The class of 1984 will return to Court Moor School in Fleet next May for a special reunion
Former pupils of Court Moor School in Fleet are preparing to turn the clock back 30 years for a special reunion.
Memories will come flooding back when the class of 1984 return to their old school next May.
Among those already on the list is former pupil Cathie Hall, who is taking her son out of school for a week and flying all the way from New York with her husband Robert for the reunion.
“Please get in touch with as many friends as possible and nag them to come,” she urged.
“It will be a fun night and it would be great to see as many former pupils as possible.”
Reunion organiser Pete Cole is urging as many former pupils to book their tickets as soon as they can.
He said: “I know next May seems ages away, but if you live overseas you need to make plans now.
“It’s going to be a good laugh and a great chance to catch up.”
Mr Cole arrived at Court Moor at the end of the old 4th year.
“I was only there for a year and a bit," he said.
“I was uprooted from Medway in Kent because Margaret Thatcher shut down Chatham Dockyard where my father worked.
“I went from going to an all-boys school in Kent to a mixed school in Fleet so it was a big culture shock for me.
“Some of the girls used to enjoy talking to me just to get me to go bright red because I was a bit shy.”
Mr Cole, who works as a conference organiser, still has very fond memories of the school. “I made some life long friends and I had my first girlfriend when I moved to Fleet,” he said.
“I was one of the kids that didn’t get into trouble but wasn’t a swot either.
“I had some run-ins with some bullies but we had a reunion at Court Moor in 2000 and I made friends with them.
“One of them was in tears saying ‘I’m so sorry for what I did at school’.”
Mr Cole said he still remembers hearing a commotion while he was in a maths class.
“I looked outside to see one of the teachers chasing one of the kids saying ‘I can see you’ve got fags, give them to me’ but the kid replied ‘no, buy your own’. I thought it was hilarious.”
Mr Cole said he remembers one teacher almost blew up the school during a science experiment and that people still talk about it to this day. Mr Cole, a former band manager and promoter who now lives in Woking, said the mid-80s was a great time for music and he and fellow pupils enjoyed that scene.
“There was Madness, The Specials, Abba, U2, The Alarm, Duran Duran and Wham. I’ve got a very eclectic taste and I love Duran Duran as much as I love The Jam.”
Mr Cole managed to get the original 1979 to 1984 list of pupils from Court Moor School and has sent postcards to them all in the hope they get to the right person all these years later.
“There are people who are now living in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, who we are trying to get to come,” he said.
Mr Cole’s wife Mandy will be running the door on the reunion night, while his friends, Sid Stovold and Ben Owens from Aldershot, will be the DJs.
Adrian Evans from Aldershot will be taking photographs of the event and Jason Keys from Frimley Green will be making a special anniversary video.
“Jason will be doing short interviews and vox pops, which will be posted on the Facebook page after the event,” said Mr Cole. “The photos taken on the night will also be posted.”
There will be a licensed bar and partners are welcome.
“If you haven’t got a partner then bring your brother or sister,” said Mr Cole.
Advance tickets for the reunion are £10 plus a £1 booking fee and can be booked by visiting www.wegottickets.com/sct/rrvssBphK6.
For more details call Mr Cole on 07801496455.