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Former Borden Grammar students organise reunion to mark 50th anniversary of leaving school

05 March 2014
by Andy Gray

A group of Borden old boys are planning a get-together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their leaving the grammar school.

Organisers Colin Wiles and Andrew (Bill) Bailey have managed to contact about 40 of their former term-time pals.

Colin Wiles and picture of his old Borden Grammar School pals

Colin Wiles and picture of his old Borden Grammar School pals

But at least another 10 are out there somewhere, and the pair are determined to track them down in time for the group’s metaphorical gambol down memory lane in June.

Colin, 68, from Queenborough Road, Halfway, said: “We’ve never held a reunion before, and it was only when one of the old boys pointed out it was 50 years since we left school that we decide to do something.

“We fished around for ideas and we were originally going to hold a dinner, but we felt it would be nostalgic to have a roam around our old school.”

After a dewey-eyed wander around their alma mater, the reunion, which takes place on Friday, June 6, concludes with a reception at UKP Leisure Club, opposite the school.

Former Borden Grammar classmates who left the school in 1964 are planning a reunion

Former Borden Grammar classmates who left the school in 1964 are planning a reunion

Colin, a retired insurance manager, said old Bordenians will be attending from locations as far away as Western Australia and the Cayman Islands.

“We’ve also got some coming from places more local, like Poland and France,” he said.

Former classmates from the Sittingbourne area whom Colin and Andrew have yet to contact include Chris Ashby, Richard Goodyer, Nigel Moon, Alan Saunders, Derek Simmonds, Pat Taylor, David Trinkwon and John Thomsett. They would also like to hear from Islanders Jem Ansell, Norman Bennett, Phil Deadman, Fred Lupton and Barry Rowswell.

Colin Wiles when he was at Borden Grammar School

Colin Wiles when he was at Borden Grammar School

Colin said the reunion would carry extra significance, because as far as Borden’s concerned, the class of ’57 broke the mould.

He said: “Our year group changed the scene. Up until then, Borden was a bit more elitist.

“When we joined as a result of the 11 plus, it introduced people from different walks of life.”

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