1956 Peter Samways
I lived in Somerville Road and used to walk along Eastern Avenue and wait for my friend Robin Warren, then walk to the Hawbush to catch the 62 bus to school. Some other names I can remember are Eric Dance, Ronald Schenieder and Michael Johnson. Pat and Margaret Seal lived near me in Somerville Road. If we could only go back in time, I had a very happy life at Mayfield and William Torbitt, those were the days. I left Mayfield School in 1956 and moved to Eastbourne.
I well remember you as you lived diagonally opposite to us in Somerville Road. We lived at 118 and I think you were at 169? -next door to the Chines.
I was a few years older than you and so we did not socialise as happens with kids growing up. I remember your parents well. Alan Montgomery lived next door to me and he and Raymond Chine were closer to you in age although still older.
Like you I have many happy memories of Mayfield and many of Wm. Torbitt and have stayed in touch with some of my class-mates and visit them when home in the UK on holiday. I emigrated to Australia in 1964 and live in the picturesque Yarra Valley near Melbourne. Was ‘home’ last September/October and stayed in Eastbourne for a few days and did the Beachey Head visit and also Dover Castle. I liked your town very much being my first visit there.
Your photo shows you with your dog, I am impressed being a dog lover myself.
Best regards Peter Clarke
Sorry, but only just noticed your message. I Googled 169 Sommerville Road and did not recognize it, with nearly all the front walls knocked down and cars parked in them. I was married but got divorced 1n 1987 and have stayed that way ever since. I have two children, a boy 44 and a girl 42, plus five grandchildren. Still miss living in Chadwell Heath though. Hope you have a good Christmas and all the Best for 2013.