Poignant reunion for far-flung Portsmouth school pals after decades apart

REUNION: Classmates from St Johns School, Southsea, met up for the first time in almost 30 years and looked over old photos
REUNION: Classmates from St Johns School, Southsea, met up for the first time in almost 30 years and looked over old photos
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FORMER school friends travelled from around the world to attend their first school reunion.

It has been almost three decades since the St John’s College class of 1989 saw each other.

OLD FRIENDS: The group were joined by former and present members of St Johns College staff at the reunion

OLD FRIENDS: The group were joined by former and present members of St Johns College staff at the reunion

They took a step back in time last week as they took a tour of the Southsea independent school and marvelled at old form photographs of themselves.

Five former teachers from their time joined them for what was a brilliant look back on their school careers and a chance to catch up with old friends.

Nic Cronin, 43, from Fareham, organised the event.

He said: ‘I was feeling a bit nostalgic and it felt like the right time to hold a reunion.

LAUGHS: It was fun to share memories of school days

LAUGHS: It was fun to share memories of school days

‘There were about 25 of us and everyone made a huge effort. Some came from as far away as the USA, Dubai, and Vietnam.

‘The strangest thing was seeing five of our old teachers. The have all since retired but had each taught there for more than 35 years. They didn’t recognise any of us until we told them our names and then it clicked.

‘It was great to see everyone, but also very poignant because one of our school friends, Jeremy Warringer, died suddenly just a few weeks after the reunion.’

TOUR: The former classmates were taken on a walk down memory lane in the school grounds

TOUR: The former classmates were taken on a walk down memory lane in the school grounds

MEMORIES: Meeting for first time in years

MEMORIES: Meeting for first time in years

PHOTOS: Looking at pictures from the past

PHOTOS: Looking at pictures from the past

CHATTING: Reminiscing about the old days

CHATTING: Reminiscing about the old days

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