The Prescotian Webzine

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The Old Prescotian presented a series of individual memories.
Alan Jones [1938 to 1944]
  • Bobby Bolton's talks in the air-raid shelters on making chemical water gardens
  • The tram from the Kings Arms to go to Dovecot Baths,
  • Winning the Shield in 1944 but who did score the four goals?
  • The long slide in the playground at the first sign of frost.
  • 'Juddy' Hawthorne, often. "How many blue beans make five ?
  • School meals - traditionally mocked - considering the wartime restrictions were splendid. Particularly the jam tart and custard,
  • Sadness and remorse during an Assembly when Mr Briggs announced that Mr Murray, a young teacher who had been baited unmercifully with all the cruelty of youth, had been killed in action.
  • Going to watch the school football team on Saturday mornings having first bought some banana-split toffee from the little shop in St. Helens Road. I still buy banana-split simply to evoke memories of those halcyon days.
  • The 400th Anniversary Speech Day at the Lyme House cinema. Having left school, I had to beg a couple of hours off work to receive my rather modest School Certificate. The certificates were not presented...
  • Egg's gown failing off one shoulder.
  • The expulsion of a boy caught stealing souvenirs from an ME 109 on display outside Prescot Council Offices during Wings for Victory Week.
  • Changing into football gear in class.
  • The farm camp at Broughton, near Preston on Farmer Bradley's duck farm. Stuking corn was great fun but any offence, however minor, was punished by one having to clean out the duck sheds which contained droppings at least six inches deep. We cycled from home to the farm but about ten miles from Preston we got a lift from a lorry!
David Perkins [1934 to 1943]
  • Charlie Fennell, woodwork teacher, "If you hold the chisel like this, it is impossible to cut yourself.... Run for the First Aid box, someone!"
  • 'Drugs' Drewry counting off the lengths or Dovecot Baths as a clutch of hopefuls struggled towards their 25 Lengths Certificates.
  • 'Richie', gown billowing out behind him, galloping across the yard to call the tricycled Wall's ice-cream salesman to bring his velocipede from the road onto the field on Sports Day
  • The mad-cap Founder's Day football match, two houses v two houses on a multi-pitch ground with staff invigilators to count the goals -PGS's answer to the Eton Wall Game.
  • Fondly, Herbert Chant's parables of 'Empire History. "I knew a man who went out to Australia in the gold rush. He came back a millionaire, ' He'd opened a fish and chip shop at the diggings'.
  • Stiff-backed blue report books to take home, marks and positions with incentive remarks by the subject teachers upstaged by the form masters comment and finally the Headmaster's assessment. Mine often bemoaned my predeliction for the field of sport to the neglect of the academic.
  • End of term quizzes and general knowledge tests, times of relaxation, anecdotes and bits of fun which like so many time-honoured idiosyncracies would soon be discontinued.
  • The private competitions after the above to see who could drink the most Tizer,
  • Eddie Wood's incomprehension that anyone might not enjoy mathematics.
  • The end of term examination results pinned up on the class notice board in the corridor for all to see. The top and bottom three in each case almost pre-ordained and contentment.
  • Struggling under the netting and scaling the huge wooden ramp liberally dusted with french chalk in the Sports Day obstacle race.
  • The Swimming Gala, like Sports Day, a celebration of athletic prowess; the long dive, swimming under water, diving for plates all alongside the traditional races: an exercise in versatility which gave everyone a chance.
  • Scotty's propensity with the board-duster. Chant's unerring aim with a piece of chalk.
John Anthem [1939 to 1947]
  • School fees were 3. 9s. 4d. per term (exclusive of books) for boys from Liverpool.
  • School was open for juniors on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Riley's piano accordian in the air-raid shelter.
  • Being paranoid about the need to carry a gas mask to school since the Germans would use that weapon.
  • initiation into the Mole club and the Bat club which met respectively in underfloor passages and among the rafters.
  • John Waine and Noel Hawthorne were ordained.
  • The final of the Secondary Schools Shield Competition versus Liverpool Institute ending in a goal-less draw at Goodison Park in 1944. And the replay there. P.G.S. 4 Institue 0
  • Mrs. Carey's crispy pork and baked jam roll.

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