Farnborough Grammar School

Prospect Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire

Telephone : Farnborough 539
End of Term - 23 July 1959
These photos were all taken on the penultimate day of term just after the GCE ‘O’ Level results came out. Quite a lot of the crowd left school the next day never to be seen again. ‘A’ Level study must have been all work and no play because it seems I did not bring my camera back to school for a further two years. However it was with a roll of out of date Ektachrome colour slide film which a photographer friend of my father’s would occasionally pass on to me. With an eye firmly on its scarcity and the cost of development, I shot just three photos.
Some more classmates whose names I cannot remember. A correspondent mentioned the name ‘Andrew Young’ and although not specifically identified by him it is a name which I think may fit the face pictured both left and right here.
Allen Brydges on the left. Gerald Middleton and Michael Clegg.


Allen Brydges and Ian Bonham feature in most of these photos. On the left Ian is playing with the rangefinder I used with the camera, long before the days of auto-focus lenses.
On the right another group of familiar faces and half forgotten names; but not totally forgotten. Of that trio, sitting on the left is Owen who remained at school for anther year. Owen was I think his first name rather than last. In the middle - I think his name may have been William Pink and in the light coloured blazer - I don’t know. Smith perhaps?

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