This photo was taken in 2006 with my youngest granddaughter, Amy. The photo was taken by my eldest granddaughter, Holly.
Sad but interesting to read Stan Frankland’s obituary. I was never a sporty boy, small and weedy in the early years, wish I was now! Can’t remember many of the other PE teachers but I do remember a Mr Rew, an ex-army PTI if rumours were correct, who often humiliated me for not being able to hurl myself over a wooden horse, land on my hands and do a somersault.
Stan Frankland was more lenient with me. I remember on one of my many ‘excused games’ days, helped by a note written by my sister, Stan sent me over the road to Hollick’s to get him a packet of fags. The worst thing cigarettes did to you then were to stunt your growth, or give you a sore hand if caught smoking as a boy.
While looking through an old suitcase, which I seem to be doing a lot of lately, I came across my Mayfield school tie. This pattern was adopted while I was there so it is probably different from the one others remember. But I’m sure some of my near contemporaries will recall it. The photo shows it tied in a Windsor knot that was the done thing then, I’m surprised that I remembered how to do it. You can see a canteen medal on the right below the knot between the two yellow diagonal stripes. Yes, I know, I need to get out more.