Neil Foster looks over his shoulder
for Art was Mr Walters, a gentle, softly-spoken
Welshman, who had the looks and the build of the
boxer Freddie Mills. One of Mr. Walters' most
talented pupils (then painting in a conventional
style and not, as later, in the abstract) was
destined to become known as The Fifth Beatle. He
was John Lennon's best friend until his untimely
death from a brain haemhorrage in 1962.
Stuart Sutcliffe, a small, slight and very
pale-faced boy with a rather monotonous voice.
Sutcliffe's paintings were regularly hung on the
wals of the Art room and, while his artistic
talent was obvious to the point of being
outstanding, he had never shown any interest in
or aptitude for Music. I was most surprised,
therefore, when I met him in a Liverpool club in
1960 and he told me that he was a member of a
beat group which had just returned from Hamburg.
name of the group was revealed, I nearly fell
laughing to the floor, but since he took himself
so seriously I did not wish to hurt hisfeelings.
The group possessed the ridiculous name of the
know what happened to them ?
musical prodigy in our class was Michael Cox who
later appeared in Boy Meets Girl and had a minor
hit in 1 959 with a cover record, Angela Jones. I
hear that Michael now lives in New Zealand.
move Mike, get as far away as possible from the
scene of the crime ! )