STUDENTS past and present flocked to a high school to celebrate six great decades.
Hundreds of former pupils from Elfed High School in Buckley turned up at the school to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Guests had the chance to meet up with old friends, browse through 60 years of memorabilia and reminisce about old times.
There was also a performance of 50s dancing from current year seven pupils and a serving of afternoon tea.
Former student Sally Jones, current post-16 learning director at Elfed, said the event was greatly enjoyed by all.
She said: “It was a pleasure to attend this very special event as an ex-student and current member of staff.
“It was very well attended, confirming that Elfed High is held in high est eem in the town.
“I particularly enjoyed meeting old school friends and teachers.
“It was a trip down memory lane.”
As part of the milestone celebrations, students also researched the history of the school and its namesake Howell Elvet Lewis (Elfed), the non-conformist minister who lived and worked in the town between 1880 and 1884.
Headteacher Rosemary Jones said: “We were overwhelmed by the support from the community for this special event in our school’s history.
“We take great pride in our school’s contribution to the lives of former students and we continue to build on past success.”
The school’s foundation stone was laid in 1952. Two years later the building was ready for the first cohort of students.
Students researching newspaper cuttings from the 1950s found Elfed was proud the new secondary school in Buckley would bear his name.
They found that although he only lived in Buckley for about four years, he often returned to the town to see friends and to preach.
Pupils searched through archives, old maps and census information to find out more about Elfed and his links with the school.
They discovered he moved from Carmarthen to Buckley, aged 20, and was known as ‘the lad’.
The 1881 census shows he lived in Hawkesbury Place and preached in John’s Congregational Chapel on the opposite side of Mill Lane.
Sadly he died on December 10, 1953, less than a month before the school opened.
l There’s a Diamond Anniversary concert at Elfed High School on Wednesday, February 12 in Theatr Elfed.
To buy tickets, call the school on 01244 550217.
Tickets cost £3 and all the proceeds will be donated to charity.