Memories relived at Hartlepool school union

REUNION TIME: English Martyrs' Class of 1985 - join their reunion this Friday.
REUNION TIME: English Martyrs' Class of 1985 - join their reunion this Friday.

MEMORIES of days in the classroom will be relived when a school reunion is held in Hartlepool this week.

Former English Martyrs’ School student Tony Weldon is organising a get-together for the Class of 1985 on Friday, to be held at South Durham Steelworks Club from 7pm.

“We held our first reunion a couple of years ago, after one of the lads in our year - John Scoggins - was sadly killed in a car crash,” said the cable installer, who now lives in Glasgow.

“Not very many of us could attend his funeral, as it was held mid-week, but we decided to hold a reunion to remember him - and we have been organising them ever since.”

English Martyrs School was formed back in 1973 from St Joseph’s Convent, St Francis’ Grammar School, St Anne’s, St Bede’s and St Peter’s Secondary Schools.

The first head was Father John Bell and the original premises were St Anne’s, St Bede’s, St Joseph’s Convent, as well as the St Francis’ buildings of Woodlands and Normanhurst.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Class of 1985 leaving English Martyrs’ and an 80s-themed night, complete with retro sweets and a candy floss machine, is planned.

Admission will cost £5 on the door, with all proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Guests are also asked to bring along a prize, to be raffled for the same charity.

“I’ve set up an event on Facebook to advertise the reunion, but haven’t been able to trace everyone from our year - so I’m hoping an appeal in the Mail may be able to help out,” said Tony.

“We are asking people to wear at least one piece of clothing from the 1980s, as that is our theme, and it should be a great night. All the money raised goes a very good cause as well.”

* Anyone needing further information can contact Tony on 07585800498.