500 ‘old girls’ meet up for high school re­union

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

MORE than 500 ex­pupils from a for­mer Mac­cles­field high School shared mem­o­ries at a re­union.

The women who were at school from the 1950s to 1980s trav­elled from as far as Amer­ica and Europe, with San­dra Wil­lis com­ing by nar­row boat from Birm­ing­ham to the re­union at Fence Av­enue, which is now home to The King’s School but was Mac­cles­field High School for Girls un­til 1980s when it be­came co-ed­u­ca­tional. Star of the show was for­mer head­teacher Beryl Foot­man, now 86, who was at the helm from 1963 to 1977.

She said: “The girls joke that I was scary, but I was more scared of them. The se­cret of the school’s suc­cess and so many fa­mil­iar faces here have re­turned here to­day was the hap­pi­ness of our com­mu­nity.”

The school was founded in 1880 by the gov­er­nors of Mac­cles­field Free Gram­mar School and orig­i­nally used part of the premises of the Use­ful Knowl­edge So­ci­ety on Park Green. It moved to the new school at Fence Av­enue in 1909 and which was taken over by King’s in 1990.

The re­union was or­gan­ised by Karen Barker nee Jones, who said: “Last year I set up a Face­book page which now has some 600 mem­bers and it’s in­cred­i­ble that the vast ma­jor­ity have turned up to­day.”

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