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Last week Stanley Smith, 92 returned to Poltair for an emotional visit. He left in 1939 after passing the Oxford School Certificate in what was then the St Austell County Boys' School. A few years later he emigrated to Canada to start a new life, never expecting to return.

However, the desire to see the old school just one more time had become a driving force for the former Treviscoe man. His dream became a reality when he revisited Poltair accompanied by his daughter Marjorie and Tony Lake the former Head of Humanities and school archivist.

Stan was greeted by Stephen Tong and two Year 10 pupils. He had a tour of the campus and was very impressed by the modern and friendly learning environment compared to his day when the school accommodation was cramped and lit by gas!

Stan's visit gave him the opportunity to reminisce but it also gave him more happy memories to last him a few more years!

Stephen Tong said: "It's unbelievable that someone who left this school 75 years ago retains not only an enthusiasm for life, but can recall events from his time at the school in minute detail."


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