A top class idea! Friends reunite at school event in east Leeds

The former Harehills Middle School building, pictured in 2003.
The former Harehills Middle School building, pictured in 2003.
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Former pupils at an east Leeds school will be turning back the clock later this month for a reunion event.

The free get-together has been organised for people who used to attend or work at Harehills Middle School, previously known as Gipton Board School.

Football star Bryan Robson during a visit to Harehills Middle School in 1987.

Football star Bryan Robson during a visit to Harehills Middle School in 1987.

It will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm on Thursday, July 20, at the Grade II listed building on Harehills Road that was home to the now-closed school.

Today the refurbished building is occupied by Shine, a social enterprise offering access to offices, meeting and conference rooms and other spaces.

People heading to the reunion are being encouraged to bring along photos and other items that could be used in a time capsule-style exhibit being put on display at Shine.

Abi Cowe, meeting and event sales executive at Shine, said: “The idea is to welcome back all alumni of Harehills Middle School so they can see the changes in the building, look back fondly on old photographs and reconnect with their old school friends.”

A computer class at Harehills Middle School.

A computer class at Harehills Middle School.

Designed by architect Walter Samuel Braithwaite, the Gipton Board School building opened in 1897 to provide education for children aged between four and 14.

It was renamed as Harehills Middle School in the 1970s but closed around the turn of the 1990s.

A blue plaque commemorating the Shine building’s educational heritage was unveiled by Leeds Civic Trust in 2014.

To reserve a place at the reunion, visit the www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/harehills-middle-school-reunion-and-time-capsule-tickets-35201220799 web page.

For more details, e-mail Enquiries@shinespace.co.uk or ring 0113 388 0000.

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