Wednesday, 28 November 2007

George Nicholson's CV

Fresh from the Croydon Archives - click the photo to see it full size. What a gem.

Interests are shown as Athletics and Cross Country. What a man. Mmm

Monday, 19 November 2007

Ebay frenzy

Is nothing sacred ? - click this link to bid on history.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

George Love's Book

Still around in bookshops after all these years. The legend lives on..........

Panoramic Photo of 1977 found !

We have been promised a copy of the missing photo soon - if anyone else has a copy let me know.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Missing 1977 panoramic photograph

Jebel Kabir ( 1974-79 ) writes
"Nobody appears to have mentioned the 1977 panoramic photograph.
The gap of only two years between this and the 1975 photo was the result of the "School Council" (yes, an attempt at democracy did exist in the school in the 1970s!) suggestion that the school should commemorate the Silver Jubilee (the Silver Jubilee logo appeared on each print). I seem to remember a/some silver birch tree(s) being planted in 1977. Did you notice them at the reunion?
Are we going to see photos of the demolition of the school on your sites?

I started in September 1974 (4th form as we called it in those days). I was one of the first to be denied the opportunity to sit the 11 Plus exam and, therefore, arrived at Purley Boys three years later than I should have done! I remember D G S Akers at a School Council meeting, responding to a boy's request to have the school sign re-erected outside the school (it had fallen behind the low wall in Placehouse Lane): "Good heavens, boy! Do you really want people to know what this school has become!" The sign remained where it was, of course! "

Sunday, 11 November 2007

PCGS Camera Club Evening 1950- Mr. Bridges sets up his camera

Does anyone know who the boy is ? click the photo to see the detail.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

Colin Woods 1st XI Cricket team 1965- 66

Alan Girling writes to add to this photo - "I recognise a couple of these – the blond bloke standing next to Bill Patterson was called Pearson (Pierson?) but don’t remember his first name. The small lad sat next to Adrian Christie is Tom Ferguson. The missing name looks a bit like a bloke called Dick Haslam, who joined in the LVI from Woodcote, bit don’t remember if he played cricket or not."

Fas et Patria

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