School yard memories recorded on CD

MEMORIES of school days from the 1960 s and 70 s have been compiled for a new CD project. Recollections of corporal punishment, inkwells, and pink custard feature on the CD s, which is being launched to mark the 50th anniversary of Melbourn Village College

MEMORIES of school days from the 1960's and 70's have been compiled for a new CD project.

Recollections of corporal punishment, inkwells, and pink custard feature on the CD's, which is being launched to mark the 50th anniversary of Melbourn Village College.

Vanessa Mann, a parent from the college, interviewed 16 former students and recorded their stories.

She said: "It's been a real labour of love. Something that started as a simple archive project has evolved into CDs we're really proud of.


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"I've had people overcome with emotion who have shared some amazing stories and have even found original school songs."

With over 18 hours of material to work with, Vanessa has created two CD's with the help of her husband, Philip, who is an experienced radio producer and presenter.

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She explained "Back to School focuses on school days, and All Together Now focuses on wider community learning and involvement within the College. The end product isn't just tales about a school but a fascinating insight into social change since 1959."

As part of the anniversary celebrations, the college also held a tea party last weekend, during which the new window, designed to commemorate the occasion, was dedicated.

The CD's are available from the college, costing �5 each, or two for �9. All the proceeds will be put towards the college's new performing arts studio.

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