Ex-pupils throw 50th birthday bash for Tring School pals

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FORMER pupils of a secondary school have been hunting down old pals for a reunion that will celebrate their 50th birthdays.

The big bash, which will be at The Red Cross Hall, in Faversham Close on Saturday, July 7 at 7pm, will be a joint party for former pupils of Tring School.

Organiser Renee Alldridge is inviting people who went to the school between 1973 and 1978. She has put up posters around the town and has been using social networking sites Facebook and Friends Reunited as well as word of mouth to track down the ex-students.

She said: “The idea came from a reunion of classmates some years back. We thought it would be a nice way to celebrate our 50th birthday year.

“I don’t know how many people to expect as not everyone RSVPs, they just turn up. It’s exciting. It will be interesting to meet old classmates and hearing their stories.”

The party will have a barbecue and anyone who attends is being asked to bring a bottle and some barbecue meat, as well as any old school photographs and memorabilia.

When Renee, who now lives in Berkhamsted and works as a PA, attended to the school in Mortimer Hill her year group had five houses with 30 people in each one.

Former pupil Bruce Sherring-Lucas, from Tring, is helping to prise old school pals out of the woodwork.

He said: “This is a really great opportunity for people to catch up.

“During our school days there were only 600 people in the school as it was less developed.

“I remember Mr Watkins was our headteacher and I have fond memories.

“The teachers were firm but fair and we respected them - if we got a clip around the back of the head for being naughty, we would say ‘sorry sir’.”