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6,000 mile round-trip for Barnstaple boys’ reunion

16:59 26 June 2014

Dave Phillips from Brisbane Australia, George Roberts from Maryland USA and Paddy Lawson from Tasmania travelled thousands of miles to attend the reunion. Picture: Tony Freeman.

Dave Phillips from Brisbane Australia, George Roberts from Maryland USA and Paddy Lawson from Tasmania travelled thousands of miles to attend the reunion. Picture: Tony Freeman.

Tony Freeman

Old boys travel thousands of miles for school reunion

87 year old Ivan Turner with Trevor Shaddick one of the schools old boys on the Rugby Club committee. Picture: Tony Freeman.87 year old Ivan Turner with Trevor Shaddick one of the schools old boys on the Rugby Club committee. Picture: Tony Freeman.

More than 100 old classmates turned up last weekend to Barnstaple Boys’ Secondary School’s first ever reunion – with some even travelling from as far away as Australia.

Hosted at Barnstaple Rugby Club, where £350 was raised towards the club’s funds, organisers had originally confirmed only twenty old boys’ attendance beforehand.

As well Dave Phillips and Paddy Lawson, who both began their journeys Down Under, George Roberts journeyed more than 3,000 miles from Maryland, USA.

Following the event’s success, preparations are already being made for next year.

Old Boy John Howard turned up with his original official school scarf. Picture: Tony Freeman.Old Boy John Howard turned up with his original official school scarf. Picture: Tony Freeman.

Organiser Gerald Thorne, who was a pupil at Barnstaple Boys’ School between 1950 and 1955, said he was completely ‘blown away with how the event was supported.’

He added: “I think probably the oldest old boy was Ivan Turner at the age of 87!”

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