Back to school for 1968 class
At least 17 Deniliquin High School alumni will gather this weekend to celebrate 50 years since graduating.
With just a few still living in Deniliquin, many will descend on the town from right across Australia.
The first task at hand for the former students is to visit their old school this afternoon to see what changes have been made, followed by a dinner at the Coach House.
The alumni will meet with representatives of Edward River Council on Saturday to learn about the big changes to happen in Deniliquin since they finished school, and what future holds for the district.
The official reunion dinner will be held Saturday night at the Crossing Cafe, where the big opportunity for old — and no doubt embarrassing — photos will surface.
Other activities during the busy weekend will include a visit to the Deniliquin & District Historical Society museum and river cruises.
Event organiser Kim Perrin, who now lives in South Australia, said it will be the first time many of the ex-students will meet since leaving Deniliquin High School.
‘‘Some would have graduated and probably didn’t return to the town,’’ he said.
‘‘The motivation behind all of this is the fact it’s been 50 years since our last year at school.
‘‘It’ll be exciting to catch up and learn what we’ve all done and what everyone has accomplished.
‘‘Part of meeting up with the council is to find out what changes have happened to the town and the same goes with visiting the school, I have no doubt we’ll all be fascinated to see how much has changed in 50 years.’’
The 1968 class photo (back, from left) Neil Lloyd, Michael Conallin, Alan Perrin, Colin Ennor, Ron Lyons, Des Seymour, Michael Abrams and John Schulz; (middle) Leo Tyndall, Ian Keith, Ray Stevenson, Ken Johnson, Ken Clift, Graeme Oddy, Ian McMillan, Robert Brooks and Kim Perrin; (front) Christine Vye, Lynette Crossley, Elaine Harrison, Margaret Greenfield, Joan McLuckie and Faye Butcher.