We play reunion role
PUBLISHED: 15:29 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2: The World Web and the Exmouth Journal were instrumental in bringing together some of the Class of '68 for a wonderful evening of nostalgia and friendship 40 years after leaving Exmouth Grammar School. Head Boy Joe Putman, who now lives in Australia, was i
The World Web and the Exmouth Journal were instrumental in bringing together some of the Class of '68 for a wonderful evening of nostalgia and friendship 40 years after leaving Exmouth Grammar School.Head Boy Joe Putman, who now lives in Australia, was intending to visit England and wished to meet some of his follow old Exmothians so he began making contacts through the "Friends Reunited" website. He was soon in touch with "neighbour" Christine Carpenter, also living "Down under", and she was quickly in communication with Mary Norton in France. The news reached Judith Bray in Exmouth and she placed an advertisement in the Journal, so the computer illiterate, like me, would know about it and she and Joe arranged the reunion for July 19, Joe's 58th birthday.Joe was delighted to meet the assembled gathering in the "Clipper" (Lennard's Bar in our day) having already visited Head of 6th Form Mr Roy Smith earlier in the day.Memories came flooding back during convivial conversation. Hayden Ward reminded me of how I ran him out in a school cricket match when he had made 48! Michael Caine, who travelled from Topsham to Exmouth station during his schooldays, once again made that journey to the reunion.Former Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Alan Street, described the feeling of meeting his old school friends again as surreal. He was delighted that he and other members of the last 6th Form at Exmouth Grammar School were able to share rich and really successful experiences of careers and family life. He was deeply moved by the fantastic camaraderie.The group completed a memorable evening by moving next door for a meal in the Bamboo.The reunion was such a success that it was decided to meet again in 2010.