Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe - 1970 Classical Sixth

Back Row: RPJ (Richard) Staynor, JWR (Jon) Walne, ML (Mike) Hamblin, JM (James) Stonham, PMJ (Pete) Costello, RS Lloyd
Middle row: MC (Malcolm) Parfitt, RB (Richard) Simons, DJ Sheridan, AH (Andy) Le Vien, G Campbell, AD (Andy) Whittle, I (Ian) Johnson
Front Row: JC (John) Saunders, Mr H R (Harry) Holt, Mr F N (Neil, "Fenners") Cooper, Mr M P (Malcolm) Smith (headmaster), Mr C M (Kit) Haworth, Mr I R (Ian) Clark, Mr P A (Pat) Taylor, SE (Simon) Jones.

I was delighted to discover the existence of this photograph at the 2011 Old Boys' Dinner. Previously I had read of the tradition whereby a photo was taken of the Classical Sixth Form every ten years, and had seen the famous 1961 photo which included the school's one and only girl pupil Helena Ellis (see page 79 of the book by John Mitchell). At the dinner, two old friends David Stevenson and John Tiller surprised me when they told me they had seen me in a photo on the wall of the corridor leading into the Queen's Hall. I was completely oblivious as to its existence, thinking I must have missed out on the tradition. After the dinner I wrote to Isabella Eastham and asked her to get me a copy for the website and I am extremely grateful to her for going to the considerable trouble of getting a scan made of it. Also, to David and John for being eagle-eyed enough to spot it on the wall. I am also very proud that my visage still hangs on the wall at the school to this day!

The photo must have been taken during the Autumn Term of 1970 as I (and several of the other senior boys) left at Christmas.

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