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Barnstaple ‘old boys’ enjoy annual reunion at rugby club

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2017

Former Barnstaple Boys Secondary Modern School pupils at the Barnstaple Rugby Club reunion on Saturday night. Picture: Tony Freeman

Former Barnstaple Boys Secondary Modern School pupils at the Barnstaple Rugby Club reunion on Saturday night. Picture: Tony Freeman


Fifth Barnstaple Boys Secondary Modern School get-together already booked for early June next year.

More than 120 former Barnstaple classmates have been swapping tales of their school days at a very special reunion.

Organisers had feared that the fourth annual Barnstaple Boys Secondary Modern School get-together may have been the last due to dwindling numbers.

But with plenty of ‘old boys’ still living in the town – and many who travelled to the event from all over the UK and abroad – Barnstaple Rugby Club has already been booked again for a fifth reunion in early June next year.

Organiser Gerald Thorne said there were even a few ‘new’ old faces at the event on Saturday night.

“It was a great successes, with over 120 former students, including some who had never attended before, turning up to meet other old boys,” said Gerald.

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“Unlike the grammar school, where a high percentage of the students moved out of the area onto universities, the pupils at the secondary modern school tended to stay in the town, becoming the skilled tradesmen and entrepreneurs that helped Barnstaple become the successful town of today,” claimed Gerald.

The school in Derby Road started in 1939 and taught boys under the headship of two headmasters, Heppenstall and Blacksell, until its closure in 1972. It is now the Yeo Valley Primary School.

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