, who was in the last in take of King Oswy pupils and left in 1977, has hired the Borough Hall on the Headland and proceeds from the reunion will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Former pupils now living abroad have already said they will be coming to the party planned for May next year.

The 54-year-old taxi driver said: “My year group has had two reunions and I suggested opening it up to get a few more.

“This is the first one where we will be raising money for charity.

The more people I get the merrier

Stephen McGregor, reunjion organiser

“It is open to everyone from King Oswy and Henry Smith school from 1958 when it opened until it closed.

“I want to try and make it an annual thing. The more people I get the merrier.”
Stephen has started a page on Facebook called King Oswy and Henry Smith’s Fundraiser Group to help spread the word.

Since launching in the summer it now boasts over 1,100 members.

“It has just grew and grew,” he added. “I’ve got people coming from Spain and France.”

FUNDRAISER: Stephen McGregor (54) outside the Borough Hall ahead of the school reunion event Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Stephen McGregor (54) outside the Borough Hall ahead of the school reunion event Picture: DAVID WOOD

Stephen, who lives in the town centre area of Hartlepool, went to King Oswy Comprehensive between 1972 and 1977 when it became Henry Smith’s Comprehensive.

That was later replaced by the current St Hild’s Church of England School in 2001.

As well as ticket sales, the night will feature games such as stand up bingo will go to charity.

Stephen is also searching for sponsors to add to the fundraising.

Potential sponsors out there or for more details contact Stephen on 07538 552605.