Uckfield author Trisha Bridger has made an emotional return to her old school at High Hurstwood.
She told children how she came to write the book Why Can’t I Fly? which she has published to raise funds for Diabetes UK.
At High Hurstwood she tailored her sessions for the various age groups: Bunnies (Reception Class 4-5 year olds, Beavers (Years 1 and 2, 6-7 year olds), Badgers (Years 3 and 4, 7-9 year olds) and Owls (Years 5 and 6, 9-11 year olds).
She said children enjoyed looking at a newspaper photograph of her and her class at High Hurstwood in 1980 winning a Health and Safety Campaign.
“It was really special for me to return to my primary school and I thoroughly enjoyed my author visit there. Everyone was extremely welcoming and a pleasure to meet. I hope my visit has inspired the children,” she said.
“Visiting was also very emotional for me as the school has changed considerably with only part of the front of the main building remaining the same; which was sad for my memories.
“However, it was wonderful to see all the improvements and positive changes and how they in turn provide the very best education facilities for the children and staff which I am thrilled about.
“My visit sparked lots of amazing memories of my time there. They were great times, I loved it.
“I was sad to find out that my old headmaster, Mr Lusted, sadly died last year and then excited to hear that one of my teachers, Mrs Philips, is still involved with the school.”
Her visit has inspired Trisha to arrange a High Hurstwood school reunion for 2012.
She has more Waterstone's author book signing events for 2011 and is already booking into 2012. She has a number of dates with local radio and is doing an author book signing event at Kids’ Stuff in Uckfield on December 5 from 10am to 2pm signing copies of “Why can't I Fly?”.
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Trisha Bridger is pictured with the Bunnies.