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Swansea school's former pupils invited to reunion - after 60 years

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 03, 2012

  • Bishop Gore Comprehensive School in Sketty Swansea is celebrating its 60-year anniversary

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AN invitation has gone out to a group of former Swansea schoolboys to attend a reunion — 60 years after they first sat in a classroom together.

Bishop Gore, in Sketty, was originally built as the new home for boys at Swansea Grammar School.

Work started on the new building in 1938, four years after the old school in Mount Pleasant was condemned by the Board of Education, but construction was halted a year later with the outbreak of the Second World War.

Pupils had to wait another six years after the end of the war before being admitted to the new site for the first time.

Now any surviving pupils from that first intake are being invited to a 60th anniversary reunion in the main school hall on October 26.

Among the school's past pupils is former Swansea East MP Lord Donald Anderson.

Organisers Lyn Frame, Hywel Evans and Gerry Lindenburn held a similar event 10 years ago to mark the school's half-century.

Mr Lindenburn said: "It went very well last time and we were amazed by how many of the boys turned up, the furthest arrived back from New Zealand while we also had a few from Canada, there were around 280 present.

"Since then lots of boys have been asking if we were going to hold another reunion and as this year is our diamond jubilee, we thought why not? We have even invited the Queen as we share a jubilee, we haven't heard back yet but we do have an insider with Lord Anderson."

Unfortunately the invite is still confined to the first intake of boys due to space issues.

Mr Lindenburn explained: "It's very difficult to know what the final number will be but at the moment we are confining it to members of Swansea grammar School Old Boys Association."


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  • PruPhneeda  |  August 03 2012, 8:50PM

    Quote: 'We have even invited the Queen as we share a jubilee, we haven't heard back yet but we do have an insider with Lord Anderson.' No sense of protocol or, for that matter, signs of logical thinking. I blame their parents.

  • gorseboy  |  August 03 2012, 7:43PM

    The YOHM did indeed rule the roost with strict discipline,but we were all better people because of it.

  • hobbles  |  August 03 2012, 6:16PM

    Unfortunately this school represents all that is wrong in our society caused by a complete lack of discipline.

  • clarysage50  |  August 03 2012, 12:54PM

    I agree - members of my own family have passed through this school - the place is nothing like it was under Ellis Lloyd. But then, the same could be said for the other schools of his era...Llwyn-y-bryn High School, Glanmor and Dynevor - schools with excellent histories and exceptional standards of education for their pupils.

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  • maxmin  |  August 03 2012, 9:40AM

    I was invited to give a talk in BG some years ago as I was an old boy. What a dreadful run down mess it appeared poor Dr Lloyd would be spinning in his grave. The rubbish blowing around the quad, the peeling paint, weeds everywhere. Pupils who transgressed were very rarely placed in detention, rather they spent their break times and meal times picking up litter and pulling weeds. The place was spotless.