"The photo above will be a
test of anyone's ingenuity at identifying individuals.
It's a view of morning
assembly, taken probably the morning after Speech Day, as the banks of
variegated geraniums from the biology green house are still in place. As
it was taken from the back of the balcony it shows only the backs of the
heads of the 1959 sixth formers.
The senior choir are in the
sideways facing seats at the front. Dr Roberts is standing on stage.
Probably Mr Madin and Mr Bell are behind the grand piano lids. That's
almost certainly Mrs Bell in a light top seated on the left by the war
memorial. Might be Mr Mansfield next to her. I can't remember the
name of the boy in the wheelchair beside them who had muscular dystrophy.
1st to 4th years sat on the
floor, I think 5th years had chairs at the back under the balcony, 6th
years sat in the balcony, except for form prefects who sat with their
It's probably the whole
effect rather than individuals that is important as morning assembly [love
it or hate it] was so much a part of our collective lives for at least 5