As I’m in back-to-school mode and recalling those long gone days of carefree youth, I thought now would be an opportune moment to share some photos from a significant event in my primary school days. Before my tenure at Willows, I spent my junior years attending Stacey Road Primary School, which was right at the opposite end of my street (handy that!)
Back in 1982, the school was celebrating its centenary, and us pupils were all involved in the celebrations. I was in my last but one year back then, what we now call Year 5, and was trusted with my parent’s Kodak Instamatic camera on several occasions such as school trips and special days. There was one big celebration day that I remember for the school’s 100-year-old birthday, and as it happens, I had my camera on that day and took some photos which I will share with you here.
There was a big day where we all dressed up in Victorian style clothes, and some dignitaries came to the school to look at us and the displays we’d made about the school’s history. The most famous visitor was James Callaghan MP, the ex-Labour Prime Minister whom I think was still practising as an MP back then. I think most of us didn’t really know who he was, although I remembered seeing him on the news lot as a smaller child. We were also joined by the Lord Mayor (possibly Philip Dunleavy) and other council bigwigs. Naturally, we all wanted to have our photos taken with these ‘famous’ people, and that’s what most of these photos are focused on.
I think I took roughly half of them, being the ones I am not in! Either my parents or fellow pupils took the others below. However, the first photo was taken by an official photographer on the day. I think everyone in that photo had a copy presented in the ubiquitous (for school photographs at least!) brown and gold card frame. I don’t really remember much about the day to be honest, other than it being a lot of fun.
Official centenary photo of our class, photographer unknown.
James Callaghan MP with Stacey Road School juniors.
James Callaghan and a number of us junior pupils in Mr Baxter’s room.
Our teacher Mr. Baxter in Victorian dress.
The Lord Mayor with us kids.
The Lord Mayor with one of our Dinner Ladies.
Junior pupils with the Lord Mayor (Philip Dunleavy?)
Mr Baxter with me and my brothers, and friends Darryl and Derren.
Myself outside the infants school entrance of Stacey Road School with James Callaghan
Another VIP with a goldie lookin’ chain leaves the school.