Graduates from the 1963 class of Nanaimo District Secondary School descended on Bowen Park Saturday for their 50th reunion.
Organizers said about 200 people were expected to attend, with many making trips from their homes across the world.
A row of classic cars greeted the class, which came together previously for its 25th and 40th reunion years.
According to one of the organizers, Maureen Young, planning for the event took about a year.
"It just all came together; lots of volunteers," said Young. "We didn't have enough jobs, that was the problem. I'd say at least 20 people volunteered. It's a big effort."
The school in 1963 welcomed students from throughout the region. Graduates included residents from Cassidy, Cedar, Yellow Point, Extension, Brechin, Wellington and Nanaimo.
The wide reach of the school's catchment area helped to make the reunion a rather historical event in its own right. Organizers sought to emphasize that value by paying homage to the region's coal mining roots.
"We're going to be donating any funds to the Morden Colliery restoration," said Young.
"(The school) brought everyone together from the whole city. .. All those memories, all those communities, it's historic. Because all those areas were coal mining that's why I thought of the Morden Colliery Provincial Park.
"When you get to our age, you start to think about history more and the area, how it developed," she said.
In addition to the classic car show there were spot dances, prizes and a bar. Now 50 years removed from graduation, the smiling faces gathered together to take yet another class photo together.
Local businesses Spice of Life catering and Triple T Party Rentals provided the fare and decorations.
Through the years, the ties between members of the 1963 class have remained strong. While the graduates who descended upon Nanaimo on Saturday came from areas like Italy, England, the United States and eastern Canada, many of the school's former students still manage to get together for informal reunion events.
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