NOSTALGIA was on the timetable when classmates from 1949 met for a reunion.

Old pals who turn 70 this year got together to talk about their days when they went through grammar school education at Huddersfield College.

Fourteen out of the 27 pupils who were in Class 5PA attended the event at Durker Roods Hotel in Meltham.

They met 54 years to the day since they were last at the school, which used to be in New North Road.

The reunion was organised by Arthur Morton, of York, Michael Rhodes, of Fixby, and Gerrard Firth, now living in Bolton.

Mr Morton comes from Salendine Nook, but moved to York and set up an estate agents.

It was through his business that the reunion began.

He met Mr Firth's son while on business in Harrogate in 1990.

Mr Morton said: "He went home and said: `Dad, I have met someone who might know you.' Mr Firth rang me and it went from there."

They joined forces with retired banker Mr Rhodes, who was born in Rawthorpe.

He said: "It is super to see everybody together again."

It was the second reunion for Class 5PA. They met at Durker Roods on July 22, 1999, to mark the 50th anniversary of leaving Huddersfield College.

The organisers tracked everybody down for the 1999 reunion by searching electoral rolls, phone directories and appealing in newspapers.

For the latest reunion three people could not attend and two classmates had died - Dr John S W Brierley, a former medical officer at Huddersfield and David Hallas, a retired Congregationalist minister who lived in the Lake District.

Six of the classmates have now died.

But the organisers successfully traced another classmate - Bob Hinchliffe, 70, who now lives in Gulph, near Toronto in Canada.

He emigrated in 1970 because of his work with the Massey Ferguson Tractor company.

Mr Hinchliffe, originally from Sheepridge, has an elder brother, Frank, 75, who lives in Meltham, and a twin sister, who also lives in Canada.

He was traced three weeks ago when a friend of his sister in Waterloo contacted him after spotting an article in the Examiner appealing for information on his whereabouts.

Mr Hinchliffe flew to the UK last Saturday and will leave at the weekend.

He said: "I have been all over England seeing parts of the family.

"This is the first time I have been to a reunion. It's wonderful to actually see them again."

The organisers are still keen to trace three men - John Clayton, Norris Brook and Alan Boothroyd.

Mr Clayton is last known to have attended Leeds University to study chemistry, Mr Brook is thought to be in South Africa and Mr Boothroyd is suspected to be in America. His sisters are believed to live in Huddersfield.