Back to school days for the Larkholme ‘81 class

TOGETHER AGAIN: Attending the Larkholme High School reunion are (left to right): Marie Connolly, Colin Hind, Sue Tweedle and Alison Tweedle.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Attending the Larkholme High School reunion are (left to right): Marie Connolly, Colin Hind, Sue Tweedle and Alison Tweedle.

IT may no longer exist as a school but that didn’t stop ex-pupils meeting up for a reunion.

The class of ‘81 from Larkholme High School in Fleetwood got together some 30 years after leaving.

Their get-together bash at Fleetwood Gas Workers Club (The Tank) was attended by nearly 50 ex-pupils who were keen to recall days past, and catch up on recent events.

Larkholme High was based on the Broadway site now occupied by Fleetwood High School, but in the mid 1980s it merged with Fleetwood Hesketh High School.

The result was a huge new Fleetwood school which for a time was split between the sites of the two former high schools, Hesketh being based on Beach Road.

For some pupils, they began their secondary education at Larkholme or Hesketh, and midway suddenly became Fleetwood High pupils.

But for the class of 81, who are now aged 45 and 46, they spent all their high school years at Larkholme.

Their reunion certainly proved a resounding success, so much so that there is even talk of staging another one in the near future.

The main coordinators were ex-pupils George Greenall and Denise Luxford.

George said: “It seemed a good idea to do this now that it’s 30 years since our leaving school.

“Some of us hadn’t seen each other since we were in a school uniform! I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who turned up to make this a special and memorable night.

“The staff at The Tank did us proud and helped make it a special occasion. On the night we also raised £120 for the Help for Heroes Charity.” One reunion reveller, Steve Kenyon, said: “I just want to say a big thank you to the organisers for such a fab reunion.”

Simon Slater said: “Well done to George and Denise, it was a great night.”

Julie Underdown (nee Wheatley), added: “The efforts of the organisers were very much appreciated.”

The Class of 81 Prom Queen went to Denise and Prom King went to George, in recognition of them organising the big night.