Brian Penfold has kindly sent us a class photo taken at Benfleet School in 1952-3 and has added some of his memories from when he was at the school. Brian is in the photo and told us “I’m the only one not looking forward”.
I was born in May 1947 so the picture was taken in 1952-3.
Michael Walsh is is in the top row second from the left.
The Head Master was F.G.Woods I believe and the school was closed to house the refugees from the floods, I believe Mr Woods was honoured for his part; I remember standing at the gates of the school to watch one of the royals visit.
My parents took in an old man from Canvey and were given army blankets.
My Father went to the school to help and gave his new overcoat away to someone just in pyjamas.