A NUMBER of former students returned to Hereford Sixth Form College on Saturday to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

The Folly Lane centre was opened in 1973 and has gone one to be one of the highest achieving establishments in the country.

Around 75 people who were from the 'class of 1973' were in attendance to remember what it was like and to see how it has changed.

"A group of us meet regularly in London and thought it would be nice to do something as it was 40 years since the college opened," said Angie Gibbs, who helped organise the gathering.

"I retired to Hereford having been away from the city since 1975.

"I got in contact with the college and ended up being involved in organising the event.

"We also had a 70's celebration evening and brought with us a lot of memorabilia.

"We want to leave a bit of a legacy."

Karen Morgan, who joined the college in 1973, travelled up from Barry in South Wales.

She said that it was lovely to see so many old faces.

"It was an exciting day and is not going to happen again," she said.

"The Sixth Form has changed so much."

Gourmet burgers rustled up by A Rule of Tum were supplied to the guests, while acoustic band Temperance Hall performed.

Former student Nicola Owen also showcased her dance students.

"I did dance at the college when I was there between 1998 and 2000 and it was lovely," said Nicola.

"It was really nice to come back and bring my own pupils."