Friday the 13th not unlucky for reunion

(from left) English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee, teacher Joe Linden, Angela Temple, Carol Watson, and teachers ... Parker and ... Cann
(from left) English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee, teacher Joe Linden, Angela Temple, Carol Watson, and teachers ... Parker and ... Cann

A SCHOOL reunion raised hundreds of pounds for a cause that helps dementia sufferers.

A get-together was held for English Martyrs’ School’s Class of 83.

The event, held at Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, was attended by around 90 people and raised around £800 for the town’s Gretton Court Nursing Home, in Heather Grove.

The Mail reported last month that organisers Alyson Lloyd (nee Laughton), Jackie Reddick (nee Dickson) and Terry Nixon had managed to find all but 13 of the 220-strong year group.

Alyson, a 46-year-old mum-of-one from Hart Station, said: “Only two I think of those attended but a few more joined our Facebook group due to the Mail article, so a big thanks.

“We have decided to have regular get-togethers now as everyone had a really good time on the night and it brought everyone back together.”

Alyson, who works as an administrator for Home Group, added: “The evening took place on Friday the 13th but was far from unlucky, over 90 people attended and we raised over £800 for Gretton Court.

“We had past and present teachers in attendance along with former pupils who had travelled the country and the globe to attend.”

Among the staff who attended were current headmaster Michael Lee, who has worked at the school for 36 years.

A raffle at the reunion was supported by numerous donors including the Travellers Rest, Mobeus, Raffertys, MKM, Hartlepool Power Station and Fish Face.