Cross country runs and snowball fights
Encouraged to work harder
I remember that the cross country runs up Freshfield Road and down to the Whitehawk playing fields were so often wonderfully invigorating in Joel’s and Kevin’s company. They stood me in good stead when on a later 6th form geography field trip to the Three Peaks, we climbed Ingleborough mountain. I believe that it was in a detention class before their mock O levels that Messrs. Osborne, Wagstaff and Swaffer (Detention King) imparted the wisdom of doing a little bit more work in the 4th year rather than leaving it all until the 5th year. As a local boy my neighbours included Robin and Malcolm Wood and Michael Underwood.
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Football and boxing
I played a lot of football and was introduced to the boxing boys at Brighton Boys Club in Edward Street and the knock about football side by the railway line amusement ride near the Palace Pier. I remember my prayers for snow (so we could avoid school ) being answered and seeing the crowds of Queens Park school children waiting outside the school for a snowball fight. Their intentions were thwarted by the intervention of the heavy mob which included Osborne and Swaffer. Generally, I thought the whole neighbourhood of Queens Park was very safe even when I wore our uniform, and we were very lucky to have been able to enjoy our times there.