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PUBLISHED: 14:57 01 September 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 11 August 2010

OLD DAGONIANS are distraught at the prospect of their fond memories being demolished when parts of Sydney Russell School are torn down. Formerly Dagenham County High the school in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, boasts a beautiful 1930s art deco structure. B

OLD DAGONIANS are distraught at the prospect of their fond memories being demolished when parts of Sydney Russell School are torn down.

Formerly Dagenham County High the school in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, boasts a beautiful 1930s art deco structure.

But this may be lost when renovations begin as part of the government's £270 million investment in the borough's education service.

The unprecedented sum of money will see many schools completely rebuilt with state-of-the-art classrooms and computer suites.

Former Dagenham County High pupil, Dee Overton heard about the plans at a recent reunion.

Dee said: "It was built in the 1930s and is a beautiful example of the art deco architecture used in that period.

"Many of my old school friends were as shocked as I was and I hope that something can be done to stop this decision."

The £270 million cash boost came after the Department of Children, Families and Schools and will be used to transform nine schools, including Sydney Russell, as well as Trinity Special School in Heathway.

A council spokesperson said: "Currently, there are no plans to knock down the 'Art deco style building' at The Sydney Russell School. Bidders are invited to come up with their own proposals for each school site.


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