The power of social media cannot be underestimated in the 21st century, a phenomenon which has become a facet of communication for millions of people on a daily basis.
Even more spectacular, is how what has been described as a ‘casual comment’ on Facebook has resulted in a full-scale school reunion becoming a reality.
Only a month after man first stepped on the moon would 300-plus pupils in Fraserburgh be making their first steps in primary school education, and now they have a platform to all get back together again and revive school memories.
The ‘Class of ’76’ has been organised at the town’s Leisure Centre on Saturday, November 8, and is open to all who were born in 1964 and either began attending primary school in 1969 or began attending Fraserburgh Academy in 1976, with partners also welcome.
A Facebook page under the name ‘64 Was A Great Year’ has been produced to not only attempt to raise awareness of the reunion, but for old friends to get in touch prior to the event itself, with the vast majority of ex-pupils hitting the big 5-0 in 2014.
Former pupils who now live in places as far afield as Dubai, Azerbaijan, Australia and the United States have been contacted by the organising committee – consisting of Gary Masson, Heather Sim, Brenda Wallace and Linda Watt - for the get-together.
Gary Masson has expressed his delight at how much interest had been shown in the reunion so far: “So far we’ve had an excellent response and the excitement is really growing.
“People want to talk about the reunion; we’ve all had conversations online with old stories from school being spoken about. It’s amazing the way things progress and people you haven’t seen for years pop up on Facebook.
“It’s a great opportunity to get everyone back together for one night and hopefully renew old friendships.”
Another organiser, Heather Sim, has also stressed the local public to try and help raise awareness of the event: “Although the internet has been a great help in tracking people down who we might not have otherwise been able to get in touch with, we have had difficulty contacting many former pupils who may want to come to the reunion.
“If there is anyone you know who was born in 1964 and may have attended schools in Fraserburgh, let them know as it is open to all within the above criteria.”
Tickets have been priced at £15 which will include a meal of either stovies or macaroni, with a 70’s and 80’s disco to follow. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are available from Wednesday, October 1, and can be purchased at both Fraserburgh Leisure Centre and Motor Parts on 7 Barrasgate Road.
Any profits gained will be split between both the North-East Stroke Support Group and the RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat.
If the anyone who was born in 1964 and attended school in Fraserburgh at either primary or secondary level is interested in attending the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to book tickets.