I have commented elsewhere in this blog of my time at Gunnersbury Grammar School, one of the few benefits of which was the establishment of a comradeship that seems to have stood the test of time. On Wednesday of this week, I enjoyed an extended lunch with five of my old classmates from the school. Tony Anderson and Ken Howe were in form 1A with me, Roger Jones, Tony McCann and Bob Reeves were in form 1; we all joined the school in the autumn of 1956. It was agreed that we should try and get in touch with other members of that fateful year group with a view to organizing a grand reunion.
So, this is a call to all members of the Class of ’61 (forms 1 and 1A, joining in 1956) of Gunnersbury Catholic Grammar School, to get in touch with me at peter.maggs at mirlibooks.com Alternatively, you can respond with a ‘comment’ to this blog.
The register of form 1A is almost hard wired in my head I heard it so often, so in case there is any confusion here is the list as I remember it with some Christian names:
Tony Anderson, Michael Axe, Batters, Tim Bolton, Bradley, Bray, John Brian, Burton, Peter Corey, Chris Dargie, Evans, FitzGerald, FitzSimmonds, Patrick Harvey, Heaney, Martin Hewstone, Dunstan Holden, Ken Howe, Barrie Jones, Kane, Kemp, Kine, Peter Maggs, Frank McCourt, Diarmuid Moloney, John Moriarty, Peter Morris, Gerald Olley, Michael Paul, Sharples, Turner and Bernard Wheaton.
Some of the spelling might not be correct, and for that I apologize. Any of you who remember me might also remember that spelling was never my strong suit. Please do get in touch. Sufficient water has ‘flowed under the bridge’ in the last 55 years that any remaining animosities or prejudices should have been assuaged.
Added on 28 May... Here is the approximate class list for form 1, 1956, around 95% correct:
Peter Arlford, Andrews, Barber, Beesley, Byers, Dick Daniels, Gummer, Iles, Kennedy, Kilbride, McGeoghan, McGregor, McHale, Jan Mendela, Miezkowski, John Mitchell, Murphy, O'Rourke, O'Sullivan, Bob Reeves, Tony Swaisland, Thorton, Bridges, Carter, Clive Casey, Day, Roger Jones, Martin, Tony McCann, Murphy, Mick O'Donnell, O'Higgins, Quinn, Tiley, White, Stringer, Zac.
Updated 4 Feb 2017
Updated 20 March 2021
3/2/2017 01:42:41 pm
Good memory. Got pretty much every name. Add Zak Stringer .Howe was in 1 I think.
13/8/2017 02:21:52 pm
25/6/2021 04:47:41 pm
Looks like it's now 60 years since our last confession (or is it 60 years since we all left Gunnersbury .....) Time flies when one is having fun.
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