Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Brackenber in 1956

Here is the Class of 1956 at Brackenber House School. Malcolm Lennox has kindly sent me this photograph.

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Dr Kevin Vaughan, a fellow pupil at Brackenber from 1953-59, has sent me the following information:
I recognise all the teachers except the lady at the end. Next to Mr Craig is Miss Rankin, then Miss McKeown, then Miss Gilbert. I think Miss Rankin's first name was Zena, not Zoe!
To the other side of Mr Craig is Norman Henry (I am two rows directly behind him, rather skinny!), then Ronnie Hunter, then Mr T P Sheehan, then Dennis Fergusson, then Mr Walmsley (spelling?) then Mr Williams who was an old boy who came to teach temporarily.
On the front row at one end is A W P Coutts, and at the other Smith, Anthony Malcomson, J A M Grant. I also recognise several of my contemporaries. After my parents moved to England, I spent my last year at Brackenber as a weekly boarder and spent the weekends with friends.
There was a small two bed dormitory where boys would occasionally stay. John Craig and Ronnie Hunter were the two masters who also lived on the premises and I got to know them both quite well.
One of my amusing memores of the school routine is that when they had finished eating lunch but before the boys where allowed to leave their seats, John Craig and Norman Henry would always get up, walk to one end of the dining hall and smoke a cigarette - it was always Mr Henry who offered Mr Craig a cigarette, never the other way round!
First published in January, 2010.

1 comment :

David Cole said...

Bloody hell!! I'm in that photo (second row from top third from the right)!! Strewth I can remember some of the faces like Smith, Goldstone, Paul Martin, Tony Lemon, McVicker, Robert Webb, Stanley Cairns, Robert Curran, Uprichard, Michael Whitlock, Mounsey?. Dont see Paul Bew (Lord Bew) nor do I recognise Malcolm Lennox. Any one in that photo I would love to hear from you. My email id dojc@hotmail.com