I’ve managed to locate my old class photo from Downs County Primary (formerly Ditchling Road Council) School. This was sent to me by a former fellow pupil, David Kydd, a couple of years ago out of the blue. It is allegedly from 1957 and would therefore be at either the end of first year juniors or the start of second year juniors.
A bad hair day
I am the fellow on the extreme left end of the second row (as you look at the picture) with the surgical boots, leg caliper and pronounced frown. I’m not sure why my expression is in such gloomy contrast to those of my colleagues, but maybe I was just having a bad hair day: with that haircut I can well believe it.
1950s children’s fashions
I can’t put many names to faces, but I’m pretty sure that, as you look at the photo, front row third from left is John Young, last but one is Francis Ward and extreme right is Christopher Mason. Middle row sixth from left is Margaret Carpenter, and third row third from left may be David Marum. A fine period picture notable for the fine display of 1950s children’s fashions – especially the girls’ wonderful dresses and hairstyles.
Names to faces?
If any of these guys see this picture and wish to correct my inaccuracies, they’re very welcome. If any others wish to put their own names to their faces, they’re equally welcome. If anyone can remember the teacher’s name, better still!