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Search on for pupils as school prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary

The hunt is on for people living in Lichfield and Burntwood who attended Arthur Terry School half-a-century ago.

Up to 250 former pupils of Arthur Terry are expected to reunite to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sutton Coldfield school’s opening.

The former classmates from the first three years of intake, now aged between 59 and 61, will travel from all over the country as well as overseas for the landmark reunion on October 12.

Spurred on by the school’s first head boy Greg Leadbeater and Terry Payne – its first music teacher – Mike Newey and an organising committee are coordinating the reunion.

A picture from the last reunion in 1983

A picture from the last reunion in 1983

Mike, a musician, who now runs his own studios in Burntwood, is working to track down as many pupils from the first three years of intake as possible.

“There was a reunion to mark the school’s 30th anniversary, but nothing since,” he explained. “So to mark half a century since the school was founded, we wanted to celebrate the occasion with the pupils and staff to share the memories.

“We have already been in touch with dozens of former pupils, many of whom have already booked tickets, which cost £20. Because of the size of the venue, we are limiting it to those pupils from the first three years of the school’s intake.

“Although the school doesn’t look the same physically as it did 50 years ago, it will still be an amazing trip down memory lane.

“We’re expecting between 200 and 250 former pupils to come along – and we’d love to hear from others who were there at the time and would love to meet up with former classmates.”

Anyone interested in attending the reunion can get more details from the reunion website.

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