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Morris Thorpe Youth Club reunion
Morris Thorpe Youth Club reunion

Old friends are the best friends, and at a reunion event in Bridlington it could not have been more true.

More than 50 members of the Maurice Thorpe youth club which flourished in the town until its closure in the late 1960s met up at their latest reunion event. (Saturday April 27).

Held at Sewerby Grange the friendships and camaraderie they shared as teenagers was rekindled as former members came from several parts of the UK, Jersey, Spain, Portugal and America.

A star guest was the club’s former leader John Brooke who now lives in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, and celebrates his 80th birthday in July.

“It was a fantastic event and brought back memories of the best times of our lives,” said Pamela Shaw Johnston who was a club member between the ages of 13 and 17 in the Swinging 60s.

She recalled the Youth Club, which originated at Emmanuel Church and moved to Hilderthorpe School was always popular. “We had sports events, dances, outings and even an exchange visit with Germany. John Brooke was a brilliant leader and it was wonderful to see him at the reunion,” said Pamela.

It had been organised by John and Heather Wells, of Driffield and followed a previous reunion three years ago.

“We are hoping to arrange another in the next couple of years and would be delighted if more former Maurice Thorpe members would come along,” said Pamela. More information is available on 01723 850918 or 01377 256355