School friends reunited after five decades

The old school friends at their reunion
The old school friends at their reunion
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MEMORIES of days gone by came flooding back for a group of old friends – almost 50 years after they all left the same school.

Fourteen former students of Milton Modern Girls School in Milton, Portsmouth met for a reunion at the Sir Alec Rose pub in Port Solent.

Marilyn White (nee Bennett) travelled from Wellington in Somerset for the reunion.

She said it was a thrill to see her school friends, many of whom had not met up with each other in decades.

Mrs White said: ‘When we were teenagers we went to Wimborne and Eastney youth clubs where we learnt all the latest Mod dances, growing up with The Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Small Faces, The Rolling Stones in the fantastic 1960s.

‘Some of us later owned scooters and I had my own motorbike, changing to a rocker. We all had so much to talk about when we got together, almost 50 years on for some of us.

‘Everyone was thrilled to bits and caught up on old school days, teachers and our escapades.’

The group also included Carole Thatcher, Ann Cook, Carolann Rogers, Lynette West, Rochelle Boyle, Valerie Reid, Sue Whitehouse, Valerie Hartt, April Spiers, Rosemarie Griffin, Janet Andrews, Nina Wood and Rona Daye.

Many of them went to the same infant and junior school in Wimborne Road.

The friends, who are now all 63 or 64 years old, plan to meet up again in summer.