Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Call goes out to all Blacksell’s boys...

08:30 01 May 2014

Gerald Thorne is pictured with some display material already sourced. Picture by Tony Freeman

Gerald Thorne is pictured with some display material already sourced. Picture by Tony Freeman


Barnstaple old boys invited to get together at special reunion this summer.

Gerald Thorne (left) pictured in his school days with former classmate and fellow under 15s rugby teammate Kingsley Chugg.Gerald Thorne (left) pictured in his school days with former classmate and fellow under 15s rugby teammate Kingsley Chugg.

FORMER classmates of Barnstaple Boys’ Secondary School are being invited to get together for a reunion with a difference this summer.

Anyone who went to the school under headmaster John ‘Blackie’ Blacksell is invited to come to the event at Barnstaple Rugby Club on Saturday, June 21.

The reunion is being organised by former old boy Gerald Thorne, 74, from Sticklepath.

The retired painter and decorator has held a number of reunions for former Blacksell’s boys since 2001, but now hopes to reunite all former pupils of the school, rather than just those from his year group.

“The reunions have always been popular but there are less of us about now, so this year we thought it’d be a nice idea to open it to all the old pupils who went to the school,” said Gerald, who was a pupil from 1950 to 1955.

“I would love to hear from anyone who was at the school from its inception.”

The school – also known as Derby College and Blacksell’s Academy – closed in the 1970s and is now Yeo Valley Junior School.

Gerald is also hoping old alumni will help supply school memorabilia for a special display being created for the night of the reunion.

He said: “I need to find photographs and memorabilia to produce a display of the school’s history, but more importantly I need to find the former pupils of the school.”

Former pupils can contact Gerald on 01271 345054.

Other News Stories

The crash at the sub station in Congrams Close, Newport.

VW Polo crashed in Congrams Close this morning (Tuesday)

Read more
An artist's impression of the new leisure building at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.

New entertainment complex planned in major redevelopment

Read more
Pig on the Hill's ?? pickes up the best 'Gastro Pub' award from Gabriel David of Luscombe Drinks and Nigel Barden at The Food & Drink Devon Awards 2015. Picture: Steven Haywood

Two North Devon businesses took home awards fromm fifth ceremony celebrating food and drink in Devon.

Read more
Gearing up for the North Devon Christmas Market are organiser Neil Hampson (left) with local youngsters and Liz and Derrick Spear plus Ian Williams and Ian Roome from Over and Above.

Don’t miss the North Devon Christmas Market in Braunton on Friday, December 4.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:52
Lulu is performing at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple

Join star at the Queen’s Theatre this March as she belts out the hits from her 50 year career

Read more
Yesterday, 11:52

The 19-year-old woman was walking in Town Walk, Barnstaple, when a man approached her and demanded her bag.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:06
A winning team of Brends (from left) Peter, Richard, managing director John, Peter, Justin, and Matthew collect the award from Fiona Bruce,  Hilditch Tennant from Beacon and Simon Numphud AA Hotel Services.

Brend Hotels won hotel group of the year at national awards ceremony presented by television’s Fiona Bruce.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:57
Professional Development and Creative Industries graduates Claire Robert, Myka Scott, Sarah Turner, Mary Myers and Lou Boulter. Picture: Elliot Anderton

Crowds lined the streets as the graduates paraded through Barnstaple

Read more
Yesterday, 09:56

Fire fighters called out to A39 to help rescue woman in overturned van.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:49
Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon.

MP Geoffrey Cox said changes should be ‘put on hold’ until the Care Closer to Home scheme has proved effective.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications