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Wartime students from Colmers School reunite decades later

Bromsgrove Editorial 26th May, 2024   0

A GROUP of ten people attended a Rubery school reunion of the wartime generation.

The ex-pupils of Colmers School – originally known as Rubery Council School – reunited on a sunny day at the Hillscourt Hotel and Conference Centre near the Lickey Hills.

The majority of the attendees, many in their 90s, gathered to reminisce fondly about their school days and shared old photographs.

And, despite their advancing years, the attendees appeared remarkably fit and well.

Back in the day, the pupils had to contend with wartime life, which included an attack on the school from German Messerschmitt incendiaries near the Austin Motor Company.

Classes at the school still went on, even if the air-raid shelters were heavily booked.

Paul Tranter, who organised the event, said: “Outcomes from the group would certainly surprise the local community and also indicate to the present day pupils what a good starting point the infant and junior school was.

“Top would be the 11+ and 13+ with numbers going to grammar, technical, art and commercial colleges in the city.”

Among the alumni were a nuclear scientist who left the UK during the brain drain, and 50s teachers and headteachers, artists, company owners and directors, senior civil servants plus plenty of real craftsmen in the building and vehicle trades.

A recent addition was a rock band artist from a well-known operation and a newcomer trained as a farmer – a first for the city as it extended its influencer.

A great get-together was had by all those gathered, even though their ages are now creeping over the 90s mark.


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