IN 1982 a batch of fresh-faced teenagers burst through the doors at Weald College ready to embrace their studies and forge out careers for themselves. And now,25 years after they started, DAVID BAKER spoke to them about finding out what their peers have done for the past quarter of a century at a reunion next month.
WHILE the early 80s may only be memorable for most because of Wham! and Frankie Goes to
Hollywood anthems, for a large group of 17 and 18-year-olds it represented the time of their lives.
Well, certainly for Weald College's class of 84 anyway.
Because the pupils in that year group speak so fondly of their time at the college that they are pulling out all the stops for a reunion next month.
Some are travelling from as far as Melbourne, Australia, for the one-off meeting, while others are bringing their band along to perform in front of their childhood chums.
According to organiser Tracy Smith the excitement surrounding the event is indicative of the fondness the group has of that period in their lives.
The 42-year-old who now lives in Staffordshire said: "For me, the time spent there was the best years of my life.
"To get together with lots of people with state and public school education, from all different walks of life was incredible.
"It was the first time that everyone was put in to a situation like that, and because we all liked to think we were a lot more mature than we were at school, it felt like a completely different environment."
The event, which is to be held at Pinner Village Hall in Chapel Lane, Pinner, on October 25, will - for many of the former students - be the first time they have seen each other since they left the college, and Richard Hill is looking forward to the day.
He added: "I think everyone feels the same way about that time because it was a great couple of years.
"It's a shame that back then there was no such thing as mobiles or networking websites because people inevitably move away from Harrow.
"So when the reunion came up, I think everyone was quite excited about the prospect.
"Since then I would imagine that a lot of people have been on Facebook checking to see what other people look like after so many years.
"I think that intrigue is a massive part of wanting to meet up."
Richard, who has just returned from a two-year trip around the world, is also keen to meet up with some of his team mates in the college football team, who had so much success in the two years there.
He said: "It will be great to see some of the people after so many years and I'm sure we'll reminisce about Arthur Peel, our football manager at the time, who is absolutely legendary.
"I just hope that no one worries about how much weight they've put on or things like that because I don't think anyone cares, we all just want to meet up to have a bit of a laugh."
But the occasion will have a serious side to it too as all the money raised from tickets will go to the Harrow MS Therapy Centre.
A charity that ex-pupil, Antony Ferraro, knows only too well because his father and brother suffer from the condition.
And Antony, much to his peers' surprise, will be supporting the fundraising efforts by performing with his band The Moondance Swing Band.
Tracy added: "When I was told that Antony was in a band I couldn't believe it.
"I hope he doesn't mind me saying this, but at college he didn't really come across as the sort of person that would have the front to lead a band, but I went on to the internet to hear his music and he sounds fantastic. Just like a young Frank Sinatra."