Plymouth Public girls planning a reunion
FRESH young faces... and they're all pushing fifty now!
Thanks to Janet Holmes and Andrea Marsden for this Seventies school shot.
Mr Wright is the man in charge of the 31 young Public girls pictured here, and now, some 34 years after they all left the great grey granite pile in Cobourg Street, Jan and Andrea are planning something of a reunion 'to celebrate our 50th birthdays'.
"Oh! The Public girls are coming... Oh! The Public girls are here..."
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"Do you remember the words to the song?" asks Jan. "It was always sung on the last day of term and frequently sung in the playground to taunt the boys over the other side of the dividing playground gate.
"Public Secondary School for Girls and Boys, a mixed school by name, but never sharing classrooms, half the ground floor was occupied by the boys and half by the girls, separated by the gymnasium which was carefully timetabled!"
"The girls occupied the first floor and the boys the second floor, mixing only when using the staircase.
"The photograph is one class of the school entry year, 1974-79.
"Were you there during those five wonderful years? If you were, you may well have already celebrated your 50th birthday. If not, it will surely be happening by the time August 2013 arrives!
"What a great time to reminisce about a wonderful old school. Now belonging to the University of Plymouth, it holds fond memories for thousands of Plymothians who attended the school and who still frequently drive past it today.
"In the late Seventies, a severe fire badly damaged classrooms and their contents on the girls' section on the first floor, but life carried on.
"The building survived the fire, thanks to its solid construction and pupils were still able to attend lessons while repairs were being carried out.
"I'm sure Health and Safety regulations would not allow it now!
"This wonderful old building opened its doors in 1927 and alas closed them on June 28, 1985. Please don't ever knock it down. I hope the uni appreciates what it has adopted."
So there you are, if you are one of those girls and fancy a bit of a reminisce, Jan and Andrea can be contacted via email@example.com