Former CNS pupils sought for reunion

Were you at CNS between 1956 and 1964? The organisers of a reunion would love to hear from you. Derek James reports.

The centenary celebrations at the City of Norwich School have rekindled so many friendships – forged between former pupils now living all over the world.

And they have reinforced the point time and time again that this school is still playing a leading role in city life.

Thousands of boys have a lot to thank the CNS for and, in Norwich of the 21st century, it continues to give both boys and girls a first class education.

Former CNS pupils from far and wide have been returning to Norwich for the celebrations and of course the talk always gets around to the 'do you remember so and so?' and 'whatever happened to...?'

And today the question is – where are the boys who were at the CNS in the vintage years between 1956 and 1964?

If you are one of them, then it really is time to discover what happened to the rest of the lads and where they ended up and how their lives turned out.

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The reunion is being organised by Adrian O'dell and Tony Friedlander (originally Plumb) who met up at the school's open day back in September.

Adrian has recently returned to Norfolk after spending 42 years living and working in Nigeria, other parts of West and North Africa, Indonesia, the Middle East, London and Scotland, where he and his wife (of 42 years and a Yarmouth girl) have been for the past 20 years.

He and Tony are now planning a reunion weekend for boys from 1956-64 which will take place on Friday to Sunday, June 17 to 19, next year.

'It will be 50 years to the month when all 150 or so boys were in their fifth year and taking O-Levels, although some stayed on in the sixth form,' said Adrian.

'Since then we've spread far and wide, to Australasia, the Far East, Africa, Europe and all parts of the UK, with others staying close to their roots in Norfolk,' he added.

Although they have been able to recollect about 100 names, they only have contact details for half that number, so the hunt is on for the rest of them.

'We would very much like your help to trace all former pupils who started at CNS in 1956 so we can invite them to this milestone event,' explained Adrian.

The weekend will start with an 'ice-breaker' evening at the Ribs of Beef, which has strong CNS links, followed by a 'back-to-school' day on Saturday, an informal dinner, and then on Sunday there will be a bus and river tour of old haunts and a farewell lunch.

It will be a weekend of fun, friendship, reminiscences, revelations and nostalgia.

If you joined CNS in 1956 then please get in touch. Contact: or for details or log on to facebook: CNS Old Boys 1956-1964: Grand Reunion 2011.