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The class of 1980 returns to Portsmouth High School
The class of 1980 returns to Portsmouth High School

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PORTSMOUTH High School took a trip back to 1980 for a reunion.

Pupils who left the Southsea school at the start of that decade met up for tea and a tour of how it’s changed over the years.

The women, who were students there in the year John Lennon was assassinated, Mount St Helens erupted, the Pac-Man video game was released and the Rubik’s Cube was the must-have tour, reminisced about their time there 36 years ago and visited new and older parts of the school.

There was delight and a sense of nostalgia as they remembered lessons and teachers and recalled conversations that had long been forgotten.

Former pupil Tracey Clarke-Sullivan (neé Clarke) said: ‘It is fascinating to find the old school moulded into the new and a wonderful selection of new subjects being studied. I was very happy here and I have very happy memories of my time at Portsmouth High School.’

The ladies enjoyed looking at the memorabilia from their years at school, including photographs of the Duchess of Gloucester opening the ‘New Hall’ in 1976.

Headmistress Jane Prescott, who showed the girls around the school, said: ‘It is always a delight to show former pupils around the school and hear their stories of their time spent here.

‘We are so pleased when they stay in touch.’