Ex-wartime school evacuees reunited at Lowestoft event

Lowestoft Evacuees annual summer reunion. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Lowestoft Evacuees annual summer reunion. Pictures: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Acquaintances and friendships that have lasted 76 years were renewed at a popular annual summer reunion.

On June 2, 1940, hundreds of children were evacuated from Lowestoft with their schoolfriends and teachers to towns and villages in Derbyshire. And on Saturday about 40 former Lowestoft evacuees gathered once more.

Chris Brooks, secretary of Lowestoft Evacuees Committee, said: 'Now in their 80s it is remarkable how so many still come to attend the two reunions held at the Stella Maris Hall on the first Saturdays in June and December each year.'

Those present enjoyed the raffle organised by Sheila Baxter, viewing the DVDs of past visits presented by Derek Aldred, refreshments served by Mary Draper and Audrey Hales and a buffet lunch prepared by Chris and Janet Brooks. A day-trip to Whitwell by minibus on July 7 was confirmed and a party of 11 signed up for the three day visit to Glossop on September 5.

The reunion raised £137, leaving a surplus after lunch expenses and hire of the hall of £67. As there were no other nominations, the committee's officers were re-elected unanimously.


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Call Chris Brooks on 01502 563208 for more about the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee.

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