Years are peeled back as old school friends reunite in Thorndon - over a sack of potatoes

David Chapman and Brenda Hunt, former head boy and girl at Stradbroke Secondary Modern School, bumped into each other for the first time in more than 50 years in Thorndon. ANL-160413-165246001
David Chapman and Brenda Hunt, former head boy and girl at Stradbroke Secondary Modern School, bumped into each other for the first time in more than 50 years in Thorndon. ANL-160413-165246001

Funny what can happen when you stop off at a shop to buy a sack of potatoes. You might just meet someone you last saw more than 50 years ago, when you were head boy and girl at school.

That’s exactly what happened when David Chapman popped in to Brenda Hunt’s fruit and vegetable shop at Fen Lodge in Thorndon.

David Chapman and Brenda Hunt, former head boy and girl at Stradbroke Secondary Modern School, bumped into each other for the first time in more than 50 years in Thorndon. A newspaper cutting of the pair in an old Diss Express. ANL-160413-165415001

David Chapman and Brenda Hunt, former head boy and girl at Stradbroke Secondary Modern School, bumped into each other for the first time in more than 50 years in Thorndon. A newspaper cutting of the pair in an old Diss Express. ANL-160413-165415001

Mr Chapman was on his way back after visiting the village from his home in Tring, Hertfordshire, for his sister’s 80th birthday when he stopped to shop. As Mrs Hunt loaded the sack into his car, he asked what her maiden name had been. And when she said “Kent”, he exclaimed: “You are Brenda - we were head boy and head girl together.” And indeed they were, at what was then called Stradbroke Secondary Modern School.

While they were reminiscing, he said he still had a Diss Express cutting from the Accent On Youth section with a picture of them standing shoulder to shoulder. Mrs Hunt explained: “David was not really of diminutive stature - I was standing on a box, being much shorter than him.”

n There will be another half-century to celebrate when Mrs Hunt and her husband Robert reach their golden wedding anniversary next year - and she still has the dress crocheted by her mother.