A group of former students took a nostalgic trip back to Edge Hill University to meet up for the first time in over forty years.

The group of four were primary school teacher trainees from 1962 until 1965 at the Ormskirk Campus, which in those days was undergoing a transition from a women?s only teacher training college to a mixed one.

Former student Janet Banks from Nottinghamshire remembers a very different Edge Hill to the University it is today.

“I?m really pleased that Edge Hill is still thriving. It really has changed a lot over the years,” said Janet. “In our day we even had to ask permission for a male visitor. At the time I was engaged to my husband and my parents had to write to our hall warden to formally request a visit from him. It?s lovely to see the original building fully functional, alongside such impressive new buildings on campus.”

The friends, who are now retired teachers, came from as far as the Isle of Man, Nottinghamshire, Manchester and more locally Maghull.

Janet said: “Some of us have met up since we were students at Edge Hill, but this is the first time the four of us have got together since we left in 1965. It?s been a fantastic visit and I?m sure we?ll come back again.”