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Sudbury Modern Secondary School reunion to be held for students from classes of 1954


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Friends Frances Cerrino (née Smith) and Jean Herrington (née Sidnell) have organised a reunion for their school friends who left secondary school in 1954..The reunion will take place in June at the Mill Hotel.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8078464)
Friends Frances Cerrino (née Smith) and Jean Herrington (née Sidnell) have organised a reunion for their school friends who left secondary school in 1954..The reunion will take place in June at the Mill Hotel.....PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (8078464)

A school reunion landmark is being hosted in Sudbury for former students turning 80 this year.

Pupils from Sudbury Modern Secondary School, who left in 1954, are being invited to an afternoon tea.

Organised by schoolfriends Frances Cerrino and Jean Herrington, the pair hope to see all students from that year.

“As we are all going to turn 80 this year, we thought it would be nice to have a get together,” said Mrs Cerrino, of Brandeston Close, Great Waldingfield.

Pupils from the former secondary school in Mill Lane, who have kept in touch for more than five decades, marked their 50th birthdays with a reunion in 1989.

Mrs Cerrino, whose maiden name was Smith, has fond memories of her former school days.

“I loved school, it was what I enjoyed most – I was into drama and I used to do a lot of acting,” said the 79-year-old, who moved to Sudbury at seven months old, after being evacuated from London during the Second World War.

Upon their arrival, Mrs Cerrino’s family were given temporary accommodation, before moving to a house in Mill Lane.

Her father, Charles Smith, secured a job as a handy man at Alstons furniture shop, followed by a role looking after a number of cottages in the town.

Her mother, Marie, worked as a housekeeper for the Winch family, owners of the Winch and Blatch department stores.

The family settled in Sudbury, where Mrs Cerrino and her brother Charles attended North Street Primary School.

“I have lived in Sudbury all my life,” said Mrs Cerrino. “I got on well with all my friends - they came from the villages of Long Melford, Great Cornard and the Sudbury area.”

After leaving school aged 15, Mrs Cerrino worked in Cundy’s florist in Market Hill for 25 years, where the Ipswich Building Society now stands.

After marrying in 1962, she moved to Great Cornard, before moving to Great Waldingfield, where she has lived for more than three decades.

Since primary and secondary school Mrs Cerrino has formed a lasting friendship with Jean, from Bury St Edmunds.

The school reunion will take place at the Mill Hotel in Sudbury on June 19, between 2pm and 5pm. To confirm attendance, call Frances on 01787373944, or Jean on 01284750008.



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