John O’Gaunt celebrates its 60th Anniversary in ‘Vintage Style’

John O’Gaunt celebrates its 60th Anniversary in ‘Vintage Style’

‘JOG’ School (as it is affectionately known) threw open its doors to its community, former staff and students on a recent Friday Afternoon, to celebrate its Diamond Anniversary. After students and current staff enjoyed a vintage-style Sports Day and a visit from the ice-cream van, the afternoon was all about sharing memories, a walk round an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia over the years, and a delightful cream tea.
In a year that saw Beatlemania, The Great Train Robbery and the first appearance of Dr Who on black-and-white screens, former students Stephen Reay and Anthony Morley, who were two of the first through the door of the new school, recall it closing immediately due to the worst winter in a generation, with snow piled high and the new heating system struggling to cope.
They shared fond memories of good times, and just how much had changed – both chose to leave school at 15, with Stephen finding himself just weeks later in the Navy on HMS Ganges and Anthony joining the family building firm.
Other guests included former Headteacher David Lee (1975-1985) and Victor Lardner, who taught PE for 25 years, Geography for 4 and was an exam invigilator for 12 years! His son also attended and his grandson Harry attends today, making three generations at the school. Linda Hunt attended from 1973-1978 and remembers petitioning the school to be allowed to play football at a time when girls were not allowed. Her brother-in-law Alan recalls accidentally setting fire to the kiln in Technical Science … 

Mayor Helen Simpson said ‘this has been a wonderful event for the town to reminisce sixty fabulous years of JOG!’

 

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