Classmates: Highfield School set for reunion

classmates april 7''Highfield Girls Secondary School, Blackpool 1951.'' Ann Haigh (nee Marsh) is fifth left on the next to back row.

classmates april 7''Highfield Girls Secondary School, Blackpool 1951.'' Ann Haigh (nee Marsh) is fifth left on the next to back row.

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AS the multi-million pound rebuild of Highfield Humanities College nears completion, there is to be a whole school reunion in the current Highfield Road complex on Friday, May 4, from 6.30pm.

Business manager Linda Appleby says: “This will be our final open event as our school is currently being re-built, and is to give the chance for former pupils and staff to have a last look round the old building.

“Numbers are looking very positive at around 1,000 people expressing a Facebook interest so far, with some booking flights from Canada.

“It is to be very informal, with areas of the school sectioned off with special interest displays.

“Because of numbers, we are not able to offer refreshments other than bottled water.

“But we are hoping people will use this event as a meeting place for catching up with ex-teachers and friends.”

Linda Appleby can be contacted for more information by email at admin@highfield.blackpool.sch.uk, or on (01253) 310925 after the Easter break.

One former pupil who will definitely be there is Ann Haigh (nee Marsh), 74, who attended what was then Highfield Girls Secondary School from 1948 to 1952.

Ann is fifth from left on next to the back row and names she recalls include Pamela Hoyland, Doreen Bradshaw, Pat Watson, Valerie Crow and Hannah Windridge.

Ann says: “My headmistress was Dora Bloomer, and we were at school for the 1951 Festival of Britain and held a pageant.

I am looking forward to meeting old friends, but it would be wonderful if anybody who remembers me would get in touch before the reunion.”

Ann can be contacted on (01539) 726926, or at 3 Rydal Mount, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4RS.