I have found your site very interesting as i have wanted to find out more about my dads (Bruce Lidington)high school.
i had been told a few memories including a (little) prank on a maths teacher nicknamed Chalky White , wrapping a teachers car in toilet paper while the mayor visited the school.
Last but not least getting suspended for smoking and betting on school grounds my nan kept the letter.
I spent every spare hour playing sport at school, failed dismally academically (thankfully not irreparably), but thoroughly enjoyed every minute and would do it all again tomorrow if I had the chance. A simple greeting from myself to you was rejected by your anti-spam software.
Very little hope of that happening, alas, but rekindling old friendships would go a long way so if anyone would like to contact me I should be delighted to hear from them. If you don't wish to hear from me (or others) a one-line message to that effect suffices. The photograph of "cock house" 1948-9 surprised me in that so many of the senior boys are shown wearing grey flannel suits rather than blazers and the staff, of whom I recognize Whiffy King, George Thorne, Sammy Watson and Bill Duke, are all gownless. Last Saturday I had a visit from Tom Lake who left HCS in 1963.
I always understood that "keeping up standards" was one of Simpson's mantras. We had a good natter about families and careers and all-in-all it was a delightful visit.
This evening I received two e-mails from Old Gayts and I am delighted to hear of their respective careers and successes.
I am amazed at the successes of old boys and the far flung places at which they now 'reign' If anybody cares to contact me, I shall be delighted to receive news of them.
We now have a batch of unidentified Gayton High School photographs on the website.
If you were at Gayton High, please take a look and see if you can help:- Shield, drummer of the Harrow County groups The Madisons and Episode Six, remembered for "Drum Break" in several early 1960s Xmas Entertainments, is singing with his A Capella Doo Wop group, The Mighty Echos ( at Danny's Skylight Room, 346 W.46th St., New York, Saturday Night, January 3rd at 7 pm.
Reservations 212-929-2242 Alan Bunting explains complexities of blazer purchases that I did not realise existed!
When I started school in 1940, I was taken to Mann, Lightbody and (I believe) Wheatley which was a bespoke tailor at the site where Alan describes Wheatleys as being.