Old Whitgiftians who were made prefects in 1948, have met for lunch for the last time at Whitgift School.

The group have met regularly since their first reunion in 1958, a testament to the bond built at the school more than 65 years ago.

Ten ex-prefects and their wives attended the final reunion lunch at the South Croydon school after being invited by the Headmaster Dr Christopher Barnett. The group joined Dr Barnett in his study drinks prior to lunch in the Old library.

Roy Lewis, organiser of the reunions said: "There were 27 prefects appointed during the year and nearly all were at our original reunion in 1958. That number has dwindled now to just 18. We have got to the stage where we don’t know who may or may not turn up.

"Some of us travel a considerable distance to attend and that gets harder as the years go by. There comes a time when you know you have to call it a day. Still, we are extremely proud of our record."