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Your celebrations: Lifelong friends retire from teaching.

THIRTY years ago, Springwood Primary school was the biggest in Britain.

Pupils and teachers were crammed into the school, and two classes took place simultaneously in the assembly hall. Luckily things are a bit calmer now, but Pat Mylott and Jeanette Blackmore still remember the hectic days of Springwood's baby boom.

The teachers, who retired last week after 30 and 21 years at the school respectively, met aged four when they were pupils at Dalton Street Methodist church in Cathays. The pair lost touch and only met again in 1981, when Jeanette joined Springwood.

``As soon as our eyes met we recognised each other,'' said Pat, of Awel Mor, Llanedeyrn. ``It must have been more than 20 years since we'd seen each other, but we soon became firm friends again, and now we're retiring we plan to spend more time enjoying life.''

Pat decided she wanted to be a teacher when she was still at school, and was inspired by her art teacher Mrs Raybould.

Jeanette began teaching at a later stage, starting out at first as a nursery nurse. She landed her first teaching job at Springwood and has been there ever since.

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RETIRING Jeanette Blackmore, left, and Pat Mylott. PICTURE: Peter Bolter
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 21, 2002
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