Back to school for 1968 class

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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