Stu­dent nurses re­united after 50 years

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR NEWS -

There were smiles all round as a party of for­mer nurses gath­ered for a re­union - 50 years to the day since they started their ini­tial train­ing.

The happy oc­ca­sion at the Bull Ho­tel in Peter­bor­ough was or­gan­ised by Les­ley Smith and Terry Foster, who both started their nurs­ing ca­reers at the train­ing school, based at the old Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, on Septem­ber 17, 1967.

They were joined by mem­bers of their train­ing group - and oth­ers who started through­out the same year and part­ners for the Golden An­niver­sary oc­ca­sion.

Les­ley said the re­unions started in 1978, by which time the group had spread far and wide. They con­tin­ued ev­ery five years with the 50th be­ing an ex­tra spe­cial mile­stone.

She was part of the nurs­ing team which moved into the new Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal on Thorpe Road in 1968 and, prior to re­tir­ing two years ago, re­lo­cated to the new City Hos­pi­tal site at Bret­ton Gate.

Les­ley, who lives at Stil­ton, said her for­mer col­leagues had trav­elled from all over Eng­land for the re­union, with two also fly­ing in from Amer­ica.

“There were some great pho­to­graphs on dis­play and there was a lot of chat about the good old days - al­though at the time, 50 years ago, they didn’t al­ways seem that good.

“It is hard to be­lieve it is 50 years since we first walked into the hos­pi­tal.”

The re­union at the Bull Ho­tel and, inset, Les­ley’s Class of 1968.

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