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Class photos 1950, 1951 and 1952

Here are some photos of my class at Downs Primary School.

1950 photograph:

The boy holding the board ‘1950’ is Trevor Roberts, other names are Margaret Menzies, Lesley Tuck, Joyce Dunn, Lavinia Parsons. 

1952 photograph:

Back row centre-Joyce Dunn and Gillian Homewood

Second row from the back 4th from left Lavinia Parsons, 8th Suzanne ?, 9th Olive May, 10th (me) Susan Richardson, then the teacher, Mrs Turner.

Do you recognise yourself or anyone else. Can you share your memories of this time? If you can help, please leave a comment below.

Downs Primary School
From the private collection of Susan Thackeray
Downs Primary School
From the private collection of Susan Thackeray
Downs Primary School
From the private collection of Susan Thackeray

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  • The middle photo I think I can name some:- Back Row 2nd left – Mavis Butcher. 4th back Ruth Springall. Sitting on chairs – 4th left, June Streeter. Gosh! Several faces I recognise, but can’t remember names at the moment. Brings back lots of memories.

    By Pat Salmon (nee Fox) (02/05/2013)
  • I think I can add some names to the 2nd photo. Back row L/R No, Mavis Butcher, no, Ruth Stringer, no,no,Barry Carter,no, no, no, Steven Hodge, Miss Webb. 2nd row L/R Valerie Groom, Raymond ?, no, no, no, no. Daniel Daughtry, Sheila Bignall, no, Elizabeth Guy, Ron James (me). 3rd row L/R Carol ?, no, no, June Streater, no, possibly Tanya Price?, possibly Margaret Parsons?, no, no, Sandra Hale. Front row L/R Terence Munnery, no, no, no, no, Teresa Shippam, no, Colin Starley, Roy Long, no. I wonder if anyone has any others that they can add.

    By Ron James (07/05/2013)
  • Talk about a blast from the past. I was in Miss Webb’s class also, but am not in the photo (must have been away that day). Now that you have named people Ron, I recognise many and several went on to Dorothy Stringer School. What a great web site this is.

    By Pat Salmon (nee Fox) (07/05/2013)
  • Yes Pat, I think most of the ones that I named went on to Stringer School. Have you seen the school lately? Most of the buildings that were there originally are hidden behind new ones. I think when we went there we started with 400 pupils and now it is over a 1,000. I believe I am right in saying that Danny Daughtry died when he was in his early 30s. I saw an obit in the Argus last year for a Roy Long and the age was right. I did speak to Colin Starley about 6 months ago, but I don’t know about any of the others.

    By Ron James (17/05/2013)
  • Re: 2nd Photo. Back row I’m standing next to Steve Hodges.

    By Ashley A Stokes (04/06/2013)
  • In the middle photo Barrie Carter is in the back row 5th child from right. He’s my Dad!

    By Kate Linscott (20/12/2017)
  • Just came across these photos, and that is me in the ’51, 2nd row down third from left, and ’52 same row sixth from left. I can remember three of the girls names mentioned above- Joyce Dunn, Lavinia Parsons and Lesley Tuck, I also remember a boy from the same class, his name was Richard Hazelrig, but I can’t identify him! Wondering if anyone remembers me? I went on to the Fawcet school but only for about a year as we moved to Edinburgh.

    By Kenneth Hamilton (23/09/2018)
  • Hi Kate. Did Barrie Carter, your Dad, go to Varndean? There was a Barrie Carter in my year, I started there in about 1954.

    By Dennis Parrett (25/09/2018)
  • Back row: ? Mavis Butcher? Ruth Springer ? ? Barry Carter-Liz Cook?Ashley Stokes, Steven Hodge-Miss Webb
    Next row: Valerie Groom????? Daniel Daughtry, Sheila Bignell, Roger Redman, Liz Guy, Ron James
    Next row: Marion Broderick?? June Streeter?? Valerie Chapman-Sandra Hale
    Front row: Terence Munnery??Peter Hawes? Terri Shippam? Colin Starley, Roy Long?

    By Terri Reed (Shippam) (09/07/2019)
  • I remember Kenneth Hamilton, I think you came to Black Rock one day with parents and you cut your foot? Or is it an imagined memory? I was skinny, curly haired Susan Richardson.

    By Susan Thackeray (10/03/2020)
  • @Susan Thackeray. Susan I just discovered your comment, I remember the cut foot, I think an ambulance came down onto the beach for me! Still have the scar. Moved to Edinburgh aged 12 about 1956, still here. Are you still in Brighton, I was there for a third visit in 2019, I used to live in Old Steine. Nice that you remember me. Ken.

    By Kenneth Hamilton (08/06/2021)

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