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Lewisporte Regional High School graduate organizing event for Class of ‘73

The graduating class 1973 of Lewisporte Regional High School. Marshall Dyke, one of the graduates, is arranging a get-together for the class in August.
The graduating class 1973 of Lewisporte Regional High School. Marshall Dyke, one of the graduates, is arranging a get-together for the class in August. - Contributed

Although he doesn’t call it an official high school reunion, Marshall Dyke would like to get together in August with his classmates who graduated from Lewisporte Regional High School in 1973.
Dyke, who lives in Gander, suggests the graduates share a scoff, scuff and a few sociables.
He has put aside Aug. 9 for the gathering, which will start with a meal at Li’s restaurant in Lewisporte early in the evening. The group will then attend the dance at the stadium later that night. The dance is part of the Town of Lewisporte’s annual mussel bed soiree.
“People that come home often come for the soiree, so this would be a good time to get together,” Dyke said during a recent phone interview.
Dyke was raised in Norris Arm but attended school in Lewisporte for his high school years.
“We were what they called the bussing students. We couldn’t do any of the extracurricular activities after school because we had to get the bus home,” he said.
Although he was unable to participate in the school’s sports and other activities, Dyke bonded with some of his fellow students, who he remains friends with today.
Such friendships were shared at the school’s reunion in July 1998. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the class of 1973. 
During the celebrations, Dyke said, they enjoyed much joy and laughter as memories of the past were shared among the attendees. The reunion included a meet-and-greet for the graduates as well as a school bus ride around Lewisporte. The reunion dance was also a great time to reminisce, he said.
“We had our partners there and it was wonderful. We danced, we drank and, sometimes, we cried.”
Those attending the reunion also took to several boats and steamed to Exploits Islands for a barbeque.
“Never in the history of barbeques was there a better one than what we had. We had superior chefs (school graduates) who prepared a meal fit for the Queen,” Dyke recalled.
While the 1998 reunion was about sharing stories of the past and rekindling friendships, time was also set aside to remember the graduates who had passed away.
“I am sure we will remember them again,” Dyke said of the Aug. 9 get-together.

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