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A group of friends from the BA General Studies recently returned to Portsmouth for a 50 year reunion. Read what alumnus Ken Lappin has to say:

"We had a brilliant weekend and most of those invited managed to turn up, eventually! The campus tour was perfect although not many of the old buildings are left — Mercantile House was our main building but this was under major overhaul!

We dined on Friday at the Samphire in Southsea which was excellent and encouraged us to go in search of 'La Pomme d'or' — a night club in the late sixties where a number of us celebrated our joint 21st birthdays dancing to Mowtown music.

The old harbour and the new marina welcomed us on the Saturday morning, taking a ride up the Spinnaker tower to get some amazing views of old Pompey and the ferry port. Other colleagues joined us in the afternoon for a walk around the common and the promenade to the pier for a well-earned ice cream cone — happy days! We found our original digs in St Simon’s Road but were shocked to find that where we used to have our Sunday lunchtime pint and game of darts was now a lap dancing bar - how times have changed!

We obviously moved up in the world when we arrived in Villiers Road to find the flats where many of us spent two or three happy years self-catering! For Saturday evening’s celebration dinner we found ourselves in Montys again in Southsea, which comes highly recommended and very local to the Holiday Inn.

Fourteen of us made it in the end to toast our great times in Pompey and a happy 70th birthday to Bob Hughes — the first of many to come over the coming year! All in all a very memorable 50 year reunion."