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DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles visits his former Bury St Edmunds school only to find it demolished




A TV presenter was left 'feeling a bit bereft' after he returned to a Suffolk town to see his former school - only to find it demolished.

Nick Knowles, host of DIY SOS, took to Twitter after he decided to stop by the former St Louis Catholic Middle School during a visit to Bury St Edmunds.

However, he was surprised to find the school, off St Andrew's Street South, had been demolished.

In a post with a picture of the demolished site, he said he was 'feeling a bit bereft' to see his 'childhood in rubble'.

He shared with his followers that he had his first kiss at the school with Diane Wybrew.

In response, former pupil Katie Corfield said: "I remember you and Diane at school, you were in my class and we sat next to each other in a pottery class in St Louis.

St Louis Middle Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds closed in 2016
St Louis Middle Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds closed in 2016

"We were supposed to make a pot and mine ended up wrong so I made a nativity scene in clay."

St Louis shut in 2016 as part of the closure of middle schools across the county and the site became St Benedict's Catholic Lower School.

It has stood empty since 2019 but a planning application was recently approved to build nine houses on the site of the school sports hall and academic buildings.

Nick was a pupil at the school after his family relocated from London to Mildenhall and they later moved to Tunbridge Wells.

DIY SOS host Nick Knowles and designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen at the house of Simon Dobbin in Mildenhall in 2017. Picture: Mark Westley
DIY SOS host Nick Knowles and designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen at the house of Simon Dobbin in Mildenhall in 2017. Picture: Mark Westley

The TV presenter returned to Mildenhall in 2017 with his DIY SOS team to transform the home of Simon Dobbin who died last year.

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