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Hundreds of ex-pupils and teachers descended on a north Northumberland village at the weekend as a school reunion took place.

The event was held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Glendale County Secondary School in Wooler, which became Glendale Middle School in 1977.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Helen Ancrum cut the celebration cake watched by former teacher Graham Rendall and event organiser Joyce Fraser.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Helen Ancrum cut the celebration cake watched by former teacher Graham Rendall and event organiser Joyce Fraser.

It was the last reunion to be organised by the current committee, which also arranged a 40th anniversary event in 1993 and a golden celebration in 2003.

The activities started on Friday night with a meet-and-greet event before the main event was held on the Saturday afternoon at the school.

This was attended by nearly 250 people, while an evening event at the Tankerville Arms attracted more than 150 former pupils and staff.

Secretary of the committee, Joyce McLean, said: “We had a brilliant weekend.

Glendale Middle School reunion.

Glendale Middle School reunion.

“Anybody you spoke to said it was fantastic. I’ve already had one email in from an ex-teacher who said it was fantastic.

“The people that said they were coming did come and they came in their droves.”

Current headteacher Ruth Bull said: “It’s been a wonderful day and it just shows how important a community middle school is and a community school is in a rural area.”

The newly-built Glendale County Secondary School opened its doors on August 31, 1953, to 189 pupils aged between 11 and 15 and eight teachers.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Friends reunited.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Friends reunited.

Built within 14 acres of land to the latest design for £85,000 and kitted out with modern equipment, it was constructed on the site of the former prisoner-of-war camp on Brewery Road.

The first headmaster was Mr AH Robson, previously of the Duke’s School in Alnwick, who was in charge until his retirement in 1964 and was known to pupils locally as Starchy.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Couples who met at the school and later married  included Stanley Phillips and Anne Singleton and Helen Robson and Ian Curry.

Glendale Middle School reunion.'Couples who met at the school and later married included Stanley Phillips and Anne Singleton and Helen Robson and Ian Curry.