Former Orpington teacher wishes to reunite with his first class

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A resident at Foxbridge House is reaching out to the community in hopes of reuniting with his former primary school class after discovering a photograph from 1951 online. 

Douglas Champ stumbled across the photograph during one of the home’s regular computer lessons.

Doug, a former teacher at the Whitstable Boys School, was delighted when the photograph of his first class popped up on screen and recognised the children immediately – Doug could even recall the boys’ names and backgrounds, reminiscing to the residents and the team about his time teaching.

The team at the home are now hoping to organise a school reunion for Doug and his former class, and are asking the community to help identify the people in the photograph.

Carol McCormack, home manager at Foxbridge House, commented: “We were thrilled when Doug found the picture of his first class online, and enjoyed listening to his stories from his years teaching. He was naturally fond of this particular class, as it was the first he taught after college, and we’re eager to invite the members of Mr. Champ’s class to the home so they can reunite with their former teacher. 

“Foxbridge House have a close relationship with the local community, and we thought it was important to reach out and ask if anybody recognised anyone in the picture – or to see if they perhaps recognised themselves!”

Doug added: “I was excited to find the picture and can’t wait to find out if anyone remembers being taught by me. I’m looking forward to meeting up with my class again and finding out what they are doing now. I’d like to thank everyone in the community who helps us get back in touch.”

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