This was the staff at Glyn Derw in Cardiff 1978/9 – Head Teacher Lionel Fanthorpe, Deputy Dai Jones.
Lionel had replaced Harold Ayre who’d died in his office not long after I started teaching. He was a kind man and RAF war veteran who’d photographed for reconnaissance and spoke fluent French and German. I remember him fondly. In fact I stayed with his wife and him the night before my interview for the job and to be truthful that was the interview more of less – over a whiskey as I recall – not bad as interviews go!
So many faces – Gina Gay there bottom right, Lillian beside me and then Margaret Hughes – married now I suppose… Falmai 3rd row left, Pat Cadwallader, Duncan MacGillvray – where are they now? Retired for sure many, and some passed on to that great staffroom in the sky I shouldn’t wonder.
On the way home that afternoon I said ‘Hello’ to a lady I thought I knew.
‘Hello’ she said and smiled.
I racked my brain. Was she a colleague? How did I know her?
It was Judy Dench!
Thank you, Dame Judy for saying hello 🙂
They were very good though!
Of which more anon…