1966 and all that…as OGs gather for golden reunion

Monday 28 November 2016

There was plenty of laughter, catching up and reminiscing when a group of Leeds Girls’ High School old girls (OGs) gathered in Leeds to celebrate 50 years since entering Senior School.

The idea for the golden anniversary reunion came about when nine members of the year group met up at a London branch meeting of the Old Girls’ Club in 2014.  They enjoyed each other’s company so much that they decided to track down as many of the 78 girls in their year as they could for a celebration.

Some two-and-a-half years later Jane Houghton and Janet Cooke, with the help of Jane Bower, Kathie Bracewell , Lynsey Walford and others managed to track down over 60 of the girls from forms UII, UIIIP1 and UIIIP2.

Of these, 40 booked to attend a weekend reunion with members travelling from as far as Panama, USA and Germany to the event in Leeds in October. The weekend rekindled many friendships and stirred old memories and, since the reunion, another three members of the year have been located, bringing the total to 64.

Janet Cooke has produced a year book with 56 profiles and many pictures old and new which has been shared with all the newly discovered OGs. There is also now a dedicated Facebook group for those who want to share photos, memories or arrange gatherings.

There are plans to keep socialising in various part of the country with more reunions potentially in the pipeline, including talk of a celebration of everyone’s 70th birthdays in nine years.

The organisers are still looking for missing year members and would welcome contact from anyone who can help via Jane Houghton jane@vgtelco.com or Janet Cooke janetcooke99@btinternet.com

The 1966 intake are pictured at their reunion.

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