A few of my memories from Mayfield and beyond.
Mr. Rew (PT). On one occasion he took us for a snowball fight a field, just up the road from the school. There was a tower in the background that had a clock that struck the hour.
Mr Sanders (Metalwork). Very strict.
Mr Summers (English). He refused to correct my spelling as I kept spelling some words in different ways.
Mr Beaumont (Science). He dropped a Kipps glass instrument on the stairs and tried to blame the boy next to him who wouldn’t have it.
I sat with a boy called Reynolds. He suggested that we tackled alternate maths questions to get through them quickly. He wished he hadn’t when I got most of mine wrong. I remember some other boys, Bob Patience, Ian Ramsey, Teddy Oubridge and ?Rozario, nice chaps they were.
Golly, I haven’t thought about all this since the day I left and got a job in Customs and Excise and remained there for 45 years. Good it was. I passed the clerical entry exam (lowest grade) and started repairing files and filing index cards on traders. It was always hard graft and many different challenges but the Department certainly trained me up over the years as they did my twin brother David. We were never high flyers but made steady progress through the ranks with hard work, a sense of humour, by being receptive to others and open and honest in our dealings.
This was me as a Coach Marshall on a trip to Buxton
In our final years we were we were both invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party so we felt the years of hard challenging work and sometimes going beyond the call of duty had been recognised. We ate ourselves silly and managed to talk ourselves into getting an ice cream from the VIP Guests enclosure, as well as talking our way into the DVD of the event. Being a twin does have its advantages… silly old fools!
I’m on the left with my twin brother, David