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Belmont High Class of 1959 holds reunion

Oct 03, 2019 09:48AM

The 2019 Reunion Class Photo at Gaston Country Club. See more photos in October 3, 2019 Issue of Banner-News or online e-edition. Photos by Mark Reep Photography

By Jim Poag

The Belmont High School Class of 1959 held it’s 60th Class reunion on Saturday, September 14th.

We made a very strong effort to contact as many classmates as possible around the country, and had a very favorable response considering the number of years that have passed since graduation, and our last Reunion ten years ago.

The goal of our Reunion Committee was to keep it very simple, with events that would allow us the most time to visit, renew old friendships, laugh a lot, and have as much fun as possible.

Our first event was a cookout lunch at Joe and Janice Stowe’s lovely historic home in Belmont, and we had three beautifully restored cars, a 1951 Mercury, owned by Jerry Childers, a “55” Chevy, owned by Pat Nixon, and a “56” Chevy, owned by Roger Joye, which added some 50’s atmosphere.

Saturday afternoon was open for touring the town, and seeing all of the growth that Belmont has experienced over the last 10 years.

That evening we enjoyed a wonderful 60th Reunion Dinner at the Gaston Country Club, with a special “Down Memory Lane” display area of old photos, cheerleader apparel, yearbooks, Monogram letters, programs, newspaper clippings, old 45 and 78 rpm records, and much more. It was a big hit.

For entertainment, I surprised them by playing several tunes on my trumpet they would all recognize, including Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, and our Red Raider fight song, “Hail To The Varsity” for them to sing along, for those that remembered the words! 

A large glass with the Belmont High School name, Indian Head logo, and Red Raiders, printed on them, will serve, along with a large print of the class photo, as a constant reminder of of the special friendship and love that we all had for each other then, and now. 

The party’s over, but the memories will live on, and another chapter in the lives of the BHS Class of 1959 has been written. Hail To The Varsity!