Stanmer Secondary School


By Chris Redford

Photo:Stanmer Secondary School Form V

Stanmer Secondary School Form V

From the personal collection of Chris Redford

Who are the people?

In the photo is Harry Hellier and Terence Harding (middle two top row), Allan Lakin, Graham French, David Sharples, Howard Holden (1st four middle row), Janice Haste, me in a white jumper, John Corbett, Bowditch (?), Jennifer Parrett ?, Christine Darling? (bottom row). Names I have for those unidentified are Gordon Reeves and Michael Dick. There is one completely undecipherable signature on the back of the photo, which makes 15 in total. Brenda Hallett was absent from the photo opportunity on that day.

Familiar names

Browsing this site recently I noticed the names of John Corbett and Graham French in separate posts, both classmates in the above photo of Form V. We left the school after taking our GCE 'O' levels in the late spring of 1962. It was nice to see familiar names from Brighton as, as after a summer working in Meads Delicatessen in St James St, I joined the RAF in September 1962, and eventually lost touch with all friends and girlfriends except obviously my family. My sister, Lesley Redford, followed me through Stanmer but three years later than me. She still lives in Brighton and is a grandmother of four.

A career in aviation

After a lifetime's career in aviation, I have retired to Chelmsford, Essex - for various reasons but mostly one woman - my wife. I have been fortunate in having two lovely daughters and a beautiful granddaughter along the way, all taking after me of course. I'm looking forward (?) to my 72nd birthday next month (December 2017).

Best wishes and long life to all readers of this post,


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