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Shevington Junior School


On the beach at Blankenberge, Belgium 1959
On the beach at Blankenberge, Belgium 1959
Photo: Brian Charnley
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Item #: 30305
I'm the lad posing with the football between Malcolm Sherrington and John Tait.
Behind John is Jimmy (Big Jim) Wilkins.

Comment by: Mick on 18th March 2018 at 16:49

Brian I can see Trevor Miles, Tom Collins and Eric Hall on the back row

Comment by: Mick on 18th March 2018 at 16:50

I think the one I thought was Eric Hall is Ian Hulme

Comment by: Pw on 19th March 2018 at 08:24

Must have been an adventure for these lads in 1959.Imagine carrying a sheath knife on your belt these days

Comment by: PW on 19th March 2018 at 09:27

I remember always carrying a pen knife or sheath knife in the 60's, most lads and plenty girls had a pen knife in those days; nobody ever got into mischief with it.

Comment by: Poet on 19th March 2018 at 10:13

A game of splits anyone?

Comment by: Carolaen on 19th March 2018 at 12:37

You are spot on saying that carrying knives was very common, Indeed when I was in the junior forms at WGS a very popular break time game was "Mumblety-peg" although I am sure we did not use hat name (but I can't remember what we did call it. The version we played was that two opponents stand opposite one another with their feet shoulder-width apart. The first player then takes the knife and throws it to "stick" in the ground as near his own foot as possible. The second player then repeats the process. Whichever player "sticks" the knife closest to his own foot wins the game.

Sounds great when you think about doesn't it - boys throwing - with all their might a knives at each others feet - what could go wrong? -yet I don't recall any injuries or indeed any masters supervising the break times being remotely bothered about it.

PS another popular pastime was "Knuckles" where you took turns to smash your fisted knuckles down on to opponents. The catch was that usually this took place over a hard surface such as a desk top - so you either hit your opponent on his knuckled fist (which hurt both of you) or - if he moved his hand away at the last moment you hit the desk top hard with your knuckles. Happy times eh ?

Comment by: Carolaen on 19th March 2018 at 17:16

Poet - thanks. Splits is what we called it !

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