Former schoolfriends to continue reunions

Schoolfriends from Withinfields and Victoria Secondary School share their memories at their annual reunion at Lightcliffe Club
Schoolfriends from Withinfields and Victoria Secondary School share their memories at their annual reunion at Lightcliffe Club
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ORGANISERS of the joint reunion of Withinfields Primary School, Southowram, and Victoria Secondary School, Brighouse, have decided the show will go on.

The future of the reunion hung in the balance as organisers, Barry Chapman, Peter Edwards and Jacqueline Mallett, announced they were standing down last month.

But during the recent reunion at the Lightcliffe Club Mr Chapman and Mr Edwards did an unexpected U-turn as they decided to continue organising the reunion.

Mr Chapman said everyone wanted it to continue but no one wanted to take it on. “It is my baby and I realised that I didn’t want to give it up and Peter offered to help so we decided to do it again. Everyone gave us a round of applause.”

Mrs Mallett (nee Pape), who has been organising the reunion for the past three years, announced during the speeches that she would still be stepping down due to health problems but that she would help the duo where she could.

The sad part of the evening, which was attended by more than 70 people, was the reading of the names of eight people who had died since last year’s reunion. They were John Rukin, 66, Jean Barrett, 74, Eric Hemingway, 85, Ken Heath, 85, Barry Holdsworth, 55, Ann Oxtoby, 65, Conrad Thompson, 77 and Keith Belshaw, 65.

Next year’s event has been booked at Lightcliffe Club for Friday, October 12, 2012.