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Delighted to be back in Worcester

Since matriculating from the Pioneer School for the blind in 1978, Mark Tribelhorn hasn’t been back to Worcester.

However, his anticipation for the town’s 200 year celebrations and his impending visit has taken over completely. He vividly remembers the 150th celebration and how a aeroplane wrote the number 150 in the sky, despite the fact that he is visually impaired and was only ten years old.

“This is by far one of my most exciting holidays,” he gushed during a telephonic interview with Standard.

He fondly reminisces about the clear picture he remembers of what the town looked like back then and is excited to see how things have changed since leaving school.

“I was always blown away by how beautiful the town was, and still is. I try and keep up to date via Google street view. The architecture of the buildings were always so special.”

He adds that he simply cannot wait to take a tour of the town and to see how the places he used to frequent has changed.

“We used frequent a place called Pandora Cafe, as well as Dandy Kitchen, where you could find the best and cheapest milk shakes. Another place we also used to visit was Good Hope cafe. And then, of course, the Wimpy was built and I remember my dad had organised that I could go there and eat and drink and he would pay later.”

He also mentions the three diving boards at the municipal swimming pool and how he was halfway up the 32ft ladder when he talked himself out of going through with the jump. But he is most excited to pay a visit to his alma mater.

Originally from Rondebosch in Cape Town, he was at home when the earthquake of 1969 hit the towns of Tulbagh and Wolseley but he admits to being so scared upon his return.

“I was so scared when I went back. I had dreams about another quake ripping through the town of Worcester.”

Even though he left Worcester, he hasn’t left Worcester behind and catches up with the Standard via podcast.

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