Author Topic: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys  (Read 77098 times)

Bob Bowling

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #210 on: 19:24:10, 29/09/20 »
The dreaded recorder society - the poor unfortunates who joined found it impossible to leave.

Chazz

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« Reply #211 on: 19:51:16, 29/09/20 »
Recorders - yeah, known to have been played in Shakespeare's time and so oddly appropriate 400 hundred years later for a bunch of us schoolboys with knobbly knees to embarrassingly dress up in tights (no, I'm not showing that picture...) to commemorate the fact... :-[ I still wake up in the middle of the night...

Chazz

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« Reply #212 on: 19:51:36, 30/09/20 »
This is a pic which relates to Tony's inverted one a few pages back, because some of those boys are in this pic too, a few years later (1963/4?)L to R top - Fawcett, Huntington, Hadfield, Waskiw, Riley, McIntyre, King, Wood, Fox...Middle row - Lee, Goldstraw, Hopkin, Shepherd, Murphy, Broadhurst, Henshall, Fowler, Rafter, Swain.....Bottom row - Firth, Edwards, Knott, Poynton, Bill Lawes, Johnson, Wooler, Jacobi, Campbell....On ground - Pickering, Garratt, Talbot.
Chas (Charlie) Broadhurst

Alan J

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #213 on: 14:55:21, 04/10/20 »
Hello Chazz, and a very warm welcome to the site.
I believe, from your comments, that School has left you with some great memories of your time there.  Not all of the contributors to the site were so fortunate but those who I knew well would say that, if you worked hard and kept your nose clean if that expression is still in use, then the 5 or 7 years should have passed without fuss.


One of the less happy, and a boy we have spent some years contacting, has appeared in your recent photo of your Class in the Third Year.  Celeste, our Moderator, has suggested that I send you something called a Personal Message (P.M.) and this I shall do this in a few days.
By the way, are you still resident in the Manchester area?


Alan J.

Chazz

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« Reply #214 on: 21:30:02, 04/10/20 »
Hi Alan, and thanks for the welcome! Im afraid I presently live in the Middle East and Im told the Metrolink doesnt reach this far yet, so Im going to have to pass on any meet-up.What I did do, though, was pass on the link to this page to my brother, Bob, who also attended MCGS. He was 4 years in front of me so we moved in different circles. He was impressed with the page, and wrote me this anecdote, referring to an episode from his 3rd (4th? hes not sure any more -) year. If any one has more info on it (MEN archives?), hed be very grateful He writes -
Yo,
I've read most of it. OK I skimmed the last few pages which seemed to deal with the post Broadhurst school. I recognise most of the teachers' names but none of the pupils. Except for C. Broadhurst and R. Broadhurst. Don't panic. They are on form lists half way through.
I was hoping for some ref to the infamous school outing to Newcastle. The one when the train's communication cord was pulled a dozen times on the way home. Transport police boarded the train in York. It was pulled twice more! It steamed into Victoria (Piccadilly?) station with all the Northern Press reporters / camera men waiting. Flash bulbs. Railway porters trying to hold people back. Fred Wyeth pictured waving his cloth cap and shouting "The children do not want to be photographed!"  Followed by a surge of parents clipping ears.
As far as I know nobody claimed ownership. And I didn't get my picture on the front page. Fred Wyeth did. And every maths lesson for the next few weeks began with him lamenting that if you went into the "Express" archives in 100 years time you would find only one ref to MCGS. .Not correct but...

Bob
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Youve got me intrigued with the P.M. by all means send me
Chazz
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celeste

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #215 on: 21:50:35, 04/10/20 »
Excuse my interjecting but the entire forum is a 'time capsule' and I believe pupils in Greater Manchester may be reading our posts in years to come.....
All that's necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

Chazz

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« Reply #216 on: 07:29:32, 07/10/20 »
That's strange - in my profile I ticked the box allowing users to email me - but if it's anything like the cars/bicycles/airplanes I have to identify just to get on the site, then I understand your problem, so I'll mail you....
Chazz

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« Reply #217 on: 12:06:10, 07/10/20 »
Hi Chazz
I've tried to send you a message and I was informed you can't receive personal messages, it could be that a box on your control panel has been ticked wrongly.

If not try to send a message, Chris/Admin can help you.

Celeste
All that's necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

charlieg

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #218 on: 20:04:09, 18/10/20 »
Just seen Chazz's photo. That's me in the middle of the bottom row. Well done in remembering all those names - can hardly remember my own some days.

Alan J

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #219 on: 20:37:19, 18/10/20 »
Hello Charlie g,


Welcome to the Site,
Chazz will be very pleased another of Curly Bill's Star Pupils have joined the merry band!  We are looking forward to posts from you both humorous and serious about your time at the School.  On a personal note one of my neighbours and friends was John Wooler: did you get to know him well?
Keep safe and well,
Alan J.

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Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Reply #220 on: 20:54:49, 18/10/20 »
Hi Alan
I have, largely, fond memories of the school though there was gratuitous violence from teachers and boys from time to time. The photo of the recorder society made me smile. I was one, like everyone else in Mr Hales form, dragooned to playing the recorder. I was hopeless but did get a trip to Blackpool. Whilst the competition went on in the Winter Gardens I and a couple of the other rubbish ones sat on the beach.
I live in Shropshire, so unlikely to get to any of the get-togethers.