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Dudley High School girls leave the Black Country for the white slopes of the French Alps

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

By Gavin Jones

  • Dudley girls in the shadow of the French Alps

  • Snow all around, but it was still warm enough to leave your jacket off

  • On the steps of the hotel

  • The girls on a station platform

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IF YOU stand on Dudley's Coronation Gardens with your back to the castle and face the Council House, to the right you will see a brand new building buzzing with students, and next to it, slightly downhill, another one in the making, swarming with hard-hatted construction workers.

This is the latest phase in what is now called Dudley Learning Zone, a cluster of new specialised colleges which are all part of the original Dudley College at the top of the Broadway.

And though this is all new, the site, until recently a large but unsurfaced car park, couldn't be more appropriate. Because this is where one of the town's best-known seats of learning, Dudley Girls High School, once stood.

The school opened in 1910 and nurtured the town's brightest female students for 65 years, until 1975 when it merged with the boys' Grammar School to become a comprehensive and was renamed The Dudley School. Among the Girls' School's most notable alumni were Wimbledon Champion Dorothy Round and TV presenter Sue Lawley – but we're hoping some of our readers will recognise a few of these former pupils too.

The girls were pictured in 1951, at various stages of a school trip to Servoz in the French Alps – our thanks to local author Terry Price for putting them our way.

Various groups of girls are shown in a range of places. The largest group are pictured on the steps of their hotel or hostel, some are shown on a train platform, and there are snaps with the snow-capped mountains filling up the background.

But what we don't have are names.

If you recognise anyone in the pictures, and better still, if you were on that 1951 trip to Servoz, we'd love to hear from you. Give us a call, write to us at the usual address, pay us a visit or send an email to gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk.

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