They partied Saturday night at the Badlands Community Facility like it was 1978. The Drumheller Composite High School Class of '78 got together for a 40th anniversary celebration.

"It started with Colleen MacDonald," outlined organizer Sandra Nicklom. "She came up to me buying groceries and said hey, we should put on a 40th, and we started about the middle of August, so I think we've done pretty well."

They managed to get commitments from about 80 former students, both in the Drumheller area and abroad.

"We grabbed the yearbooks and probably took a couple of weeks to get ahold of a lot that we could find," noted Brenda Gallagher, who was also decorating the hall prior to Saturday's reunion. "(We) had a couple meetings and decided what we wanted: colours, music, slideshow."

"It's really been heart warming to get the responses back from the people that we haven't seen in maybe 40 years," remarked Cheryl Greene. "The comments and the gracious wishes from some who couldn't be here this evening to enjoy it with us."

In addition to the reunion dinner and party at the BCF, Saturday's events included a guided tour of the old Central School building on 3rd St, SW, now home to Elim Pentacostal Tabernacle.

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