Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A rare shot inside the Prefect's room - from the David Bottomley archive.

" After a year of abuse and debauched behaviour from 1983-84, the Prefects' Room needed a very deep clean. Here, outgoing head boy Andrew Hay can hardly believe how disgusting the room had got. Lyndon Wallis on the right idea about the other 2"

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Norfolk Broads trip - 1970 - taken by Richard Mant ( teacher ) Part One of Many.

Some old slides from Richard Mant - History teacher at Purley Boys. These taken in 1970 when he took a party to the Norfolk Broads.
Richard is now 80 and very active and fit.
Names and faces please

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Mrs Ananin 1980's - on the set of A Man for All Seasons

David Bottomley posted this gem - "Mrs Ananin looking annoyed at being interrupted while applying the finishing touches to Mike Bramwell as the Common Man. Meanwhile Ian Hitt throws his hands up in despair because he can't find his tights"

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Lunch with Richard Mant - History teacher

A number of us met for a session of common reminiscences over a 5 hour lunch. Richard is now 80 and very active and fit.

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Below is one of his scans from the Norfolk Broads visit in 1971.   Paul Thomas on the left, Tim Edwards in the middle and a hidden Graham Tong in orange.

Richard writes - "  I hope it will bring back happy memories for all concerned and hopefully cause some of our old friends to respond.  It would be good to hear from them. They may like to know that next year I notch up 50 years of sailing on the Broads.  I have never missed a season since Purley first started sailing there in April 1970. My old boat, Silver Washed, which I owned throughout the 1970s and will be remembered by a number of ‘Purley Boys’ still sails on under new ownership. The boat is now 111 years old and is still raced regularly on Wroxham Broad. Perhaps some who came with me on the Pennine Way might like to respond too.  It would be good to hear from them. I ran hike expeditions on the Pennine Way for Purley in 1971, 1972 and 1973.

I had no idea you were filming yesterday when I was holding forth about the Pennine Way. Probably just as well!

Best wishes,


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Friday, 11 January 2019

Did you know we had a Dambuster at the school ?

Did you know we had a Dambuster at the school ? Paul Hobday ( 1968 intake writes - though not a relative as far as he knows )

Harold Sydney Hobday….nicknamed “Hobbie” Hobday.  b 1912 and left school aged 17, youngest of 5 children of Howard and Alice Hobday Joined RAF 1940. Married Ethel Simpson in 1938. 4 children Died 2000  

He was a Navigator. Part of Les Knight’s crew On the night of 16 September 1943, when Knight ordered the crew to bale out after the aircraft was badly damaged over the Dortmund Ems canal, Hobday managed to evade capture. Within a few hours he had made contact with Dutch resistance supporters. He was taken to a woodland shack near Baarn and reunited with his colleague, Fred Sutherland.  

The pair were then fed into the escape network, and smuggled the whole way through France to the Pyrenees, then onward through Spain to Gibraltar, and then returned to the UK

There are more links below. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Tony Pickup thinks this is the year - 1953/1954

Tony Pickup comments "I think I can name another couple (but I am going back 64 years) - Middle Row 2nd from left Durrell, and 3rd from left ?Thompson?  And I think Stannard should be spelt with 2 'n's.  He went on to become Head Boy.  He is supposedly to have gone on to become a captain of Industry, but I can find no references"

Comments below please...

Friday, 4 January 2019

1935-36 Cricket 2nd XI

John Hanson says "I would think about 1934/36.   Vick Curtis was the brother of Alan Curtis, and I played one game under him when he was Captain of the OP's 2nd team! Purver and Sillars ring a bell.   Photo was taken at our school.

Fas et Patria

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