A GROUP of former pupils of Huddersfield College are celebrating their 50th reunion this year.

And they will literally be going back to their old school.

Students who left the college’s sixth-form in 1958 have met for a reunion dinner every year since, but this year they will get the chance to visit their former college premises at New North Road – now part of Kirklees College’s Highfields annexe.

They held their first dinner in the year they left school, at the former Pack Horse Hotel in Huddersfield.

Thirty pupils, who had started at the college in 1951, attended that dinner.

In the following years, dinners have had as many as 30 attendees or as few as eight.

One of the pupils, John Wardle, of Fixby, said: “No one person has been to every reunion. The group consists of members from all over the world.

“With the passing of years, family and friends in the area have become fewer, so it is remarkable what attachment the group still has with their native Huddersfield.”

The 50th anniversary dinner will be on October 4 at Fixby Golf Club.

There will be 18 to 20 ex-pupils and two former masters attending.

They will be taken on the visit to the former college building by Chris Sadler, the principal of Kirklees College, formed from the merger of Huddersfield Technical College and Dewsbury College.

He was approached by Mr J Dakers, who is chairman of the board of governors at Kirklees College and a former master of Huddersfield College.

He and former master Mr J Hadwin will be attending the visit.

Huddersfield College was based at New North Road until 1957, when it moved to Salendine Nook and merged with Hillhouse School to create Huddersfield New College.

Former pupils remember having to transport fragile laboratory equipment to the new site by trolley bus.

Mr Wardle said the 50th reunion would be a special event.

He said: “It is nothing like the normal run-of-the-mill class of ’58 occasion.”