In the 1960s these students were just starting out on adult life - to celebrate half a century since leaving school they held a reunion in Littleport to talk about the good old days

School reunion of former puils and teachers of Martins School in Littleport

School reunion of former puils and teachers of Martins School in Littleport - Credit: Archant

The good old days were brought back to life when three teachers who taught at a Littleport secondary school, demolished 30 years ago, met with former students who were teenagers in the swinging sixties.

Littleport reunion

Littleport reunion - Credit: Archant

Woodwork teacher Harold Partridge, 90, dress making and domestic science teacher Penny Morton, 85 and rural sciences teacher Jean Browning, 83, enjoyed an evening walking down memory lane with around 35 past students of Martins School.

One couple, Stuart and Ann Porter, travelled from Pennsylvania in America to join the event which had been made possible thanks to the power of Facebook, emails and word of mouth.

One of the organisers Linda Barker, 65, said: “It’s something I recommend to everybody, the years pass by so quickly and before you know it you are retired, being able to catch up and talk about school days was wonderful.

“It is 50 years since we left, the time has gone in a flash, the teachers enjoyed reminiscing and we loved talking about the good old days, it was a really special evening.

“We had name badges - the men had changed a lot more than the women and some were unrecognisable!” she said.

The food, laughs and memories were flowing at the reunion of pupils from 1965 to 1968 at the Royal British Legion in Littleport and a raffle raised £300 for the Poppy Appeal.

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Martins School had about 400 pupils from the town and surrounding villages but it was closed in the 1980s and students mostly went to Ely College.

Despite a petition and campaign to stop it from closing the move went ahead and the site is now home to Beech Court residential home and Littleport Primary School.