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This is a school photograph, most likely from summer 1956 (but possibly 1955) of my class at Far Cotton County Primary School. I can recall only a few of my classmates' names.

1   Peter Clifton: A quiet, clever, humorous boy I was good friends with. His father was landlord of the Golden Horse pub in Southampton Road, on the other side of Towcester Road.

4   Me.

5   Richard (I think) Webb: Sociable, and a good athlete.

6   Freddy Church: An opinionated individualist, whom we conformists thought slightly crazy. I have no idea what became of Freddy in later life; but if he found his natural calling, he is now a radio talk-show host.

7   Martin Draper: Bright and dependable. He would have made an excellent army officer. In fact I think he went into the local police force.

8   John Watts: Smart and interesting, but a bit of an Eeyore.

9   Keith Brice.

11  Alan Mawby: For some reason, Alan incited all our worst boyish instincts. We persecuted him mercilessly, even following him home — he lived on the London Road — taunting him all the way. After all these years, I feel great shame at this — at not having had enough strength of character to resist following a multitude to do evil. Sorry, guy, really sorry.

12  Surname Preese or Price, first name William? A very bright & lively boy, but in a disorganized and random way. It was thanks to him that I read my first adult pop-science book: George Gamow's 1-2-3-Infinity, which he brought to school one day.

17  I'm pretty sure this was Trevor Longhurst, our neighbor across the back fence (i.e. he lived in Friars Close).

18  This lad's surname was Musgrave or Musgrove. A very decent kid with good moral instincts, though quiet and not much of an achiever in class.

19  Kenny Cadd, a near neighbor of ours from further down Friars Avenue. A live wire, funny and mischievous, a keen swimmer.

21  Kevin Poole, who lived in the prefabs on Gloucester Avenue.

23  Colin Something. It was from him that I heard my first dirty joke: the one about Freddy Fuccarada busy with a young lady behind the garden shed when his mother calls him in to dinner.

26  I think this is Sheila Campbell, a very pretty, bright, quiet girl who lived on Queen Eleanor Road. She was another keen swimmer.

28 and 30  These, in some order, are the Lawrence twins, Jennifer and Wendy, a/k/a "the terrible twins." Active, scatter-brained, and mischievous, they lightened up our school day, but were probably a headache — two headaches — for the teachers.

31  Valerie something — Richards? Pritchard?

33  I think this is Diane Chambers.