Old Gadshillians gather at school to celebrate friendship and success

Former students of Gad’s Hill swapped stories about teachers, classmates and memories at their annual reunion.

Old Gadshillians from classes ranging from the 1930s to 2015 celebrated their time at the school with a lunch and Pimm’s reception, followed by a tour of the old and new schools.

Many of the guests travelled from all over the UK to attend the event where they reminisced about their own school days with Gad’s 2016 prefects, who joined them for the fork buffet.

While looking around the school’s newly refurbished reading and research room, one lady who attended in the 1950s, when the school was all-girls, entertained present pupils with her account of how some books were strictly off-bounds – it seems Enid Blyton was deemed ‘too racy’ in the 1950s and the girls daren’t borrow a title of hers but would instead gaze longingly at the collection that remained firmly on the library shelves!

Enid Mary Blyton was an English children’s writer whose books have been among the world’s best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies.

Gad’s headmaster David Craggs said:  “It’s always lovely to welcome so many old friends back to the school and see their reaction to our latest improvements.

“Browsing through old photographs and hearing tales from yesteryear is lovely but the highlight of the day is seeing the friendships started at Gad’s that are still going strong after so many years – I wish the same fortune for our current students.”