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Story reunites friends after 66 years

By Alan Smith

Three school chums who last met 66 years ago have got together again, thanks to an appeal through the Kent Messenger.

Bob Grant, John Snelgrove and Audrey Bigley (nee Meek) met up at The Bull Inn, Penenden Heath, after Mrs Bigley, who now lives in Canterbury, sent in a picture of her class at North Borough School in Peel Street, Maidstone.

It was taken in 1947, and Mrs Bigley appealed for information about her old classmates.

Bob Grant, Audrey Bigley and John Snelgrove, who all went to North Borough School, have met up for the first time in 66 years..

Bob Grant, Audrey Bigley and John Snelgrove, who all went to North Borough School, have met up for the first time in 66 years..

The photo was spotted by John Snelgrove and Bob Grant, both still in Maidstone.

On leaving North Borough, the trio all went on to East Borough Secondary School.

Now aged 81, they enjoyed swapping memories.

Mrs Bigley said: “We had a wonderful time recalling old names and places.

“It was surprising how many other links we found to each other, beside just from our school days.

“It was lovely to meet their wives, Rosemary and Christina, too. We all seem to have lived very successful lives, despite failing the 11-plus!”

 

 The top class at Northborough Primary School in 1947. Audrey Bigley is on the row behind sixth from the left with one bow in her hair. Miss Roots was the form teacher

The top class at Northborough Primary School in 1947. Audrey Bigley is on the row behind sixth from the left with one bow in her hair. Miss Roots was the form teacher

The trio are now planning a more extensive reunion for their classmates to be held at The Bull in the autumn.

Anyone who remembers them from school is welcome to contact Mrs Bigley on audreybigley@tiscali.co.uk

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