The class of ’81

by Jem Croucher


We all got lost in Loughborough
couldn’t find our way around
But then it has been quite a while
since we all lived in this town
Nothing looked familiar
No landmarks did we see
It really was confusing
(How hard could all this be?)

But then we saw the college
Across a car-park, lurking there
and with instant recognition
we were suddenly aware
Recollection flooded back
with memories of when
as fledgling teenage freshers
we came to Loughborough then

The ceramics room looked just the same
though it’s thirty-five years since
we were last in these clay-splashed walls
(the mere thought made us wince)
We found our halls of residence
though the gardens were much smaller
With parking space provided now
where once the trees grew taller

Then later on we shared a beer
in a pub which we recall
Looked pretty much the same today
and hadn’t changed at all
Much like the class of eighty-one
Laughing all the way
Friends now for a lifetime
on this really special day

Photo – the class of ’81 peering through the windows of the Ceramics room at Loughborough College of Art, 35 years after they graduated there. We’re minus one these days as Sandra passed away a few years back. But we’ve all kept in touch and, as true friends do, pick up where we left off when we all meet up. Full reunions like this are rare, but they are a complete joy whenever time allows them to happen.


4 Comments to “The class of ’81”

  1. How wonderful to have such a reunion ! Treasure it !

  2. Amazing! I can’t even imagine such a reunion. Kudos to all of you !

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