STUDENTS reminisced about their school days as they marked 10 years of life out of the classroom.
Kayley Arnold organised a gathering of her fellow students who left the former Henry Smith School, in Hartlepool, in 2002.
It was held at the Hillcarter Hotel, in the town, last month.
Kayley, 26, was worried not many people would turn up – but she was over the moon when 50 of her old friends descended on the Church Street nightspot.
Kayley, who is mum to six-year-old Throston Primary School pupil Kai Arnold, said: “I was happy with the turnout considering a few people had had reunions in the past and told me that half of the people didn’t turn up.
“Before everyone came I was saying I’d never plan anything like this again as it was so stressful.
“But this one was just brilliant – when I saw the outcome and how good it was, it was well worth it and I would be up for planning a reunion for our 20th anniversary of leaving school.
She said among her old pals to show up were Gayle Gibson, Catherine Snowdon, Samantha Fowler, Stacey Moorhead, Vicky Harrison, Lorna and Sarah King, Paul Kenny, James Noon, Dave Evans, Gary Cool and Andrew Cockerill.
Also there were Katie Burns, who has just returned from spending a year in Australia, and Victoria Holland, who now lives in London.
Kayley said the group went out round the town centre afterwards and added: “I didn’t want the night to end.
“I didn’t realise what a lovely bunch of people I went to school with.
“I’d like to thank everyone for coming.”
She said she hoped to arrange for the friends to meet up in a couple of months, hopefully around Christmas time.
Henry Smith School, in King Oswy Drive, closed in 2001 before re-opening as St Hild’s C of E School.