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Standish Grammar School


St.Wilfrid C of E Grammar School class photo J3 1952
St.Wilfrid C of E Grammar School class photo J3 1952
Photo: Peter Worthington
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Item #: 21262
L-R Back Row: Head:Mr.W.Garner.William Johnson,Vincent Whittingham,John Freeman,Brian Taylor,Frank Henry,Norman Holland,Geoffrey Molyneux,Norman Heyes,Alan Berry,Alan Banks,Richard Culshaw.
Centre Row: Harry Smethurst,Alan Wilkinson,John Large,Graham Leach,Roy Naylor,Arthur Lowe,Raymond Turner,Aaron Ashurst,Alan Wilding,William Tomlinson,Stanley Osborne,Alan Tomlinson.
Front Row: Stanley Bibby,Roy Knight,Jack Rainford,Me Peter W.,Derek Hurst,Alan Stone,Albert Langton,John Linford,Derek Smith,Reginald Mercer,David Bentham.Teacher:Miss Light.

Comment by: frank on 11th August 2012 at 23:10

It is "Standish" not "St Wilfrid". How old were these boys?

Comment by: Peter Worthington on 12th August 2012 at 02:11

The full title for this school WAS: Standish St.Wilfrid's C of E boys Grammar School. The age of the pupils varied, one on the back row of the photo was five months older than I.
At the time King George VI passed away, 6th. Feb. 1952, I was eight years old, two months short of nine. I could have got the class standard number wrong (i.e.J3), it could have been J2; anyway it was Miss Light's class, maybe someone will offer the correct one. My sincere apology Frank, for the confusion.

Comment by: alan lad on 25th August 2012 at 16:04

Peter is it true the tale I still remember of when they held a class in the conservative club that when the teacher Bob Baker asked if anyone had a knife he could borrow Aaron Ashurst clod one for him and it stuck in the blackboard ?

Comment by: Peter W. on 26th August 2012 at 01:06

I am in a similar position to Yourself on that one, I heard that tale because I was off with having checks on my peepers, I got my right one damaged when a school chum threw a handful of lime based mortar, and it closed it for a short spell. I was sat at the rear of the class and I couldn't see the writing on the board so well, so I had days off to be tested for different specs, and that is probably why I missed the fun. Quite often Bob Baker got things thrown at the board when his back was turned,at least one winter I remember a small number of pupils threw snowballs at the board, the melting snow obliterated best part of his writings. I should have left this following comment on the other one, but I think it should do here. Bobby Brown did live on Adelphi, His Brother Alan lives a ten minute walk from wher I live.

Comment by: Roy on 20th September 2012 at 15:32

Do any of you realise that Molly Light was Australian?

Comment by: Peter W. on 23rd September 2012 at 01:43

Would that make her sister Australian as well Roy? They both lived together opposite the lodge gates, no.35, I used to take their paper when the regular lad ducked

Comment by: Roy on 27th September 2012 at 19:26

They were both spinsters were they not, so i imagine if they were Australian they would have come here together

Comment by: Peter W. on 28th September 2012 at 00:22

I would say they were both unmarried women of refinement, my father and his brother used to know them to speak with and I do remember Annie being mentioned; I never found out which person was who, in those days kids had to keep quiet and listen.

Comment by: Roy Huxley on 2nd October 2012 at 11:14

Frank, Peter, it became St Wilfrid C of E rather than Standish Grammar in approx 1950. Talking to Harry Smethurst in Wigan last night, not seen him for years but couldn,t mistake him.

Comment by: Peter W. on 2nd October 2012 at 16:22

I believe your comment Roy. I answered Frank's comment to the best of my ability, according to the history books the school was built as a grammar school for boys, can't remember the exact date, but it was about 16-- something. Harry Smethurst; it's surprising who one bumps into.
Didn't you live near to Mr.Groome the sergeant, or was it someone with the same name as yourself?

Comment by: Roy Huxley on 26th October 2012 at 20:10

Yes Peter i lived at no 19 which is now Garlands flower shop and the Groomes lived next door at 17.

Comment by: Bill Tomlinson on 21st September 2014 at 13:20

Now you do surprise me, I never knew that miss Light was an Australian, never detected an Australian accent.

Comment by: Ed on 27th March 2017 at 10:50

Did brian taylor die in the manchester airport disaster

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