Published: 11:07, 10 September 2021
| Updated: 13:38, 10 September 2021
Old Boys from Dover Grammar School are being invited to return to visit an old school building before it is torn down.
Thousands of boys, over more than 80 years, received their education in the landmark 1930s building on a hill overlooking the town and port.
But as the school roll grew and modern education demands expanded, the Department for Education finally decided to demolish the property.
It was considered too old and it is being replaced with a new structure on one of the playing fields. It is now confirmed as three storeys with part of it four storeys at the atrium.
Now the present headmaster, Philip Horstrup, is inviting former pupils, known as Old Pharosians, to return to the school building on Saturday, September 25, for the last time, before it is demolished.
The get-together is organised by the Old Pharosians Association, is by invitation only and will coincide with its annual meeting.
This has several hundred members, with ages ranging from 20s to 90s.
One of the possibilities being consider is to sell-off the bricks of the old school building as souvenirs to raise funds for the school and association funds.
It is hoped the new Dover Grammar School for Boys building will be ready to use by next February and a formal opening ceremony is expected later that spring term.