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A full twenty years ago in 1977, at the time of the amalgamation of P.G.S. with P.G.G.S., Peter Barlow succeeded John Weekes and Barbara Smith as ,Headteacher. His baptism was truly one of fire for a great deal of the St Helens Road buildings was razed to the ground in two disastrous conflagrations only a year after his arrival.

Generations of Old Prescotians will remember Peter as their Head both in St Helens Road and Knowsley Park Lane. In many ways they will know him better than those who have met him only at reunion dinners. Some of us have had the pleasure of working with him, especially at the time of the recent 450th Anniversary celebrations. His enthusiasm concerning the replacement of the war memorial and the assistance which he afforded the committee of Old Boys made its task most agreeable.

Now he retires, leaving behind him an institution which has gained by his leadership. Whereas he will be greatly missed at the School by staff and pupils alike, we hope that we shall be able to welcome him to many future reunions. We wish him, together with Carroll, many years of happy and healthy retirement. Well done, Peter!

We asked the retiring Head whether he had a message........he wrote:

IT'S THE last time I will be doing this," is a recurring thought as I approach retirement this summer. The thought is often tinged by regret but other times by relief. There will be other opportunities to explore these thoughts.

Twenty years ago I read of thwarted attempts to resurrect the Old Boys' Association. No one appeared to have the drive, time or commitment until Jim Taylor, Cecil Pickavance and others started with a small annual reunion to which my wife and I were always pleased to be guests and Pat Bailie inaugurated the Register and The Old Prescotian. It has been good to see the Reunion become a major gathering of Prescotians from so many years but I will always recall with particular thanks the between former students and the School as the 450th Anniversary approach Like to thank again all those who by their presence and support enhance events. The long history of the School became a reality to youngsters who disregard for their historical make-up.

I do hope our association flourishes and that it, manages to embrace younger members. 'The Old Prescotian' is always a good read and, while I will not be able my support as Headteacher, I hope to remain in active contact. Carroll, my wife thank you for your support.

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