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Old Priorians Reunited

Old Priorians Reunited

Dozens of Old Priorians returned to their old school at the weekend to be reunited with fellow pupils. Pupils from as far back as 1945 (when the school returned to Great Yarmouth after relocating to Nottinghamshire during the war) arrived to tour their old classrooms and share schoolday memories.

The reunion was part of the Priory Centre’s Heritage Open Day celebrations, when local residents and visitors were invited to look around the former St Nicholas Priory which housed the Benedictine monks that served the Parish Church of St Nicholas (now the Minster).

Over the years many distinguished visitors have been welcomed to the Priory, including Richard II and Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry VII). Like most monastic houses, the Priory closed in 1536 with the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The buildings went into decline thereafter, until 1853 when it was restored and opened as the St Nicholas Priory School, where it continued until 1999. In 2003 Great Yarmouth Community Trust took ownership, reopening the Priory as a community hub and meeting venue.

To commemorate the event a Blue Plaque was unveiled by David Parsley, a former head boy at the school, together with Alan Hunt of the Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society. Inside the old school hall pupils and other visitors were able to browse an exhibition of old photographs, notices and information.

The Priory Centre team are keen to arrange annual reunions of the Old Priorians to coincide with the Great Yarmouth Heritage Open Day scheme. If you would like to be notified of future events contact Sue Salter at the Priory Centre reception: 01493 743000, or join our Old Priorians Facebook page for notices and updates. If you have any photographs, memorabilia - or special memories to share we would love to see/hear them.

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