Trying to match faces from their high school photos ahead of the Richmond River High School Class of 1974-79 reunion are (from left) Vicki Downs, of Lismore, Lea McAllister (nee Nilon), of Lismore, Lee-anne Bostock (nee Riordan), of Clunes, Leisa Munn, of Lismore, Sue Rodda (nee Smith), of Lismore, and Janet McDonald (nee Wagner).
Trying to match faces from their high school photos ahead of the Richmond River High School Class of 1974-79 reunion are (from left) Vicki Downs, of Lismore, Lea McAllister (nee Nilon), of Lismore, Lee-anne Bostock (nee Riordan), of Clunes, Leisa Munn, of Lismore, Sue Rodda (nee Smith), of Lismore, and Janet McDonald (nee Wagner). CATHY ADAMS

Classmates hold reunion

IN 1974, their dreams were in front of them.

Today, some of the Richmond River High School classmates of that time are industry leaders, some are mums and dads, and some have lost their lives in car accidents or to cancer.

On Saturday, September 25, Lee-anne Bostock (maiden name Riordan), of Clunes, is hoping up to 200 of her 300 former Lismore classmates will meet to share stories of success and failure and loves won and lost.

“Thank God for Facebook,” says Mrs Bostock, 48.

“Although it has been hard picking out the right face after more than 30 years, that site has helped us track down a lot of people.

“We’ve also used the phone and word of mouth to find former students as far away as Alice Springs and Malaysia.”

Mrs Bostock said some were now deceased and some were actually interrupting cancer treatment to come to the reunion.

Others who have gone on to high achievement professionally include director of human resources at the University of New Eng-land in Armidale Vicki Anderson, chairman of Norco Greg McNamara and Research Fellow at Southern Cross Peter Bundock.

Mrs Bostock recalled how she and her classmates often had to muck out the classrooms after a flood.

“Whenever there was a flood the school was closed,” she said.

“In 1974, that was for a whole week. We loved it. But then there was the clean-up.”

Anyone who would like to attend the reunion, at the Goonellabah Sports Club, can email rrhsreunion74-79@gmail.com, or contact Mrs Bostock on 0412 901 593.

As well as the actual reunion on September 25, Mrs Bostock is also organising and informal get-together on the previous night.

“It’s going to be a fun-filled evening,” she said.



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