Tuesday 23rd July 1968 was a day of sadness for some as time was called on 'the Class of 68' and the strapping 18 year olds prepared to face the big wide world outside the gates of Purley Grammar School.
The day dawned damp and cloudy, in keeping with the rest of that turgid summer, but the planned cricket 6-a-side competition went ahead in the morning. This was followed by a last lunch in the Junior Hall, appropriately spam fritters, and a final assembly and rendering of Hymn 350, 'Now Thank We all our God', in the Main Hall, led by the Revd Bernard Holt and accompanied by one of the school music maestros, Ian Curror and David Brookshaw. Then it was farewell to friends and colleagues over the past 7-8 years, and a sad final walk to the bus stop to catch the 4.13pm 190 bus to Coulsdon and home. We had one last evening of drinks and a singsong at Parson's Pightle to look forward to, but our time at Purley was now well and truly over!
What have we all done over the past 50 years, who made their fortune and who didn't? For some, we are about to find out as 'the Class of 68' hold a 50 year reunion in central London in late November. You can be sure that the restaurant will be full of reminiscing about Stachak, Vic Gilbert, Arthur Jewitt, and the games of ludo in Room 9. Watch this space for a full report before Christmas!"