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Former Woodbridge pupils go back to school

PUBLISHED: 09:07 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 April 2019

12 of the 80 ‘Old Woodbridgians’ enjoying their 50-year reunion outside the boarding house at Woodbridge School Picture: WOODBRIDGE SCHOOL

12 of the 80 'Old Woodbridgians' enjoying their 50-year reunion outside the boarding house at Woodbridge School Picture: WOODBRIDGE SCHOOL

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Former Woodbridge School pupils have stepped back in time for a special reunion at the school decades after leaving.

The 80 alumni, known as Old Woodbridgians, travelled far and wide to return to their secondary school for the memorable event.

Among the former students in attendance was 83-year-old Major Nigel Lewis OBE who arrived on a helicopter.

Many of the Old Woodbridgians were returning to the school for the first time since leaving between the 1930s and 1970s. Jack Seagers, aged 101, was the oldest pupil at the reunion, having left the school in 1934.

The group enjoyed reminiscing of days gone by during a tour of the school's new and original buildings and modern facilities, as well as marvelling at the modern 'home comforts' in the boarding house where many of the former pupils had lived over the years.

The Old Woodbridgians enjoyed lunch at the school and a talk on the history of the school's Combined Cadet Force, given by local cultural historian and former Woodbridge School English teacher, Mark Mitchels.

The school's chamber orchestra also played a special rendition of the original school song which the former pupils enjoyed singing along to.

Melanie Chew, development director at the Seckford Foundation, organised the reunion for the Old Woodbridgians.

Ms Chew said: “We were thrilled to have such a terrific response to this special event and we loved hearing the fond school memories of our alumni.

“The history of the school is so important to us, so it was fantastic to capture these memories and hear stories of our school from years gone by.”

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