School tree-union! Former Sidmouth College classmates back together to mark 40th anniversary of Christmas tradition

Pupils past and present helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of a Christmas tradition at Sidmouth College.

Sixth formers have carried a tree to the school to kick off the festive season every year for the past four decades.

And alumni from 1979 reunited this week to recreate a photo from the first-ever effort.

2019's sixth formers carried on the festive tradition this week.

2019’s sixth formers carried on the festive tradition this week. Picture: Sidmouth College

The now-50-somethings turned back time with a nod to their teenage years, when the tradition began after the school minibus broke down.

A group of students volunteered to fetch the tree from Colaton Raleigh and carry it back to the college – and the rest is history.

Monday saw 2019’s cohort of sixth formers carry this year’s tree from Kings garden centre to the college via the town centre.

They collected donations along the way and the cash will go towards a community event in the new year.

Fir-ever young - Sidmouth College alumni from 1979 reunited to recreate a photo from the very first Christmas tree carry four decades ago. Pictures: Sidmouth College

Fir-ever young – Sidmouth College alumni from 1979 reunited to recreate a photo from the very first Christmas tree carry four decades ago. Pictures: Sidmouth College

Sidmouth College principal Sarah Parsons said: “The sixth form Christmas tree carry is a fantastic tradition and the visit from the 1979 alumni was a fantastic way to mark the 40th year.

“I can’t imagine they ever thought that what started that year would still be continuing 40 years on.

Sixth formers from 1979 were the first to take part in the tradition. Picture: Sidmouth College

“For us, the Christmas tree carry is not only about marking the start of the festive season, but also about the community and being able to put on a community event from the donations the students receive.

“Thank you to everyone who donated to make this possible.”

Head of sixth form Sue Hurley added: “It was wonderful to see so many of our students, past and present, celebrating what has become a long-standing Sidmouth College tradition.”

Flashback: The first-ever Christmas tree carry took place 40 years ago. Picture: Sidmouth College

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