The other day I received my old school magazine - Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School - and there was a tiny photo of 'Sporting Champions.'
It had a familiar look - I remember that gym tunic - so I reached for a magnifying glass and found my sister - long jumping champion. Slowly the names came back to identify the faces but not all. I'm still in touch with a chap in my sister's year - not on the photo, although he was brilliant at sports and together - over the phone we almost completed the naming. It must have been about 1942 so I was a mere upper thirder and most of these were lordly fifth and sixth formers.
On the second row, third boy from the left is - we - believe Ernest Tomlinson who was very big nationally in music. The boy right at the end of the second row was his brother, nicknamed Hawk Eye and fantastic at sport. The boy on his left, Peter Barcroft was a friend and tragically died whilst still a young man. The boy at the right end of the back row - even more tragically died in his teens.