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Monday, 2 March 2009

Cuckoo schools photo.do you reconise anyone


15 comments:

jim davis said...

My brother Sid gave me the photo, he thinks it is the last year of the juniors or first of the seniors, about 1950. Back row from left, Peter Devlin ? ? ? Peter (face ) Grainger ? ? Jimmy Buswell. Mid Row. ? ? Anthony Hollyoak Teacher ? ? Peter Reynolds ? Bot row Sid Davis ? John Snow ? ? Christopher Sallows ?. Sid tells me there was two Peter Reynolds. Perhaps someone else can add some names.

tags said...

They've gotta be juniors Tommy, they are still wearing short trousers, I doubt that it is 1950
though, looks a bit later to me maybe 1952'ish.

jim davis said...

I was trying to work it out the best I could. I left school in 1954 age 15years. Sid is 3 1/2 years younger than me so take you pick. If tags is right and it is 1952 that would put the photo in about the third year of the juniors. I agree they do look like juniors to me

tags said...

It could be a bit later, I'm not too sure myself.
I don't remember the teacher either, so it could be after I left which would make it about 1955 which seems too late and puts it into about the second year at seniors, I was already wearing drainpipe trousers by then.

jim davis said...

Tags my Sid was born in 1941, and I think looking at the boys to me they look about 11 or 12. Isn't that around your time there.?

tags said...

That explains it I'm a couple of years younger than Sid, for some reason I thought we were the same age. I left the Juniors just after the Coronation in 1953 or when I was eleven in 1954.

So if it was the Sid's last year at the juniors it must have been either
1951 or 1952.

tags said...

Then again that building in the photo looks like the the old newer part of the senior school, so it could have been about 1955 and maybe I left the seniors in 1956 when I was 13.

Sorry about the math, I didn't get that much academic education after leaving Cuckoo (Brentside) as with all those girls with green summer dresses, straw hats and NBK's were a big distraction in my co-ed classes.
It wasn't so much the NBK's as the fact that they were always, sniffing, snogging, giggling, sticking their tongues and chests out, putting on their make-up and trying to look like Brigitte Bardot. Or constantly whispering and talking, or winking at us boys, sending us notes, or doing handstands and cartwheels in class.
And just generally trying to seduce away from studying the
the very long sum on the blackboard, there was no argy bargy or algy baba or nuffin in that class. Apart from that I spent three days a week in art lessons, and two of them was spent drawing fat pendulous breasted, plump buttocked naked ladies, who modelled for us in life class and even they kept winking at us little boys. It was enough to send you barmy.
Still my best guess is it was probably after I left the seniors as I have no idea who that teacher is in Sid's photo.

tags said...

Sorry I meant Rubenesque ladies not fat ones.

jim davis said...

Third from the left front row is Johny Snow Cuckoo Ave. He and Alan Collett Lile Cres'. were killed in a motor bike accident when they were both late teenagers. One was the driver and the other pillion passenger. They were friends of mine and very nice young men.

Val B said...

Jim I remember that accident. John Snow was the same age as me and was in my class in the infants. I was so shocked and sad at that time and have never forgotten him. Other two wheel accidents that I can recall are Terry Gilham from Cuckoo Ave and my next door neighbour in Hillyard, Reggie Tyler on his motor scooter.His mum was a war widow with no other children so it was so hard on her. I don't know how she managed to go on but she did. She used to play the accordion and we could hear her every Sunday evening playing it. Such a sad existence for her.

jim davis said...

Hi! Valb, I got on the back of a Triumph 110 just once many years ago and that was enough for me. Re' accidents there were many of those on the North Circular Rd, when bikers raced each other, and also goaded lone bikers into racing up to Staples Corner and back. I always thought they were crazy. Then at the Funerals there would be a convoy of bikers following the cort├Ęge.

bob stevens said...

Val, Terry Grinham was a very close friend and we were devistated at his death I think it was in 62, he was on his way to collect his birthday present from his brother Les on a Sunday lunchtime in Perivale when his accident happened, we used to call his mum George, and she never recovered from the loss. When Joy and I were first married we lived in Scholars Road Balham, Terry's eldest brother lived just along the road from us, what a coincidence.
Some years ago I met Les who by chance who had a greengrocers in Willesdon but sadly have lost touch.

Ted baker said...

Hi there jim i remember them times at the Ace cafe. We used to put a record on and try to get back before it finished. I lost many mates in them days who didnt make it. i drove a matchless 350.I used drive one in the TA I WAS A DESPATCH RIDER FOR THE ROYAL SIGNALS AT UXBRIDGE.Igave up the bike when i lost another mate who hit a lamp post. and got killed.do anyone know Roy brooks. he used to live in Westcott crescent by Ted

jim davis said...

Hi Ted the Roy Brooks I knew had a brother Ron, Roy was the elder. But the Brooks I knew lived in the little offshoot from Westcott that led to the bus stop at the top of the hiil in Greenford Ave. I think it is called Hall Drive.

Lorraine said...

Hi, I know you posted your comments a long time ago but here's hoping you'll get to see my mine.
Roy Brooks is my Dad. He was the youngest of 11 children who lived in Westcott Crescent. Ronnie was the second youngest. My Dad now lives in Broadstairs.