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I was a choir boy at St Luke’s in the early 50s. I recall that we had David Shepherd, then a famous cricketer, come to preach at evensong soon after he was ordained. For once all the boys in the choir were in attendance. I met him many years later when he was Bishop of Liverpool and reminded him of the occasion when he managed to bore us silly for over 30 minutes without mentioning cricket once. He did not recall the sermon.
Hi Albert Doyle, I remember you. Have you still got the trophy that you won in that race you took part in, in 1976? You used to live around the corner from me in Dulwich. I lived in the big building further up the drive, Claremont, it was called and our landing was called Brenloch. Yeah 1976 was great, wish I had not left. O well, happy memories, hope you are well.
It looks like Sussex Street School where we used to go for Woodwork and Metalwork once a week. We went there from St.Lukes senior school in Finsbury Road from 1960 to 1964 when I believe the Finsbury Road school closed.
Hi Kathy, I thought you were in the year above me, but not quite sure. Mike Winter was 1 year above me and Colin Carter was 2 years above me. It would be interesting to have a reunion, if only to try and establish the class forms/years. It’s so long ago.
I was in Moulsecoombe primary school in the 90s and we did the mural on the front wall of the library I believe we were in year 6. I would love to see some pics of the kids involved if there are any. I also believe we were on the news but not sure whether there is any footage out there.
Thank you Diane for your comments, yes it would be great to hear what career paths our fellow class mates chose. From the people I have been in contact with we all did pretty well from a secondary modern. I have emailed you, but don’t know if you’ve received it. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing other comments from our contemporaries.
My aunt and uncle were Jim and Ivy Bradshaw, Ivy being my dad’s sister. They lived at 131 The Ridgeway, Woodingdean. Jim worked for Taylors Coaches for a long time. Does anyone remember them? I spent many a happy summer staying at the bungalow during school holidays whilst being looked after by Jane Parsons, my nan.
Hi Damian Wan – I don’t recall you at all, sorry. When were you at the school? I’m afraid that I didn’t particular enjoy my time there – in common with many that I have seen on other sites it seems. Still, life’s been kind in many ways and I’m still working at one of our best London universities. Richard Wheeler and I still meet up when we can. I live half of my time in Hove these days so maybe we could grab a coffee in one of the numerous places around here?
I remember a number of people who have commented above. I went to Cottesmore Secondary around 1964, the same year as Annette, Michael Winter, Peter Groves, etc. I remember a joke from the time in an English class – ‘Winter came and Snow lay down’. ‘Snow’ of course referred to Charlotte Snow. I left at 15 with one qualification, RSA Stage 1 typing, which proved extremely useful.
I have a photo somewhere, I think it’s year 2B when our class teacher was Mr Prior. He was quite newly trained and would blush at times, but he was really nice.
I still see Maria Whelan and sometimes Kathleen Flaherty. We should have a reunion of our year.
I remember Chris Carter, he was in an older year group. Did we go on a date years later?
I was from a large family, you might know some of my siblings.
Clare. Would your Dad have been Dr Gerry Donaghy? I worked as a receptionist in Hove for a long time and he used to do locums for us. A lovely man, so well respected and such a pleasure to work with.
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Fantastic! I can see the house where I lived from 1939 to 1953 – corner of Springfield Road and Beaconsfield Road. At first, trams went clanking by but they were mercifully replaced by the silent trolley buses in September 1939. The tram rails were lain in wooden blocks and when they were taken up the blocks could be scavenged for firewood. A nice task for a seven year-old!
I grew up at No. 17 Adelaide Crescent with my two sisters and two brothers. It was always such a busy household with Dad having his doctors surgery in the house too! Such happy memories of playing in the park, with all the other families around, and building long lasting friendships, how lucky we were!
Hi Linda Chessell, sure I remember you, hope you are well. Another fond memory was during morning assembly, we used to snigger at headmaster William’s pronunciation of Moulescoomb. He would always call it Mools koom, haha! Anyone who remembers me can get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, just read some amazing comments from Paul Clarkson, Andrew Deacon and Mr Leckie, yes I remember you all. So, Andrew you were always the star of the school plays and I have to admit to having a very big crush on you and Paul and Mr Leckie, do you remember when you instructed us to write our own version of Lord of the Flies, I still have a copy of my story, I believe Robert Fogden featured heavily in it. Mr Leckie, you inspired my love of writing and poetry, even though my punctuation was a bit suspect.
I am now an Insurance Broker for a large global company (the careers convention had a lot to answer for). It would be very interesting to see what career paths you all took after school, maybe we could form a whatsapp group. Anyway for now, it would be lovely to hear from you, my e mail address is Janie 5724 @ gmail.com Oh you will remember me as Diane Price
Just going through the old memories, I remember Brian from years ago.
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Reading Gavin Peck’s comment: “Leslie Byrne was a good friend and a very good sportsman.” I remember Byrne for 2 particular and sports events:-
a) was at Haywards Heath – Football – when he got a lucky flick from a heel to score a close-up goal and his comment was “That’s how to do it.”
b) At Dutton Homestall when I think we won the “Throwing the Cricket Ball” Competition.
Hiya, So pleased to have come across this. I see so few of my contemporaries but see lots of names I am familiar with.
I am the youngest of the 4 Peck Boys to go the Brunswick: Quentin, Rab and Gavin.
email@example.com (1956 to 1962)
Good to hear that Chris Hirst survived and is alive and well and doing what he loves best, flying.
Hi Richard, my name is Suzanne Serejko – I am the granddaughter of Mrs Fairhall (Fairy). My brother Steve and I are the children of Maureen Fairhall and Harold Rogers who lived with Mr and Green at 128 Whitehawk Road.
I lived at Friese Greene Travellers Rest for 10 months when I was 19 – we had the best time ever! I have photos of the building inside and out at the time if there is any way to share them?
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Did this shop become Parker’s Dairy at some point in the 50’s or 60’s? I used to do a milk round as a lad, well assist the milkman on Saturday and Sunday. There was a pie shop opposite, Crawshaws. They turned out the most delicious pies and sausage rolls.
Harry Croydon was my granddad. I remember the shop.
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