Holidays blamed for less pals at reunion

Reunion newcomes Eddie Rudd (left) catches up with former classmates.
Reunion newcomes Eddie Rudd (left) catches up with former classmates.

FORMER schoolpals reminisced during a reunion that is held twice a year.

Neil Appleyard organised a reunion for anyone who has ever attended Elwick Road Secondary Modern School, in Hartlepool.

The event was also open to who attended Brinkburn Comprehensive School between 1973-1977.

The reunion was held earlier this month at The Woodcutter pub, in Waverley Terrace, and 25 people went along.

There are usually between 40 and 50 people at the gatherings, but numbers were down.

Neil said: “I think a lot of people were on holiday.

“But we had a great night - you can get round and talk to people more when there are fewer people.

“I’m sure that the next one will be a lot more popular.

“It will be good around Christmas time when we get a lot more people coming home.

“It was good fun, we really enjoyed it.”

The reunion is held twice a year, usually in May or June, and then in December and has been running since 2008.

Neil, who is chairman of Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters’ Association (HUDSA), and a retired teacher, said there was a new face amongst the regulars - Eddie Rudd, who left the school the same year as Neil, in 1974.

Neil, a 55-year-old dad-of-two, who lives on the Brooke Estate, in Hartlepool, and is married to Carol, said: “I last saw Eddie about 20 years ago, then recently bumped into him in Asda and told him about the reunion.
“He still lives in the town and hasn’t changed one bit.

“He said he would come along to our future reunions.”