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TV | Nostalgia filled ‘Northern Irish Schooldays’ will take you down memory lane

Some might say they were the best days of their lives and a new film for BBC Northern Ireland goes beyond the school gates to take an educational trip down memory lane.

Packed with nostalgia, Northern Irish Schooldays delves into some unmissable archive footage as present and former pupils reminisce about their formative days in the classroom.

Teaching methods may have changed, but from first day nerves to the excitement of the school disco and sports day competitions, these classmates - old and new - share many experiences.

It is a family affair for Cliodhna and her father Arthur who attended the same primary and secondary schools in Carrickmore, County Tyrone. Arthur recalls being slapped with a sally rod back in the 1950s and Cliodhna looks back on home videos and her performance in the school concert.

For dinner ladies Frankie and Suzanne the lunch time offerings have improved from their school days, while current students Kori and Grace examine old footage and can’t imagine a time when technology wasn’t at the forefront of classroom teaching.

James and Jona, school boarders at Campbell College in Belfast, spent more time together than with their families, and Clare and Richard reminisce about their pioneering steps into integrated education at the newly created Lagan College in 1981.

From glam rock and T-Rex to 1990s girl power with the Spice Girls, our former pupils recall fondly the music that formed the soundtracks to their youth.

Packed with nostalgia and lots of fun, Northern Irish Schooldays gives a unique insight into school life in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish Schooldays will be broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on Sunday 5 September at 8pm.

It is made by Afro-Mic Productions for BBC Northern Ireland.


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