JOHN LYON SCHOOL 1968-1975
14th April, 2002
About two years ago, I forget how, I made contact with David Brew, who
was at John Lyon School with me. David was and is living in Brazil (homework
avoidance, was it David?). We corresponded by email and somehow I
created a page on my then web site, with a guest book, in the vague hope
of contacting other classmates. Until today, I had forgotten about it
and had never returned. David prompted a return visit and I was
astonished at what I had started. The intervening two years had seen
numerous 'old boys' finding my largely unpublicised site, and signing the
guest book. I am still embarrassed by the crude school badge I used, but, as Paul Chapman confirms, the page title was and still is very funny.
In coming weeks I will add to this, but for now visit the original page.
Below, I include today's entries, if I can be forgiven for signing my
own guest book, multiple times.
John Lyon - The Over Surtees Club
From Jerry Geelan's multiple split entries I guess there is a limit to
each one, so I will also add this page to my own site. I am amazed that
so many people have found my site. I will try and do justice to the many
other contributors, by adding more of my own memories. Does anyone
remember GVS throwing chalk at Peter Bartlett in 2A, and giving him
money for sweets by way of recompense? At about the same time does
anyone remember (sorry to bring this up Vic) Bill Warman launching an
inquest into how Victor Glynn's (quote) 'gym pump' ended up in the
urinals? I have a great memory of Bill at the Old Boys' Club, one night
when I was working behind the bar. He came in and ordered a White Shield
Worthington, which I proceeded to tip, sediment and all, unceremoniously
into a glass. His face was a picture I still recall to this day, and
Alice, my longtime girlfriend loves to hear that story.
I have often thought, over the years, that it was strange that none of
my class mates had made it into the public eye, fo better or worse. I
always imagined Patrick Butler becoming a politician, and I was sure
that John Lynch would be a great comedian. I remember something about
'Twit of the Year' at some school event at which he excelled, but my
memory is hazy. Several years ago I was interviewed by a recruitment
consultant, who probably started John Lyon at about the time we left,
1975. I've had no other contact since.
Between 1976 and 78 Clive Solomon and I worked on two books of pop chart
statistics, long before the arrival of the Guiness Books of Hits. Clive
had something to do with the band Pulp, I believe. I recall him planning
to be a millionaire by 30. It was good to see that Dave Boxhall had
found my site, I remember him from being a year above me in the CCF,
along with all the names he mentioned who 'signed up'.
Dave Sluter is a name that I don't recall being mentioned, and it just
came into my head, while writing this. I recall him and Nick Wilmshurst
collecting the fronts off Camel cigarette packets, and covering most of
a 8 foot by 4 foot sheet of hardboard with them in the Red House
prefects' room. I remember winning the cross country championship in my
last year, crossing the line with Neil Marshall breathing heavily very
close behind. I remember at one point in the race, Nick Williams running
along side me carrying his shoe which had got stuck in mud. I told him
to stop and put it back on. I remember Ted Pearson injuring himself in
the race in some way, and about 6 of us visited him in Northwick Park
A&E afterwards, taking him lager in the trophy I won. Peter Spracklen is
another name that has just come to mind.