March High School’s class of 1942 enjoy reunion lunch

March High School annual reunion, for the year beginning 16th September 1942 at the Oliver Cromwell

March High School annual reunion, for the year beginning 16th September 1942 at the Oliver Cromwell hotel March. - Credit: Archant

A GROUP of nine ladies who went to school together during the Second World War held a reunion today.

The ladies reminisced about their years spent at March High School, which they joined in 1942, during a lively lunch at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March.

The ladies first met up 26 years ago and it has become an annual tradition.

Brenda Hammond, 82, said: “The first time we met up was in 1987. There were just four of us. It’s snowballed since then.

“We used to meet in all different places but in the past few years we have met at the hotel.


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“I put a piece in the paper asking if people would like to meet up and whenever I bumped into someone I would see if they were interested in doing something.

“I bumped into Jean in Peterborough Hospital and Margaret in Tesco.”

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Margaret Coomber ,82, said: “We all have a lot of memories of our school days and like to reminisce about that time in our lives.

“The boys grammar school was at the bottom of Station Road and whenever we played hockey down there we always had an audience.”

The ladies can vividly remember what life was like in March during the war.

Brenda said: “Whenever the sirens went we had to go down the air raid shelter opposite County Hall. We would have evacuees come down to stay here and some lessons would take place in the church hall.”

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