I read with some sadness about the death of Stan Frankland. I knew him in three stages of my life. As a child, seeing him serving in Symonds Sweet shop in Oxlow Lane, Dagenham. Then, when I was in Albion Road Primary School in 1947 he took over the football team for a while. Then, when I started teaching at Mayfield in 1963, he was a colleague. I shall always remember his keen attitude and his infectious smile and laughter.
I was amazed to read Harold Cutting’s letter. I was a colleague from 1963 till 1971. His stories about Spitfires in the Second World War were legendary. I used to go into his lab and have chats about photography and his Leica 111g. Also, he would lead the annual continental holiday for the boys each summer. I shall always remember him.
Does any one remember Bill Chalk? He ran the special needs department. He was a keen Labour Party activist and wrote a well-known series of readers and workbooks based upon his own brand of phonetics called the Booster Readers. He lived in Wickford in the sixties.