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

Archant

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

Sign the organ donor register today and help save a life tomorrow.

Sign up to Katie’s Appeal and get on the organ donor register today to save a life tomorrow.

Read more

Fire fighters received early morning call out today (Wednesday) after reports of a fire in a garden near Bideford.

Read more
07:07
Frankie Filmer outside the new Herons Lodge day centre

Herons Lea Lodge will provide care for people of all ages

Read more
Yesterday, 11:28
Barnstaple McDonald's.

Restaurant to install digital order points and extra drive through lane

Read more
Yesterday, 10:08
The mini run 2015 in Bideford. Pictures: Graham Hobbs

The mini run was back in North Devon this weekend celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Mini Grand Tour.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07
North Devon Magistrates' Court.

Theft of £18 aquarium pump from Barnstaple shop lands 26-year-old man owing the court nearly £300.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:01
Woody Bay Station is giving half its takings to Children's Hospice South West this weekend.

Visit Woody Bay station on September 5 & 6 and help Children’s Hospice South West

Read more
Sunday, August 30, 2015
The Torrington Trumpton bonfire 2015.

Crowds were treated to a giant charity bonfire and spectacular fireworks display in Torrington last night (Saturday).

Read more
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Winkleigh Airfield aircraft watch tower

A two-storey World War Two watchtower and parts of a secret wartime airfield are being auctioned for £35,500-£50,000 on September 22, along with its nine acres of land and several outbuildings.

Read more
Friday, August 28, 2015
Bideford Hospital.

Health bosses announces plans for sessions in Hatherleigh, Lynton and Barnstaple

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder