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Nostalgic event for 1950s Fakenham High students

PUBLISHED: 12:04 27 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:31 07 July 2010

Chris Hill

Former pupils from the 1958/59 term at Fakenham High School have been invited back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building's opening.

The school relocated from Queen's Road in 1958 but its blocks at Field Lane were formally opened by the Marchioness Townshend on November 10, 1959.

Former pupils from the 1958/59 term at Fakenham High School have been invited back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building's opening.

The school relocated from Queen's Road in 1958 but its blocks at Field Lane were formally opened by the Marchioness Townshend on November 10, 1959.

To mark the occasion, ex-students will get the chance to relive memories of their classmates and teachers at a special event at 2.30pm on Monday, December 7.

Headteacher Richard Moore will meet past pupils in the school library for a cup of tea and a slice of celebratory cake made by today's students.

There will also be an opportunity to go on a tour of the school with the head boy and head girl, accompanied by school historian Jim Baldwin.

Mr Baldwin was among the first pupils to study at the new secondary modern school in the 1950s and is now the school's resources manager.

He said: “I have been talking to some of my ex-school chums and they seemed very interested - I think it has taken a number of people by surprise how long ago it was.

“I think it will create a mixture of nostalgia and curiosity for people to a see what things are like today and cast their minds back to remember how it was then. And there's always the chance they could meet up with one or two colleagues they have not seen for 50 years.”

t Anyone wishing to attend should contact Pauline Chamberlain or Jim Baldwin on 01328 851039.

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