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Thomas Linacre School trip to Switzerland, Easter, 1958.
Thomas Linacre School trip to Switzerland, Easter, 1958.
Photo: Ron Hunt
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Thomas Linacre School trip to Switzerland, Easter, 1958.

R. Hunt second from right front row.

Comment by: keith on 12th November 2007 at 08:07

How did they afford it,my only luxury at linacre was a cig,a match a very small hovis bun all for a penny at dinnertime from a toffee shop half way down a street where the bus station now is,cannot remember name of shop but very popular with everyone

Comment by: RON on 16th February 2008 at 21:13

The cost of the trip for 10 days. Was £25.00. My parents paid weekly. I think the trip was booked about 8 months in advance and every week prior to the trip I took money into school to pay for it. We were allowed £5.00 spending money, which we had to hand over to Dacre Brown and Dennis Pegg. Who gave it us back in Swiss francs every day. The older lads, who had been on foreign trips before, knew the score and took extra money which they changed themselves. I wll aways be grateful to my parents for giving me the opportunity to visit a foreign country. Little did we know that another 10 years down the line. More and more people were beginning to travel abroad for their holidays. At the time, it was a chance of a lifetime.

Comment by: RON on 16th February 2008 at 21:40

The cost of the trip for 10 days. Was £25.00. My parents paid weekly. I think the trip was booked about 8 months in advance and every week prior to the trip I took money into school to pay for it. We were allowed £5.00 spending money, which we had to hand over to Dacre Brown and Dennis Pegg. Who gave it us back in Swiss francs every day. The older lads, who had been on foreign trips before, knew the score and took extra money which they changed themselves. I wll aways be grateful to my parents for giving me the opportunity to visit a foreign country. Little did we know that another 10 years down the line. More and more people were beginning to travel abroad for their holidays. At the time, it was a chance of a lifetime.

Comment by: john lythgoe on 15th March 2008 at 23:39

I´m to the right of R Hunt, my brother, Chris was concieved while I was away, never knew quite knew what to make about that, it was a top trip though

Comment by: john lythgoe on 27th March 2008 at 23:18

For Keith, the shop in question was Fanny Orgill´s

Comment by: Geoffrey Smith on 28th December 2008 at 10:56

I don't remember anyone on the photo except myself,Geoff Smith,fifth from left back row,but I do remember the trip,first week Lucerne second week Lugano with a day in Milan.Only just found this site and it's brought back many memories.

Comment by: RON on 2nd January 2009 at 16:02

Hi Geoff I remember you. You were in 3 or 4 years? above me. I was only in the First Form when we went on the trip. You were a really good looking guy and I was envious as I imagined, rightly or wrongly, that you could get any girl you wanted<g>.
I can remember a few of the names on the photo. in no particular order:- Jed Bentley, ? Naylor. ? Hazeldine. ? Hyde. Anthony Winstanley(a.k.a. Sheranna). Kevin Webb. Graham Lythgoe. Tony Flattley. Jim Ferrick. John Lythgoe. Barry Kent. Not forgetting, two of the best masters in the school. Dennis Pegg and Dacre Brown.
I still have the school magazine with a article about the trip written by ? Hazeldine. Who was also a really good swimmer.

Comment by: Graham (Eggy) Barton on 31st May 2009 at 20:44

I have Dacre Brown's itinerary for the 1960 and 61 trips to Switzerland. Little did I know at the time how much Dacre and these trips would influence my thinking. Years later Wilderswil Tourist office gave me a gold hatpin - I'd been in there so many times. In the 1990s I organised a walking holiday in Switzerland for an over-50s group - based on Dacre's 1961 itinerary. Now I live in New Zealand. All down to the inspirational Dacre giving me a profound interest in geography and travel.

Comment by: Graham Fee on 28th September 2010 at 15:02

Graham Fee is 6th from left on front row. I was in first year at TLS and I can remember this trip vividly to this day. It started my passion for the mountains and I have been visiting Switzerland and Austria regularly ever since. first on the left on the second row was a very competent drummer and played in the band at a school dance. Doe anyone remember his name?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 4th November 2010 at 13:53

Hi Graham I think the lad on your right with his hands on his knees was ? Parkinson

Comment by: Colin on 12th November 2012 at 00:36

I'm plum centre on the back row with the wavy hair (now, sadly, waved goodbye!) I remember the trip well. I was so excited that I made myself ill and it was touch and go whether I made it. I didn't eat a thing for days before we left but managed to tuck into steak and chips on the ferry crossing whilst most of the others were puking over the side. I also remember Denis Pegg stopping a few of us on the trip to Milan and asking if we'd like to see inside La Scala Opera House. He'd tapped up the stage doorkeeper and we got inside and stood in the middle of the vast stage. Not many can say that

Comment by: Alan Roberts on 10th October 2018 at 11:27

I am late as usual joining in the comments. Ron, the kid to the right of Graham Fee is actually me, Alan Roberts. Lots of faces I remember but only Graham, Ron Hunt Nd John Lythgoe that I could put name to. Can it really be 60 years, guess so as the exchange rate back then was over 7SF to 1 £.

Comment by: Brian Gallagher on 13th April 2020 at 16:15

It's really nice to see the nice comments about Dacre because, I remember him as a fellow actor at Wigan Little Theatre in tyhe 1960's andhe was always kind and supportive to younger actors. he was an inspirational man. I later beercame a secondary teacher myself, andf I know the value of praise and encouragement.

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