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Former pupils at a Norfolk school take a trip down memory lane

PUBLISHED: 11:41 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 31 July 2018

L to R: John Bacon, Derek Paul, Jill Cox, Molly Pardon, Lou Green, John Worthington and Roland Bacon. Picture: Martin Dennis

L to R: John Bacon, Derek Paul, Jill Cox, Molly Pardon, Lou Green, John Worthington and Roland Bacon. Picture: Martin Dennis

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Seven former pupils, now in their 80s and 90s, have been reliving their days at the Belfry School in Overstrand.

The group was invited for afternoon tea at the Belfry Centre for Music and Arts, which they remembered as the old school.

The group, whose oldest member was 94, attended the school in the 1930s and 1940s.

An audio recording was made of their stories, which will form part of an exhibition at the Belfry Centre on the history of the school and Overstrand.

The talked about daily life at the school during the Second World War and recalled child evacuees from London who attended.

They also spoke about the dreaded school dentist Mr Sumpter who arrived in an old grey caravan pulled by a horse, and the damp and dark outside toilets. Molly Pardon recalled that the classrooms had a coal fire, which was lit in the morning by the school caretaker.


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