Pupils' master stroke

WE return to 1984 for today s Days of the Old School Yard memory, when pupils went to great lengths for a special fund. It was 25 years ago that youngsters became top-class performers when it came to taking the plunge for charity. They were prize-winning

WE return to 1984 for today's Days of the Old School Yard memory, when pupils went to great lengths for a special fund.

It was 25 years ago that youngsters became top-class performers when it came to taking the plunge for charity.

They were prize-winning pupils from Curwen Junior School in Plaistow, who completed the British Heart Foundation's annual sponsored swim at Romford Road baths.

Their efforts raised almost �250. Combined with those of fellow pupils over the previous 11 years, it brought the school total to �2,000.

They were only beaten this time by representations of the Royal British Legion who collected just over �300.

Regional organiser for the British Heart Foundation, Mrs Gwen Martyn, presented the pupils with a shield for being top school and second-highest fundraisers.

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Following the presentation, which took place at the school, Mrs Martyn said: "All of the children swam well and we are very grateful to them for helping heart research."

Pictured are Mrs Martyn (centre) and the then headmistress Mrs Elizabeth Barrett and teacher Miss Pamela Kerrell (who had swum herself five times).

The pupils pictured are: Susan Alexandra, Nadita Chakaveraty, Natalie Sullivan, Matthew Beechey, Gillian Leech, Loanne Hemmings, Donna Attfield, Debbie Nicholson, Darren Picton, Tony Walker, John Jones, Bradley Walker, Debra Savell and Sarah Byer.

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