Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Upper VI Modern class of 1957.

Tony Pickup has sent this photo in - it's the Upper VI Modern class of 1957. 

60 years on he is not too certain of the names - can anyone else help ?

Back Row:  John Thompson, Peter Cross, ?Dave? Stuart (can't remember first name), Barrie Newman, "Boris" Bastin,

Middle Row:  Mick Robinson, Pete Nicholls, ?Nick? Crampton, Tony Pickup, Alfie Barnes, Pete Tyrrell,

Front Row:  Alan Brialey, ----- Fletcher, Pete Holliday, Kenny Spain (who so sadly recently left us).

School v Staff football at Tollers 1974

School v Staff football at Tollers.
L to R -
Stuart Tunstall
Andrew ‘Killer’ Kennedy (kneeling)
John Baker
Ian Purvis (?)
Miss Maitland - French Teacher
Pat Flippance
Gary Vose
Clive Tucker
Robert Atherton
Vince Day
Clive Bealey

Nick Peaty

Thursday, 24 March 2016

French teacher on the ‘Bowl Out the Batsman’ stall Summer Fete 1973

French teacher on the ‘Bowl Out the Batsman’ stall. Mr Bealey Snr in the background !

Friday, 18 March 2016

Michelle Maitland - French teacher on the ‘unrideable’ horse - School fete 1973

Looks like Ken Rose in the background left but who is looking on ? Derek Akers in foreground.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Also taken on the field by the same photographer in 1974

Taken on the field by the same photographer in 1974 as the photos below.

It features Andy "Jo" Dolan who is doing his smug Toss Appleton impression.

Where is he now? Last seen at the 1988 Reunion in the School Hall.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Nigel Bowles RIP 1954-2016

So sorry to have to bring the news that Nigel Bowles has died aged 61. 

Nigel was in Croydon University Hospital - he had been visited by many of his Purley mates over the past weeks but got an infection on Saturday and despite the efforts of the doctors and a crash team they were unable to save him.

Many of us have very fond memories of him - he was the funniest man I ever knew.

Funeral details will be passed on when known.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Dave Shepherd Head Boy 1964 and today at Peter Budge's Memorial Service

A number of Old Boys paid their tributes to Peter Budge who died recently at the age of 73.  Roger Maynard, Colin Benson, Keith Masters, Paul Rasor, John Lohan and others were there to remember the great man.

Here you can see Dave Shepherd - Head Boy 1964 now himself over 70. Keith Masters is on the right ( 1965 entrant ).

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Quiz question - who is this ?

Taken by the Tennis courts in 1974 this photo is of a teacher who joined straight from College and taught French. Any ideas ?

extra marks for the name of  the boy in the background wearing only a t-shirt !

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Mr Toss Appleton - Head of French 1974

High quality version of previously published photo taken on the school field.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Staff shot from 1974 - M Stayton (L) - unknown lady - Mr Jarman (R)

Looks like it was taken in a pub ( Parsons Pightle ? )

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