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Old pals' landmark reunion

PUBLISHED: 14:48 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:03 23 August 2010

BACK IN THE DAY: Friends Jenny Bensaidane and Marcelle Grieveson.

BACK IN THE DAY: Friends Jenny Bensaidane and Marcelle Grieveson.

TWO school pals who have stayed in touch for 30 years despite one of them emigrating to New Zealand are planning a reunion to trace other friends. Jenny Bensaidane (née Attrill), 50, of Montrose Avenue, Chatham, and Marcelle Grieveson (née Kennedy), 50,

CALLING ALL CLASSMATES: Jenny Bensaidane.

TWO school pals who have stayed in touch for 30 years despite one of them emigrating to New Zealand are planning a reunion to trace other friends.

Jenny Bensaidane (née Attrill), 50, of Montrose Avenue, Chatham, and Marcelle Grieveson (née Kennedy), 50, who now lives in New Zealand, left Northfleet School for Girls, in Hall Road, Northfleet, in 1975.

The two friends are holding a reunion for everyone who left the school in 1974, 1975 and 1976, at The King's Head, King Street, Gravesend, at 6.30pm on October 30.

Mrs Bensaidane, a social worker, said: "We should all be about 50 years old so it's sort of a landmark really. I don't think a reunion has been done for our school before so I really hope a lot of people turn up.

"I'm sure some people have probably done some amazing things with their lives so it should be really interesting to hear from them and to see how they have grown, what they look like now and where they live, be it in north Kent or abroad."

Mrs Grieveson moved to New Zealand in 2005 but is making the trip to the UK for the reunion.

She said: "I did eventually spread my wings and am living and working on the other side of the world here in New Zealand, but I'm always eager to return home and am coming over for a special occasion this October.

"We think it will be fantastic to reunite as many of the old school friends as possible, especially this year as it is for us, and for them, our half-century milestone."

They are also inviting any teachers who taught at the school between 1971 and 1975 to come along and share their memories.

Mrs Bensaidane said: "Some people say they would never go back to school because they hated it but I have never had that feeling. It was a great time. I made friendships then that I thought I would never forget."

Those attending the reunion are asked to bring along any old photographs they may have along with name badges.

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