Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Became of the Schoolkids of 1979? THE CLASSES OF ST PETER'S, GATESHEAD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What Became of the Schoolkids of 1979? THE CLASSES OF ST PETER'S, GATESHEAD

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MEET not just the class of 1979 - but meet the classes of 1979.

These line-up photographs were taken in June of that year at St Peter's RC Primary School on Dryden Road, Low Fell, Gateshead.

The children will all be in their mid to late-40s today.

We hope the last 38 years have been good to them - and their teachers.

St Peter's has enjoyed a long-time reputation as one of Tyneside's best primary school's.

It opened in 1938, and was initially part of St Peter's Church.

Teaching assistant Joan Lawson has been at the school for 31 years.

She said: "It's a happy school, and we've just been classified as outstanding by Ofsted.

"We have 211 children aged between four and 11, and one of our wellknown former pupils is Durham and England cricketer Graham Onions."

The photographs were kindly sent to us by Ian Findlay.

He said: "I got the job of taking class photographs at the school where my two daughters went.

"I think someone volunteered me because I had a camera!

"The headteacher was called Austin Moffett who is now sadly deceased.

"We remember it as a lovely happy school."

As for the wider world, what was going on when these pictures were taken in June 1979? …

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