|TECHNALIANS Burnley Heasandford Towneley|
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|The 1st Annual Technalian Reunion
with Fork Buffet
at the Belvedere & Calder Vale Sports Club, Reedley
on Thursday March 26th 2009 at 7.00 - 10.00 pm
|Graham Tennant's photographs of those present at the Reunion||Photographs 1 - 10
Photographs 11 - 22
Photographs 23 - 44
|Technalians first 'AGM'
Roberts welcomed everyone to the Belvedere (as a long time member) and
to the Annual Technalian Reunion for all those (pupils or staff) who
had been associated with one of the Technical High Schools in Burnley
between 1945 and 1970. Forty-three had come together from far and wide,
with Audrey Pye (Peter's sister) travelling the furthest distance in
coming from the Outer Hebrides (349 miles as the
crow flies, but 425 miles by road). He commented that there were eleven
couples present whose 1950s / 60s school-day romances had developed
into long-lasting marriges.
Peter paid tribute to Derek Duerden (right) who had died at his home in London a few days previously. Derek scored a hat-trick for Towneley in the 1954 Keightley Cup final at Turf Moor in a 3 - 3 draw with St Mary's. He played cricket for Lancashire schoolbays (with Jack C Fisher) and for Burnley's Turf Moor side. He was also a junior player for Burnley Football Club alongside future greats like Adam Blacklaw and and Alex Elder. He played for the ex-Clarets in later years.
There was a special word of welcome for Mr Roy Bracewell who taught many of us maths, science and technical drawing at Towneley.
We were sorry to learn that Alethea Belcher had retired home hurt after falling in the car park on arrival.
Derek Duerden in his playing days
(Burnley Express April 3rd 2009 p.16)
|Election of Treasurer||Peter Roberts was elected Technalians Treasurer by popular acclamation. Peter has looked after the bookings for both this 2009 reunion and our 2007 meeting at Fence Gate.|
|Active Volunteers||The evolution of the Technalians has been guided by ad hoc
meetings of small groups drawn from Alethia Belcher (Noble), Ann Brown
(Rogers), Dorothy Coates (Haynes), Christine Stuart (Winterbottom),
Joan Verity (Graham), David Brown, Peter Roberts, Ian Stuart, Graham
Tennant and David Weatherill.
An invitation had been made for others to join this Active Volunteer Group and four new volunteers have been added to the list -
Marie Hamer (Eastwood)
Mary Hayman (Halstead)
|Archives||Graham Tennant refered to the archive material on display around the room and commented that there was relatively little published material about Heasandford Technical High School. Friends were invited to write down their memories of the school, its people and activities, outings and societies for inclusion in the archive.|
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