Graeme goes on a surprise trip down memory lane

Images of Yesteryear 25 years ago.'Youngsters from St Roberts First School with their medals for completing a charity run.

Images of Yesteryear 25 years ago.'Youngsters from St Roberts First School with their medals for completing a charity run.

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AN Images of Yesterday photograph earlier this month proved something of a mystery for one of those pictured.

Graeme Ratcliff arrived home from work one day to find the Morpeth Herald lying open on the coffee table at his Newcastle home.

The taxman was puzzled as to how it had got there and was even more taken aback when he realised he was in the photograph on the open page as an eight-year-old.

However, all was cleared up later when his parents phoned to say they had called round and left the May 10 edition of the paper after spotting Graeme in the picture of pupils at Morpeth’s St Robert’s First School 25 years ago, celebrating their charity run success.

He said: “My parents live in Mitford and saw the picture in the Morpeth Herald so they dropped in and left the paper on my coffee table without telling me or leaving a note or anything.

“I looked at it and instantly recognised the picture, though I can’t believe it was taken 25 years ago.

“It was taken after we did a five-mile run at Gosforth to raise money for a cancer charity — it was quite a long run when you were that size. At middle school I did a bit of cross country running, but that was about it. I’m not a big runner.

“The picture was taken in the yard of the old school, not the nice new one that is there now. It was falling to bits then. We were in class once and the roof started caving in. We were quickly moved out of the school and into mobile units not long before it was knocked down.

“I’m still in touch with quite a few of the people in the picture, mainly through Facebook.

“They are living all over the country now so some of them may not know about the picture being re-published in the Herald.”

Graeme is pictured second from the left.

The whole Class 5 line-up, left to right, is John Hoffman, Graeme Ratcliff, his best friend Martin Harvey, James King, Toby Huggan, Francis Major, Aidan O’Brien, Scott Olah, Richard Moffatt, Leanne Batey and Sarah Bell. The teacher is Sheelagh Harvey.

Toby Huggan’s mum Liz Watson also called in to identify some of the pupils.