Class 4, Coombe Road School, 1953. That’s Miss Connolly’s class I think.
Who do you recognise from this picture? And who remembers starting in Class 1 and having a little canvas bed with your name on the paper label so you could have a little sleep in the afternoon? And presumably not get nits from yesterday’s occupant.
1953 eh? Anyone recall the historical pageant put on at school to celebrate the Coronation? Re-enactment of ‘Our Island Story’ I think it was. I only remember watching it – we were probably too small to be in it. Though I do recall a bit about how the Union Flag was constructed – with the Saltire – the Cross of St Andrews -being successively overlaid by the crosses of St David and St George. A boy from Mafeking Road had to wear his kilt to school. (Come on Archer, own up. We know who you were and where you lived. Though not what you had on underneath – we were nice girls – well mostly).
And we all learnt to sing ‘Rule Brittania’! But I don’t recall performing it. And the only bit of the pageant that sticks in the mind was when the Romans or the Saxons or someone invaded – two swarms of little boys hurtled across the junior playground at each other at this point going hammer and tongs with cardboard swords like something out of ‘Gladiator’. They really warmed to their parts I think.