Fairfield home reunion

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OLD boys and girls from Fairfield National Children’s Home in Harrogate will gather from all corners of the globe for a reunion at the Pump Room Museum on September 10.

The get-together, organised by Diana Ward, one of Fairfield’s many ex-residents, will bring together people from as far afield as Canada, Norway as well as all over the UK.

Mrs Ward, who lived at Fairfield from 1942-1957, said: “As old boys and girls we have so many happy memories to discuss of our time at Fairfield, particularly our love of the Sisters who cared for us, the comradeship of our brothers and sisters, despite the different ages and eras we were there.”

The reunion, due to start at 3pm in the museum will feature a display of old photographs organised by Harrogate Museums and Arts curator for human history Ros Watson, as well as the stained glass window from the chapel at Fairfield, now housed at the museum.

From 5pm onwards, guests will be invited to continue reminiscing over a buffet at the Harlow Inn on Otley Road. Fairfield, also known as Pannal Ash based on it’s location at 132 Pannal Ash Road, comprised 10 homes with families of six boys and six girls in each and two ‘Sisters’ who cared for the children.

Mrs Ward said: “It is going to be a truly special time and we are most grateful to Ros Watson and her colleagues at the Royal Pump Room Museum and to Mr Andrew Whiteley, the landlord at the Harlow Inn for all their kind efforts to support this initiative.”