Reunion to boost hospice

Former King Oswy School pupils Karin Manchester (left) and Carole-Ann Swanson are planning a school reunion
Former King Oswy School pupils Karin Manchester (left) and Carole-Ann Swanson are planning a school reunion

SCHOOLMATES are set for a reunion while raising money for a much-loved cause at the same time.

Karin Manchester, whose maiden name was Beach and who was better known by her middle name Jane, and Carole-Ann Swanson, whose maiden name was Clark, are organising a reunion for anyone who attended King Oswy Secondary Modern School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.

Proceeds will go to Hartlepool and District Hospice as the pair agree it is such a worthy cause.

The pair attended the school from 1970 to 1975 and as well as the get-together being open to their group, they are also extending the invitation to anyone who attended up until 1980, when it was later known as Henry Smith School.

The event is taking place at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club, also in King Oswy Drive, where former classmate Lynn Hunter is stewardess, from 7.30pm on Friday, November 30.

Mum-of-three and retired nursing sister Karin, who lost touch with classmates after moving to Thirsk but is now living in Wynyard, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing everybody and it is all for a good cause.
“The school is no longer there, so it will be good to reminisce after all these years.

“I started the school in 1970 and it became Henry Smith School when I was in third year in 1973.

“We talked to a couple of people on Facebook and they said we should have a reunion.”

Karin, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2005 and given the all-clear earlier this year, wrote a regular column in the Hartlepool Mail in 2006 about her experience.

She said she would love to see her old schoolfriends including Colin Taylor, who was in the year below her, his brother Kevin, who was in the year above and their younger twin sisters Julie and Lynn, as well as Janet Leighton, Margaret Rumble, Pauline Boagey, Jaqueline Bartholomew, Susan Bell, Julie Standing, Paula Green, Margaret Arnold and John Spence.

Karin and Carole-Ann, a mum-of-one and former Hartlepool council worker from Bishop Cuthbert who is married to Tommy, would also love to see their former teachers at the event, including Mrs Steel.

Tickets are £5 for the event, which includes a disco and pie and pea supper, and they are available from the club or by calling Karin on 07752 904068.