OLD school chums from the former Cardinal Hinsley Grammar School, in Tong, met up again at the weekend after a 50-year hiatus.

The reunion had been organised by old boy Petr Hughes who said the the night proved to be a great one and vowing to try and hold an annual gathering to keep in touch.

Former Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe, also an old boy of the school, was among the guests, as too were former teachers John Canning and Rich Smith.

Former Margaret Clitherow teacher Maureen Canning was there alongside Miss Collins, of St Joseph's junior school.

Several guests included pupils from the adjacent girls' school, as well as feeder schools to Cardinal Hinsley.

Thirteen old boys from the grammar school attended and had arrived from all over the world.

Mr Hughes said: "What a night. There was an exceptional turnout to the event with as expected former pupils arriving from all over the world including Canada, Oman and France, London and all over England.

"As we didn’t know how many would come we had over budgeted on food there was plenty left over, so we put all the food in Tupperware boxes and black liners and took the food on Sunday to the Salvation army, in Leeds Road, Bradford.

"We also had two speciality cakes one depicting the school uniform and one for the bad boys who had their name logged in the “The Strap book” before being given six of the best with a leather strap.

"These cakes went to St Patrick's Church, in Westgate, for their soup kitchen."

Mr Hughes said a raffle for a basket of Yorkshire's best food was won by John and Maureen Canning and raised £150 for the Salvation Army.