Manjimup recently saw a cohort of students born in 1950 return to the town for a special reunion. The group started their school life together in the first grade, with most of them carrying on to study at Manjimup Senior High School, graduating from Year 12 in 1967. The cohort, who have reunions on an irregular basis — the last one in Manjimup being in the early 1980s — had planned to meet last year when they had all turned 70, but the event was cancelled at the last minute due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accompanied by partners, the group were allowed to visit MSHS last month to tour their old stamping ground and enjoyed seeing some of the original parts of the school as well as all the upgrades and changes to the facilities. Manjimup’s George Ipsen was one of the cohort who was responsible for organising the event and said it was impressive to see so many of them still come together. “We mainly have the events outside of Manjimup because most of the people graduated from high school and disappear, go to uni or go elsewhere,” he said. “It’s quite surprising to get that number of people from one cohort still wanting to come back.” The day also included a trip to the nearby Avocado Collective packing shed and Fonty’s Pool, and ended with a lunch at the Manjimup Country Club. Mr Ipsen said the day was enjoyed by everyone and he was looking forward to the next reunion, but joked at the fact the organising did come with its difficulties. “What I did find is it’s bloody hard to organise a bus load of people to move to an agenda,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it — I was standing there yelling and screaming at them to keep moving.” Mr Ipsen said he expected they would try to have the next reunion in a few years.