The nine women attended Heaton High School more than 50 years ago but came back together to mark their latest milestone
School friends who met at a Tyneside school 50 years ago held a reunion to mark their 70th birthdays.
The women attended Heaton High School in the 1960s, and have since been moved around the world.
From dancing in Paris to working in the Arctic, the girls left the North East.
But, they decided to mark their latest milestones with a reunion, and came to Harry’s Bar in the city centre.
Doreen Page, 70, is originally from Walkergate but now lives in Toronto, Canada.
She said: “I left the North East in 1967 for adventure. Originally, I only left for a year but in the end I did not come back. I worked in the Arctic. I come back every year to see everyone. It’s wonderful to come back. As soon as I get off the plane I feel grounded. I always feel at home in Newcastle. Even though I have been away for so long It’s still home to me. These girls are my family.”
Valerie Hamblin, 69, originally from Heaton, now lives in Hamilton, near to the Canadian city Toronto and is a former teacher.
She said: “It feels fabulous to come back every year. I first left in 1979 and since me and my husband have retired we come back every year. Newcastle still feels like home. I miss the Geordie accent and the Geordies have a sense of humour they do not know they have.
“Me and my husband lived in Canada when we were younger and then when we retired in 2003 we moved to Canada permanently.
“He had a job on the Northumberland tourist board and then the British tourist board and we were sent around the world. Canada, Germany, New York City and London.”
She is a former Bluebell dancer and toured the world to perform, before the pull of the North East brought her home.
She said: “I was a dancer and moved about. I have lived in Paris, Las Vegas and Beirut. I was 19 when I started travelling. Somebody else was paying for me to do it so it was very nice.
“Beirut was my favourite place, but now it’s Paris. The North East will always be home for me.
“All of the girls here still looks the same to me as they did back then. At reunions, it always makes you fall back into the same role you had at school. It is a highlight of the year to be back with all of my old friends.”