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Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-66) recalls a favourite Sixties TV show ...
A couple of days ago I caught
on YouTube several songs from that seminal Sixties TV show, Ready,
Steady, Go! and then discovered these vintage images of The Beatles,
reportedly taken during their second appearance on the show on Friday,
20th of March, 1964. RSG! began in August 1963 - the month before
I entered the JRGS sixth form - and lasted until December 1966; it was
produced by Associated-Rediffusion - later just Rediffusion – the
company that ran the ITV franchise for London.
This last image seen lower-right is a composite of the various artists, including Gene Pitney and The Rolling Stones, who appeared on the show, which was essential Friday night viewing during my years at JRGS.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, CA, USA; September 2018 Email
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-1971)
adds: RSG! was a great show; one of the shining lights
of the Sixties - live TV pop music for young people. Was it a first?
Very little in the way of technology but masses of raw talent. It seem
sometimes that today we have the opposite. See your favourites on
RSG!, then next day go to the record shop, buy a "45" disc for about
6/- (six shillings), take it home and play it to death.
Doug Ford (JRGS 1966-1972) adds: Early on in my career I was a cameraman at Thames Television in the Euston Road. Most of the staff there were former Rediffusion employees (at the studios in Kingsway) and had many stories to tell about the Ready Steady Go! days.
Mike Beaumont (JRGS 1955-1960) adds: The Beatles show aired on 20 March 1964, eh? My 20th birthday!
ML adds: Many years ago I rented three US-format laserdiscs and illegally dubbed them to VHS tape. In 2011 I copied the RSG! shows to DVD for long-time storage – and ease of playback. The two compilation volumes and a Motown Special looked like this, with a track rundown. Email if anyone would like a Region 1 DVD copy.
Dave Clark – yes, that Dave Clark – purchased the rights back in the Sixties and has exclusive use of the shows. So it goes.
(JRGS 1959-1966) adds: Thanks for the mention of the Keith
Moon radio programme
[in an email alert to JRGS Alumni].
We were fortunate to live in those times!
ML adds: I did manage to locate several RSG! sequences on YouTube, including that Otis Redding show:
opening theme by Manfred Mann + assorted Sixties stills.
Michael Penn (JRGS 1945-50) recalls school life at Tamworth Road and after...
Being in my 85th year, and having survived cancer on two occasions, I
recently found myself looking back over my life and decided to commit to
paper some of the more important events I had experienced. My motive was
mainly for the benefit of any of my two children and six grandchildren
who might at some future time be interested enough to research their
I am also delighted to be able to fill the gap for 1951 in the
Day Section, the seven-page programme for which is now available on that page.
Life After JRGS
Apart from National Service with the RAF from February 1952
1954, I spent my career with the bank
uninterrupted until I took early
retirement in 1984, by which time I had served nine years as manager of a
medium-sized branch located in Victoria, London.
Subsequently I worked for two years as a part-time finance manage with
an insurance broker followed by another two years as practice manager of
a doctors' surgery. At that stage my wife and I had the opportunity to move in 1988 from
Tonbridge to Christchurch, Dorset, where we still live, both now retired.
During the early years here I spent a couple of years as a volunteer
with the Citizens' Advice Bureau, and also helped out a friend who owned a local golf
Michael Penn, Christchurch, Dorset; June 2018 Email
Dave Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) recalls a fascinating reunion in Somerset...
I thought that the Alumni might be interested
in an event that took place recently.
Dennis moved to Dawlish in Devon
shortly afterwards, and then went "off the radar" completely. The rest
of us remained intermittently in touch, despite being scattered across
England and Keith moving to New Zealand about 10 years ago.
So, to continue, another school friend, Peter Ward, who lives in Devon and gets Classic Bike on subscription, was very surprised to open his copy and see the photo I had sent in. He was not there when it was taken, although he was part of our group of friends interested in motorbikes. On reading my text, he was prompted to look for the missing Dennis and looked in Facebook around the Devon area. Quite amazingly, there was an entry from a Dennis O'Neill but with no photo of him - just his dog! - but it mentioned "JRGS". It could only be THE missing friend. So, after something like 48 years, we were all back in contact and were keen to meet up and compare our lives!
