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Bill Elgee in his old class where he was a prefect in 1954

Bill Elgee in his old class where he was a prefect in 1954

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HUNDREDS of former pupils took a nostalgic trip back to class for a final time before their school is demolished.

Highfield Humanities College in South Shore opened its doors on Friday to allow the community into the much loved corridors and classrooms.

From September, the Highfield Road school will be replaced by a state of the art £24m building which is currently being built at the site.

But among the excitement for the sparkling new school was some sadness to say goodbye to a huge piece of history.

Sascha Welch, 73, who was head boy of the school in 1954, said: “It’s interesting to be back and have a look round.”

Keith Atkins, 64, from Lytham, added: “I wanted to come because I’ve not been in the school since I left and my sister taught here after I left so it’s part of the family.

“I’m sad it’s going to be knocked down.”

William Elgee, 75, from Poulton, said: “The entrance I used to use for school is blocked off now because back then it was separate for boys and girls.

“I wanted to come back and see what it’s like now. It’s scandalous they’re going to pull it down.”

The visitors, from as far afield as London and Canada, were welcomed by staff old and new.

The old school will be closed in July at the end of term and demolition will begin in the six-week break.

Headteacher Ian Evans, said: “The loss of the old school is bound to bring on feelings of nostalgia so we wanted to give the community the chance to have a final look.

“The evening was a fantastic success. Old friends met up to see the place that held such good memories for them. It also gave them the chance to see the fantastic new school.

“We were very pleased with the turnout. It was so evident Highfield has touched the lives of so many in a very positive way.

“I can reassure parents the new school will be open in September and mark the start of an exciting new phase in Highfield history.”