Reunion for old boys and girls from Hunters Bar School

Hunters Bar School Re-Union at the Greystones Pub.....BR LtoR.Don Hall,Roger Milnes,Andrew Arber,Janet Broomhead,Janet Bardwell,Barbara Shone,Allan Shone,Ken Moore...FR LtoR. Barbara Filling,Barbara Thompson,Dorothy Mason,Pauline Jenkinson,Judith Hodgkinson,Doreen Ratheram,Zandra Chatterton...All the ladies using maiden names

Hunters Bar School Re-Union at the Greystones Pub.....BR LtoR.Don Hall,Roger Milnes,Andrew Arber,Janet Broomhead,Janet Bardwell,Barbara Shone,Allan Shone,Ken Moore...FR LtoR. Barbara Filling,Barbara Thompson,Dorothy Mason,Pauline Jenkinson,Judith Hodgkinson,Doreen Ratheram,Zandra Chatterton...All the ladies using maiden names

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OLD pals took a trip down memory lane as they reunited more than 60 years after leaving a Sheffield school.

Former pupils of Hunters Bar School met up at the Greystones pub in Sheffield to swap stories and reminisce about their schooldays.

Hunters Bar School Re-Union at the Greystones Pub.....Old School pic

Hunters Bar School Re-Union at the Greystones Pub.....Old School pic

The reunion was held for old pupils celebrating their 75th and 80th birthdays this year, with organiser June Broad saying the event went ‘very well’.

June, aged 77, who lives in Crookes and left Hunters Bar in 1949, said the former pupils hold regular meet-ups, with the most recent attracting 10 first-timers.

“People had told others to turn up so it was a bit of a word of mouth success. It went very well, everybody enjoyed it,” she said.

June said ladies from the school - who call each other the ‘golden girls’ - meet around eight times a year, and are sometimes joined by old boys from Hunters Bar.

“A lot of us know each other - we have a bit of a chat and a gossip,” she added.

“It’s reminiscing, really, about the old times and the school. There’s a lot to talk about.”

June said she has ‘very good memories’ of the school, which catered for pupils aged five to 15.

In 1956 the senior school closed down, with some teachers and older pupils transferring to the then-new Silverdale Comprehensive School.

“We used to enjoy playing games in the school yard, and used to go to concerts at Sheffield City Hall and trips to Weston Park museum,” June said.

“We had to behave ourselves, though - we had strict teachers, one look was enough to make you behave. We knew how to respect people.”

June said some of her happiest memories from Hunters Bar were exchange trips, where girls would visit pupils from around the country.

“We stayed at the other girls’ houses and then we’d take them round each town,” she said. “When they came to Sheffield we took them to Ladybower reservoir.”

June revealed the reunions earned her the nickname ‘navy knickers’ after an item of the Hunters Bar uniform.

“When I was at school we wore navy knickers in our school uniform - I took a pair to one of our reunions and people have started calling me after them.”

After leaving Hunters Bar aged 15, the school found June a job at the WH Smith wholesale warehouse, supplying newsagents with papers and books.

“It’s the best job I ever had, 10 of us are still friends today. Now we’re all retired we can go out for meals and day trips and we always send each other Christmas and birthday cards,” she said.

The next two reunions are at the Greystones pub at 11am - for ‘golden girls’ on September 19 and lads and lasses on October 10.