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Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com

You're quite correct. I should have said Lincoln Rd.

Where on earth Talbot Rd came from I have no idea. Just put it down to the wearing out of the brain cells!!
Tue 6-Dec-2011 16:30 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Alan Whittaker(53-59) | alan~AT~whittaker4000~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Bruce,
I've been puzzling over your siting of Talbot Rd on the Marsden Estates which were built after The War to the North and East of Harton Schools.Talbot Rd is located between Stanhope Rd and Harton Lane and I seem to remember the houses were mainly pre-War.
I remember well the competition to be in the "top section" at Harton Juniors and to be top of the class was very special;although in my time the top boy
became a miner at Whitburn when he left school!Quite a difference in career pattern to your friend!
I was never in the top section(top of the second top was the most I achieved);However, unlike your friend, I was able to sit the 11+ at age 10 and started at the High School two weeks after my 11th birthday
Tue 6-Dec-2011 16:03 - Somerset
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
An anecdote concerning one of our school's Famous Old Boys.

Every day the Daily Telegraph publishes a short list of notable people whose birthday it is. Included in the list today (3rd December) is Professor David Phillips who was at the school from 1951 to 1958. He is 72 today.

David's family was allocated one of the new council houses on the Marsden Estates (Talbot Rd to be precise)in 1948 if I remember correctly. His father was a Master Mariner who had been a prisoner of war for several years and was then employed as a River Tyne Pilot. He joined me in the A class of our year at Harton Junior School having been quite correctly judged to have the ability to go one year ahead of his age group. He was extremely intelligent and he and I tussled over ownership of the top two desks in the classroom - people of my vintage will understand what that means. However, in those days rules were rules and the Education Authorities refused to allow him to sit the 11-plus with the rest of us in the year as his birthday is in December and he was only 10-plus at the time of the exams. So poor David had to languish at Harton for a further year in the 4th form before he could sail through the tests and come to the High School (as it then was).

Later we were both members of the same Scout Troop attached to St John's Presbyterian church behind the Town Hall. We shared a number of camps and even completed our First Class Hike together in the wilds of Co Durham.

After school he went to Birmingham University and eventually copmpleted a PhD in Photochemistry, a subject on which he is a recognised world authority. After research appointments in both the USSR and California he went on to eventually become Professor of Chemistry at Imperial College, London. He is currently President of the Society of Chemistry.
Sat 3-Dec-2011 13:25 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
d thompson | davta60~AT~blueyonder~DOT~co~DOT~uk
re ties surely mens ties slope one way womens the other,reason some boys have stripes one way is that they were wearing their sister's ties-no doubt this happened at girls' grammar as well.
Tue 15-Nov-2011 16:10 - still in shields
Derek Mason | derek~DOT~mason~AT~foodstandards~DOT~gov~DOT~uk
Re- the sloping of stripes on the School Tie. Our family reckon it was to do with where it was bought as only Woods and the Co-op sold the uniforms one sloped to the the left the other to the right. Just a thought from a sunny Atherstone 16C.
Tue 15-Nov-2011 10:44 - England
Ed Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I get jealous of Bruce, Neale. Eric, Mike & co's reminiscences of events in their era. I have no contact with anyone from mine. Neither my name or my brothers' appear in the list of names, Makes me wonder if it's all been a dream. I had two close friends a couple of years older than me who went to the school & their names are also missing. Perhaps all the alumni from my era have kicked the proverbial bucket. Suppose it will be my turn next, Janvier 1012 quatre vingt six ans cest moi.
Ed, from a sunny PEI
Sun 13-Nov-2011 14:24 - PEI
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Yes, Neale, Malcolm and Janet did marry and ended up living in West Avenue just two doors away from the father of one of my classmate's (Ian McDougall) who was the Head of the Chemistry Department in the school. Janet was also a great friend of my own sister-in-law Margaret (nee Wright) but was too distressed at her loss to attend the reunion in 2002.

The world just got smaller!!
Mon 7-Nov-2011 20:07 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
I certainly remember Malcolm Henderson. One reason would be the unusual length of the relationship (to use the modern vernacular) that he had with Janet Bohill of the Girls High School. They seemed to have been a couple forever. Did they eventually marry I wonder?
Malcolm lived on Kyffin View on Sutton Estate. Other boys from Kyffin View at the school at that time were Bobby Burn, Derek Dewar and Donald Davidson.
Mon 7-Nov-2011 18:56 - Victoria BC, Canada
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I'm sure you are correct about the initials of the third Graham, Neale. Obviously I was certain about my brother, and GG as he lived so close to us, but I wasn't at all sure about the other one.

I might add that when my brother's friends became prefects they showed me absolutely no mercy and I received many sets of "lines" from them for supposed misdemeanours around the school.

There is a final curiosity concerning another member of my brother's Form - Malcolm Henderson who you may remember. As I have mentioned much earlier I left the school straight after O Levels and pursued a career in the Royal Air Force, starting with an Apprenticeship in Electronics. This was at an RAF College in Somerset and I was in my final few weeks before graduation when Malcolm turned up as a National Service Education Officer. He had completed his degreee at Kings in Newcastle and then a BEd post-graduate teaching course. He returned to our School as a teacher in the 1970s and sadly died just a few months before the Reunion held in December 2002.

Small world isn't it?
Mon 7-Nov-2011 16:15 - Ruskinton, Lincolnshire
Neale | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
On second thoughts early September morning air should read late September(or even early October)
Mon 7-Nov-2011 02:09 - Victoria BC, Canada

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