College students enjoy a reunion

Students from Ashington Technical College.
Students from Ashington Technical College.

THE picture shows a group of gentlemen and their wives.

Years ago they were students at the then called Ashington Technical College.

They were employed in the mines in the Northumberland coalfield from as far as Shilbottle in the north and Wallsend Rising Sun in the south.

They had all completed an HNC in mining and then graduated from a full-time course called the National Diploma in Mining at the college.

Many of them left the industry over the years to take up various occupations.

The chap second from the left in the back row is a man called George Graham.

George was a lecturer at the college who taught mechanical engineering.

One couple, Brian and Christine Oxberry, had travelled all the way from Perth in Western Australia to attend this rather special get together.

I am sure many readers may recognise some of them – back row: George Sanders, George Graham (lecturer), Robert (Bob) Carr, Jean Sanders, Bryan Oxberry, Brian McGlen, Archie Patton, William (Bill) Mitchell, William (Bill) Lamb; front row: Brian Smith, Kathleen Smith, Edna Carr, Brenda McGlen, Jean Mitchell, Christine Oxberry, Lynne Patton and Jean Lamb.


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