Brenda Russell has sent us this photo. She writes: "Taken September
1953, I think. This was the class picture of the students admitted
to Downhills Central - but not as yet segregated into A/B/C classes.
I think we took the exam at Christmas and after that this group
was split up between the 3 classes. Only about 6 or 8 of the people
in this picture actually stayed with me in Mr. Geoff Rowe's class.
The class teacher was Mrs. Henfrey. Some of the students didn't
even have their uniforms as yet, as you can see."
Brenda recalls some names, Bob Holder, Betty Pitt & Fred Stapleton
back row: Eric Borley; Roy Walton; Frank Gamble; ???; ???;
Sidney Widdocks; ???; Terry Burton; Fred Stapleton; ???; ???.
middle row: John Oliver; Tony Wright; Malcolm Shelley; Margaret
?; Sylvia Murden;
Pat May; Christine Salmon; ???; Brenda Morgan; John Easom;
Thick; Brian Raven.
front row: Valerie Keig; Brenda Russell; Janice Neilson;
Gillian Bryant; ???; Betty Martin; Norma (Tylee? - ed); Bette
Another of Brenda's pictures, this one was taken in the field
behind the school.
left to right: Christine Salmon, Diane ? (the girl who played
Unchained Melody at the class talent show), Valerie Nunn, Brenda
Russell, Marion Tomasevski, Brenda Morgan, Iris Plume. Brenda says
that they were not all in the same class.
Pam Taylor (nee Tickell) sent us this shot taken in 1957.
back row: Brian Hodgkinson; Rod Winter; Tony Wright; Fred Wyllie;
Brian Edwards; Fred Stapleton; Ray Rawlings; Norman Cox; Roy Walton.
middle row: Geoffrey Vivash; Betty Martin; Anne Saunders; Ann Fordham;
Joyce Barker; Janet Davis; Joan Dalton; Diane Cook; Valerie Nunn;
Maureen Briggs; Pamela Tickell; John Hare-Brown.
front row: Bette Smith; Brenda Russell; Pat Ellis; June Nicholls;
Doreen Gray; Margaret Nixon; Ruth Britzler; Ann Croker; Jimmy McKean.
sitting: Tony Hedley; Brian Raven.
The reverse of the above picture, has numerous autographs on it.
Another picture from 1957, this one sent by John Oliver.
Back Row: Barry Darnell, Tony Brakespear, David Smith, Frank
George Bundle, Colin Mason, Derek Eddowes, John Easom.
Centre Row: Alan Holloway, Micky Ball, Margret Babbington, ???,
Beryl Turner, John Oliver, Brian Clifford.
Front Row: Janice Nilsson, Ann Honour, Valerie McCole, Mr Gregory,
Valerie Neport, ???, ???, Margret Chamberlain.