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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.

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