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King John School Days in the 1960s – Remembered by Glenn Newman
How very odd to read the names and see the faces of so many many young people from the 1960s.
It not only seems like a life-time ago, it seems like somebody else’s life!
I left KJS in 1968, so I knew all the lads in the physics class photos to a greater or lesser degree; Trev Dear I knew well as he lived just down the road from me. I also knew Richard Coleman & Paul Chidley out-of-school. I think Naresh was from India and was only at KJS for a term or two. However, he made a huge impression on us. He was funny, good at arm-wrestling and taught us several swear words in his native tongue!
Despite knowing most of the kids in your own year group, I guess we all had an inner circle of friends that we hung around with, outside of school. My group included Viv Mead, Lesley Ellwood, Angela Shortel, Trev Harwood, Mick Prewer, Ian Clements, Pete Kinnaird, Mark Stuart and a few more that drifted in and out like Steve Holmwood, Paul Chidley, Gary Faux & some I can’t remember.
Anyone remember Ian Gibbons? I knew him right through primary & secondary school, and met up with him a few times in the 70s & early 80s as we shared a mutual friend, the drummer Pete Thompson. Ian was a friend, but we were not close. He was a talented musician and went on to have a successful career and played with the Kinks for 10 years: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Gibbons_(musician)
Rather surprisingly, I only saw Ian play 3 times; the first time was in New Thundersley primary school, Rushbottom Lane, when he climbed onto the stage during morning assembly. You could hardly see him standing behind the accordion. I think he was 9yrs old, so circa1961. I also remember seeing him play guitar with the school group “The Cents” at that hall in Benfleet near the War Memorial. I guess that was 1966/7. And then in early 2019 we were lucky enough to see Ian play keyboards with the Kast Off Kinks. I say lucky because it was a great show, and because Ian died just a few months later. So as it turned out, it was our last chance to see him play.
Ian had fabulous hair and always seemed to have a smile on his face.
I would have been at New Thundersley primary from 1957 until 1963. My brother (who started there 5 years earlier) used to give 6d a week to the school fund so they could buy a swimming pool. But it wasn’t built until a few years after he had left. It was a simple blue plastic sided pool, where you had to climb up over the sides to get in. It was always bloody freezing. I don’t think I learnt to swim until I got to King John.