Making slides in the playground
Good old Cottesmore. I started at the primary school not being able to speak a word of English in Mr Joyce’s class in late 1952. My recollection was it was a cold winter, and we used to make slides in the playground. I still carry a scar after hitting a wall coming off one of them. I am pleased to say that I was made very welcome and joined in the football. I specially remember Mr Joyce who used to walk about the class with his hands tucked in his trousers behind his back, and would give you a knuckle if needed.
The famous flying rubber
I remember that we used to find spent ammunition by the trees on the edge of the field. I also remember having the strap most weeks it seemed, from the Head Master, it was probably for fighting. I moved up to the secondary school in Mr Harvey’s class. I remember the flying rubber – but it was never aimed at me though. I still recall the ghostly story of the tramp read out to us; does anyone else remember that?
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Cross country to Hove Park
Mr Harvey used to take us cross country to Hove Park – snow and all. He was also keen on boxing; “get them in the solar plexus”, as John Rose did at the Dome inter-schools competition’s fastest round ever. I went to the new school and was in the school football team – inside right, Paul Rose – inside left, Jimmy Mulholland – left wing, They were very happy days.