MEMORIES of school days were swapped when a group of former school friends got back together.
The reunion of St David's School pupils after 26 years scored top marks, with more than 50 classmates attending the event organised by Nicola Williams.
They caught up with each other's news at the Acton Public House.
Nicola invited classmates who left the school in 1979, as well as a few from the years below who she is still in touch with.
St David's School, which used to be in Rhosnesni Lane, Acton, closed in 2003, when it became part of 'super school' Rhosnesni High.
Nicola said: 'The evening was a great success, with over 50 ex-pupils arriving to meet old friends.
'There was a great atmosphere and we saw people that we hadn't seen for 26 years! You should have heard the shrieks of disbelief and laughter as they recognised each other!
'The noise in the Acton was deafening and everyone was pleased that a reunion had been organised at last. They all wanted to know when the next one was.'
But the former classmates were on their best behaviour when their old headteacher Emlyn Jones turned up.
Nicola said: 'It took a few moments for people to realise it was him and they were so pleased that he had made the effort to come.'
Mr Jones worked at St David's from 1977-1986, went on to become principal of Yale College and was awarded an OBE for services to education.
More than 25 years after their schoolyard antics, the former pupils were keen to learn what each other was doing.
Nicola, retired from running a fashion business, is now a magistrate.
On the night former pupil Nigel Edwards sent a fax to the pub from Switzerland, where he now works.
Julie Leadbitter (n e Roberts), remained near her old school, and is now the landlady at The Gate Hangs High Public House, which was next door to St David's.
Ian Jones's job has taken him further afield and he now works with the European Space Agency to promote Science Education, while Joanne Goodison (n e Shields) turned up to represent her brother Kevin Shields, who is eco-composting in California. Joanne is head of music at St Joseph's High School.
Some of Nicola's ex-classmates still live in the Acton area, but others were much harder to trace.
'I used Friends Reunited on the internet to inform past pupils,' she said. 'I also posted out loads of invitations to everybody I had an address for and asked them to send them on to people they were in contact with. Also, I sent letters to the local newspapers and put posters up in local shops and schools.
'It was quite hard work, but I got everyone to sign a guest book when they arrived, so next time I organise a reunion it will be a lot easier hopefully.'
Some of the friends partied into the night at Chicago Rock, and Nicola has been inundated with e-mails about the event.