Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
"Great to see the photos featuring Ronald Collard.
Interesting to see that despite the obvious winter chill, the large windows in the background are wide open. Presumably there may have been good cause if the chemistry lab was upstairs as it was in the 1960s, but why are they open in George Love's woodwork room downstairs? The fog seems to be closing in too, which reminded me of the occasion in late 1962 when fog (or was it smog?) prevented us going outside for games (yes!) and we found ourselves in the new physics lab watching that other doyen of the ATC, 'Beery' Cooke, trying to demonstrate lining up iron filings using an electro-magnet. It worked at first and would have continued to work had a boy (now on the 'guest list') not placed a compass point in one of the electric points on the benches and fused the circuit. After much head-scratching, Mr Cooke tried to repeat the experiment with the same results...again and again.... until it was realised that all was quiet in the rest of the building. Nobody had bothered to tell us that Dr Birchall had sent the rest of the school home early that afternoon because of the fog. But the fun we had that afternoon more than compensated. Standing recently in the same spot as the photographer brought it all back to me. Does anyone else remember the occasion?"
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Thursday, 12 February 2009
The picture, taken by the Croydon Times dated 22 July 1953 (copyright No 8028) is of me receiving the Sydney Black Trophy from Air Marshal Fogarty who was Dr Birchall's flying instructor many moons before! It so happend that Air Marshal Fogarty was the signatory for the Air Council on my commissioning scroll a couple of years later. Mr Jewitt is in the background.
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More to come from Ron over the next week.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Colts rugby photo - ? Clark (4th left) is next to Clive Frampton.
And, on a topical subject, does anybody remember the school ever being closed because of the weather? Even in the winter of 1962/3, when the 1/- milk bottle drinks were frozen up for weeks on end, I cannot recall Basher Birchall giving us home leave, nor staff / boys failing to turn up, even from the depths of Limpsfield, Thornton Heath or Hitchin. Happy to write out 'I must have clean shoes at all times' x 100 if I'm wrong!
Alan Girling sends this note on the lost names:
I can help out with one or two names on the Athletics photo, as some were of my vintage. Here goes…. On the back row, extreme right, wearing the number 8, is Rob Walker. Rob joined in the 6th form and was a good all-round athlete. I recognise the one next to Rob but can’t put a name to him – it might come to me yet. Next to the lad with no name I think is a guy called Peter Eustace, though less than sure there. In the centre of the back row, with the hoops on his vest, is
Moving to the middle row, right in the centre in the tracksuit is Chris France, I think. Another very good runner but more slightly built so looked the part as well. Strangely for one of quite small stature, Chris used to ride to school on a 650cc Triumph Bonneville, in the days when the UK not only had a motorcycle industry, this machine really led the way in all senses of the word. On the far right of the middle row is another face with a name that has gone, but next to him (and captain of the rugby photo in the latest update) is a guy called Frampton. I’m thinking his first name might have been Peter but I’m probably getting him mixed up with the singer of a few years back. Framps was a big bloke. Next to Framps is one of my year, Mick Giradot. Mick was good, no, excelled, at most sports. Winner of the Victor Ludorum on several occasions, he played rugby for
I don’t know anyone in the front row, sorry.
Alan"Peter Richards writes: " Wotcha - I suspect we're not acquainted, as I left (on request) in 1967. I've scanned in a couple of pics - athletics team and colts rugby 1967 - I thought you might like them on site. The pratt in the red trunks splashing water all over a mountain stream in the Snowdon 1966 epic is likely me, Peter Richards. Ah well."
Eagle eyed readers may spot a pre-pubescent Nigel Bowles in the front row. This was the last time he was seen wearing a tie and blazer.
Fas et Patria
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