Only girls allowed - except for one man!
12:02pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
FORMER pupils travelled from all over the globe to join in centenary celebrations for Barry County Grammar School for Girls.
The event at Barry Memorial Hall, organised by Monika Jones, took a year to plan and attracted more than 500 women - and one male teacher - to mark the school opening in 1913.
Monika said: “It was amazing how many ‘old girls’ embraced the idea of the reunion and some had travelled from as far away as America, Australia, France , Italy and Spain and many travelling from all over the UK.”
The oldest attendees such as Peggy Weaving started at the Grammar School in 1932 and the youngest attendees became part of Bryn Hafren when it opened in 1973.
Some former members of staff made great efforts to attend even though a couple were in their nineties and as a tribute to them flowers, supplied by old girl Hilary West, were presented on behalf of all the ladies present.
Vale mayor, Cllr Margaret Wilkinson, Barry Town mayor Cllr Claire Curtis and Vale AM Jane Hutt also attended.
Monika said: “The only gentleman present was Mr Douglas Baxter, who taught modern languages at the school before he became deputy headteacher of Bryn Hafren in 1973. He didn’t seem to mind being there as he was probably used to being among so many charming girls.”
She added: “The event was about meeting old friends and acquaintances; the hall was full of squeals and laughter as memories were revived and reminiscences exchanged and cameras clicked and flashed away continuously. The whole event depended on these ladies coming from far and wide to make it the resounding success that it proved to be."
Carole Williams presented an engraved glass vase to Monika and the school song was sung by former teacher Evelyn Carless.
£600, raised in the collection, was donated to Tenovus.
Photographic memorabilia was also displayed.
Anyone wanting to see photographs from the day or wanting to send some, can ring 01446 734 970 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org