The class of 1971/72 on the NCTJ pre-entry journalism course at Harlow College recently marked the 40th anniversary of the start of their studies with a celebratory reunion. The ex-students gathered at a favourite all watering hole – The Hare – to share stories and reminisce about their experiences.
Sky News associate editor, Simon Bucks, who helped to organise the reunion said: “The NCTJ pre-entry course at Harlow was a memorable experience – we were taught by some great characters like Joe Barratt, a burly Scot who combined lecturing with Fleet Street subbing. It gave us a great start in the world of journalism.”
One of the past students, Andy McLardy said: “Most of those present were still in journalism but only one was still doing the job we all started out as – newspaper reporters – and he still loved it. Obviously we were unable to visit the original college building as it has been demolished, but after an extended lunch a party of us visited the now boarded-up YWCA where many of us lodged 40 years ago.”
Attendees: Peter Anthony, Geraldine Banks, Pippa Birchall, Simon Bucks, Alan Carter, Steve Clarke, Rosemarie Cock, Tim Healy, Don Henning, Andy McLardy, Celia Merrill, Sara Parker, Laurie Pott, Gill Sinclair, Pete Steward, Gill Ward and Nick Wheeler.