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Updated December 18, 2016 8:15 PM

Photo courtesy of Peter Birch

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Festival of Britain

Edith Cornwell. Brenda Parsisson. Peter Birch.
Joan Winterbottom.

In 1951, at the time of the Festival of Britain, Eric Ronald Chapman organised a three-day bazaar, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each day had it's open ceremony. For the Saturday opening he had the bright idea of children performing the opening ceremony and that they should represent the school through the ages. Joan Winterbottom and I drew the short straws as we had to represent the school during the Victorian and Edwardian periods and dress accordingly whilst Edith Cornwell and Brenda Parsisson were in modern dress. It was a bit of a disaster for, whilst the speeches had been well rehearsed under the strict guidance of Mr and Mrs Chapman, on the big day I forgot my words and the silence seemed endless as I fumbled to open the paper containing about all of ten lines. To embarrass us even further two lots of photographs did not develop, so a photo call was arranged at the Bolton Co-op Studio in Market Street. Fortunately we could change on site. The coat and collar I am wearing had been borrowed from Alan Elgin - his uniform as a choirboy at Chester Cathedral.
Peter Birch Class of 1952
At the same bazaar Mr Chapman launched the new school building fund. All people who signed up pledging money received an eraser in the shape of a brick that had the inscription "Be a brick buy a brick"
Peter Birch Class of 1952

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