A GROUP of Old Boys from a Whitefield school met to celebrate the 60th anniversary of starting the school in 1957.

The former Stand Grammar School pupils met at The Porada restaurant in Whitefield on Saturday September 30.

A group of 15 Old Boys met, including one man who flew over from Germany, to celebrate the occasion.

One Old Boy, Geoff Robinson, who grew up in Prestwich, made the trip from his home in Market Harborough in Leicestershire.

Mr Robinson, aged 71, remains friends with a number of his former peers and meets with them several times a year.

He said: “There is a group of us that meet in London, eight or nine of us, and we wanted get the word out and be joined with some more.

“It was fantastic. We were quite astonished with the turnout."

Geoff originally got back in contact with his fellow Old Boys when the website Friends Reunited was launched.

"I think it is so important to stay in touch with old friends. It really gives you something to look forward to."

The Old Boys reminisced over the song '40 Years On' in which school boys cannot imagine their lives 40 years old - but there the Old Boys were, 60 years on remembering their school days.

Stand Grammar School closed in 1979 and its Edwardian building served as part of Bury College before being demolished in 2000. There is now housing on the site, off Church Lane opposite Stand Church.

Later this month is the Old Standians Annual Reunion Dinner will take place.

The dinner will be held at Stand Golf Club on Friday October 27 at 7pm and will allow lots of time for people to catch up and chat.

Guest speaker will be Dr David Grimes, a former student who is a consultant gastro-enterologist.

For more information on the reunion dinner, contact Vera Haydock on 01204 884700.