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Great turnout at annual meeting and reunion of town's evacuees in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2015

National identity card.

National identity card.

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During the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee's recent annual meeting and reunion, the deputy mayor of Lowestoft, Malcolm Cherry, cut a celebratory 75th anniversary cake to mark the occasion.

Lowestoft Evacuees Reunion. Picture: MARK BOGGISLowestoft Evacuees Reunion. Picture: MARK BOGGIS

The committee also discussed forthcoming group visits to Chesterfield and Derbyshire this year, with a day trip to Barlborough planned for July and a four day visit to Glossop in August.

A “quick roll call” of all those present followed – with the guests transported back to their schooldays as they put their hands up and responded to Lowestoft Evacuees Committee secretary Chris Brooks.

Among those present were five former Gorleston Road School pupils, four hailing from Dell School, five former Church Road Senior Girls School pupils, six who used to attend Church Road Junior School, two formerly at Roman Hill Junior School, 13 former Lovewell Road School pupils, two who attended Morton Road School, one former Notley Road Girls School pupil and two who used to attend Roman Hill Boys School.

During the war, some of these schools were used by the Admiralty as naval training quarters, while others housed school furniture and stock that did not make its way to the Midlands. Two schools – the Central School and Wilde’s School, who had sent pupils and staff to the Midlands – were destroyed by enemy bombing.

A slideshow of images from yesteryear were showcased at the meeting, before author Gillian Mawson spoke to the group about her World War Two evacuation books. A buffet lunch and grand draw also took place, and after the meeting chairman Brian Baxter, said: “It has been a great turnout and we have done very well this week.”

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