Appleton early 1970s

Can you put names to any of the pupils in these photos?

Appleton kids (probably 1972)
Ian Lipscomb
Courtesy Mike Hobday archives
Courtesy Mike Hobday archives
Photo Mike Hobday

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  • I remember Mr. Reading climbing on tables, something about a statue in Rhodes. I remember Cliff Lunt, David Mead and Barbara Mitchell and a few others. Can never forget being part of the Benfleet bombers football team, in goal when Victor Hall and Mick Claxton was on the opposing team. Left in late 1972, aged 12 and 3/4 apparently.

    By Trevor Redburn (04/08/2021)
  • I was in Mr Steers class, he was scary and he used to throw the blackboard cleaner across the room at you!!
    Mr Reading used to put the waste paper bin on his head and jump over the desks in our history lessons lol

    By Joy Dean (Walker) 1969 to 1974 (29/07/2021)
  • I was at Appleton from 1970 to ’75, when I left and went to SEEVIC. I remember the teachers names mentioned above very well!! Scary Mr Steer, and bonkers Mr Reading who always seemed to be jumping on tables. I remember some boys locked him in the stationery cupboard.

    Then there was the French teacher Miss De’Ath, who married and became Mrs Brewster I think. I remember a PE teacher -the name has gone – who wore bright white tracksuits, and I’m not sure if it was the same one, but one of the PE teachers would put the rake in the long jump pit so you’d jump further…Happy days!! Mr Rouveray??? Maths.

    By Amanda Tregarthen née Mills (Mandy) (09/05/2021)
  • The picture of the girl “showing a leg” is of Linda Cray and Duncan. Happy memories

    By Linda Blackburn nee Cray (08/02/2021)
  • I remember the Lucazeks. They went to Holy Family with me I think and there was a sister called Laura, my age.

    I started at Appleton in ’69. Was in all the sports teams. Captained the girls hockey team.

    Mr Edmondson was my first form tutor. He would swear at us in swahili and throw the blackboard rubber at us. His wife taught us domestic science. I used to get so bored in her class as I did all the cooking at home owing to not having a mum.

    Mrs Neale was the needle work teacher.
    Mrs Crimes for music, I learnt so much from her.
    Mrs Mills for English, in her short skirts and matching shoes, earnings and lipstick. Loved her.
    Mr Steer for geography, and woe betide if you hadn’t done homework.
    Miss Cushing for drama.
    Mr Reading, for history, who one lesson climbed on the tables and walked across the pretending to be an elephant. Telljng us about how Hanibal crossed the Alps. Good lesson.
    If any one seeing this post has any photos from between 69/75 I’d love to see them…

    By Christine James (was Russell). (25/04/2020)
  • Mike Hobday took these photos in his last days at Appleton School 1972. The photo quality reflects the Woolworth’s camera he used. The results however are priceless!
    Some of the names remembered are: Lesley Dray, Michael? Barrett, Steve Jenkins, Steve Ives, Brian Hicks, Chris Lukasek, Julia Martin. The balding teacher is Mr Webster (typing Webster as opposed to the far more scary History Webster).

    By Ian Lipscomb (21/01/2020)

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