THE recent Ledbury Grammar School reunion, for the class of 1960, is being hailed as a great success which jogged many memories.

The idea was the brainchild of David Roberts, himself a former student at the school, who now lives in West Wales.

Mr Roberts said: "Our reunion on Saturday was attended by twenty former pupils from our year, who were all 1960 starters.

"We spent a couple of hours chatting, after meeting, then walked up to Upper Hall, the former Grammar School, where, with permission from the Residents' Association, we were able to stroll around the grounds, but also visit what was previously the assembly hall."

Mr Roberts added: "The remainder of the main building, which is private accommodation was of course, not accessible to us.

"We then spent the evening at the Seven Stars, where we enjoyed an excellent evening meal and several hours reminiscing over a few glasses of wine."

Up to around 50 pupils were in the Ledbury Grammar School class of 1960, and Mr Roberts used an appeal in the Ledbury Reporter and Malvern Gazette, and also social media such as Facebook, to get in touch with as many former classmates as he could.

The former Grammar School, known as Upper Hall, and its extensive grounds was sold off in the 1980s and sold to a development company.

Before then, for a while, it was used by the John Masefield High School, for junior classes.

It then become a private residential estate.

Upper Hall was not originally built as a school. It underwent many changes throughout the centuries, but originally it was owned by powerful Skippe family.

A member of the family was John Skippe, who was Bishop of Hereford, during the sixteenth century.