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Thomas Linacre School


School Judo Club 1956
School Judo Club 1956
Photo: Graham Lowton
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Item #: 26208
A young looking Mr Martindale, Back Row centre. who taught Maths and Physics. A great teacher and a nice man. Who gave of his time to teach pupils the fundamentals of Judo for all the time he taught at the school.
Martindale Crescent at Newtown is named after his family who owned the land it was built on.

Comment by: Maureen on 19th March 2015 at 20:29

Is that Eric Dowbekin extreme right..we used to see him regular at Asda but haven't seen him for a good twelve months..he was a good mate of my Brother Michael McGovern who also went to Thomas Linacre..
I also read a good book all about Mr Martingales garden,it was a fascinating read,he had a beautiful garden..wish I could find the book again.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 19th March 2015 at 21:13

Maureen if you find the book I would love to read it.. I was in the Judo club for the five years I was at the school

Comment by: Mick on 19th March 2015 at 21:48

I think the book Maureen refers to is 'Growing Up In Wigan 1930 - 1950' by F.S. 'Joe' Winstanley.
Should be able to order a copy through Amazon.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 19th March 2015 at 21:52

Mick thanks for the info I have that book.

Comment by: DerekB on 20th March 2015 at 13:46

I borrowed the book 'Growing Up in Wigan 1930-1950' from Standish library relatively recently and would assume that there will be a copy at every branch library in the borough.

Comment by: Roy on 23rd March 2015 at 10:25

Hi Maureen, yes it is Eric Dowbekin, i haven't seen Eric since i left TLS. I have the book to which you refer, i will contact you on your e mail address if you are still using the same one.

Comment by: Maureen on 23rd March 2015 at 16:07

Roy,I've left you a message on the other thread,
and also the name Winter I mentioned should have
been Barnes nee Winter,I'm sorry for the confusion.

Comment by: Roy on 24th March 2015 at 16:04

John Thompson, stood 2nd from left.

Comment by: Len Dissado on 9th April 2015 at 16:25

I would have been in either the 3rd form or 4th form when this photo was taken, but I don't remember anyone except for Mr.Martindale--shocking really. I do remember the Judo club being set up though. A group of boys were horsing about and Mr.Brace said that he would find a master to run a judo club if they were interested.

Comment by: Tom Davies on 21st November 2015 at 17:07

Bottom row extreme right - Lowton
I never saw Martindale looking so young!

Comment by: N Mather on 5th August 2016 at 23:08

Hi, yes that is my dad Eric Dowbekin sadly he passed away just before Xmas in December 2014. I miss him terribly and I know just how proud he was of his sporting achievements at school.

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