This is the middle section of a panoramic photograph of the pupils and teachers of Colchester Royal Grammar School in 1962. (If you click on it you will see it in greater detail and you can use the + facility).
About three-quarters toward your right, I am the round-headed boy immediately behind and between two teachers, one thin with glasses and the other quite plump – Mr Richards (Eric) and Mr Isherwood (Thunderguts).
I have scoured the whole photo for Michel Parry (editor and writer of fiction) who was a contemporary of mine at the school, but have failed to find him.*
Today, upon exploring this photo for the first time after many years of having forgotten about it, I found myself wondering what has happened to these people. Do they all look as old as me? Do they have a whole lifetime to tell about? Just some random names I remember of people shown in this photo: Dave Headley, Chris Pegg, Philip Dick, Hoss Newton, Barry Langston, Leslie Francis, Yan Ledu, Martin Wilcox, Mike Werb, Trevor Brooks, Norman Ridgeway, ‘Reb’ Pearson, Martin King, John Watts (a friend from Junior school), Laurie South (with whom I later went to University and shared a student flat), David Welham (still a close friend)…but most of the time during which we were at CRGS we only knew each other only by the surnames… (Speakman, Sparrow, Healey, Larne, Tomkins, Lomas, Rolls, Siggers…) Me? I was Noddy Lewis.
And some of the teachers: Baron Casey, Jack Elam, Leggie Lamb, Wearie Wallace, Packo, Uncle Bob, Algy Batt, Ted Cunningham, Basher Bond, Hairy Daniels, Auntie Arthurson , George Young … Fancourt, Isaacs, Hargreaves, Crittenden, Wilkinson, Utting, Donson, Curry et al (where appropriate, RIP).
The other two sections of the photo:
(Edit 20.12.12) *please see third comment below.