From left: Andrew Brown,
Keith Chaplin, Dennis O'Neill, David Anderson,
From left: Andrew Brown, Dave Calderwood, Keith Chaplin, John Hutchins,
We looked back on our lives and recalled what we had been up to -
in 1969 it was all in front of us; in 2018 a lot of it was behind us but
there's still a lot to look forward to! From our grammar school
education we all had quite different working lives, for example
journalist, HGV maintenance, swimming pool management and later
supplies, nuclear power station worker, laboratory technician,
broadcasting technician, and two in computer work - this, of course, did
not exist (to any degree) when we left school! We plan another meeting
in New Zealand in 2020. In the meantime, if anyone recognises us and
wants to get in contact through The Mill, please do. One friend
that is still missing is Michael "Mike" Coppen of Claygate
Crescent, New Addington, who cannot be traced, Mike: if you are out
there, please come forward! We all wonder what you got up to!
David Anderson, Southampton, Hampshire; June 2018 Email
have just discovered that Peter J. B. Wilson (JRGS 1956-63) - pictured right at the 2009 JRGS Reunion - passed
16th October, 2015, aged 72. Born in the Midlands on 25th July, 1943,
Peter lived for much of his later life in Guernsey. According to the
English Chess Federation
website, he was an International Arbiter,
Organiser and Candidate Master; he also served as chairman of the FIDE
Computer Chess Committee and the Commonwealth Chess Association from
1998-2002, representing Guernsey six times in the Olympiad. After he
switched allegiance back to England, while continuing to reside in
Guernsey, Peter became ECF Director of Marketing for some years. He also
received the President’s Award for Services to Chess in 2014.
Mel Lambert, Burbank, USA, April 2018 Email
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: Sad news indeed, but maybe not unexpected. Peter had been unwell for many years. The image shown left is one I snipped from the 1960 school photo. Also note that Peter and Graham Beales ran the JRGS Chess Club for many years and encouraged generations of youngsters in a love of the game. Peter tirelessly organized trips to chess tournaments outside the school, ran lunchtime and after-school sessions, arranged for well-known chess players like England International R. G. (Bob) Wade to take part in simultaneous displays at the school, and promoted high standards by annotating the game records of younger players – it was practice even at school to record complete games with your moves and your opponent’s. I’m sure Peter’s exam results suffered as a result!
ML adds: According to the March 1963 Speech Day Program, Peter secured two A-Levels in Pure and Applied mathematics. He also earned seven O-Levels in 1959, and taught me to play chess in my first year at JRGS.
Chris Harman (JRGS 1963-69) recalls his school-day musical connections...
I came across The Mill website only
recently by chance when searching John Ruskin for other reasons. I found
it very interesting and reminiscent. I was at Ruskin from 1963 to 1969:
1N, 3U, 4U, 5U, Lower 6 ScA, Upper 6 ScA. Much to Mr. "Joe" Lowe’s
disgust, after going through the U forms I left school at 17 with just
one grade E at A-Level, didn’t go to university but did pretty well in
financial services and retired at age 58.
Chris Harman, Purley, Surrey March 2018 Email
Mel Lambert (JRGS 1959-65) adds: I recall being in several classes with Graham Harman (JRGS 1959-66), Chris' elder brother. We shared multiple lessons in 1M with Mr. Kenneth Maggs, 2C with Mr. Anthony Crowe, 3M with Mr. Alan Murray and 5U with Mr. David Rees. Our scholastic paths then diverged, because I went into Lower Sixth Science Beta with Mr. Dennis Green to study Chemistry, Zoology and Physics at A-Level, while Graham went into Lower Sixth Science A to study Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Physics; we did share lab time, I recall, during the latter practical sessions. Having secured a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College, London University in 1969, Graham is reported to have worked in the finance industry for several years. Sadly, his exact whereabouts are currently unknown to your webmaster.
Cliff Preddy (JRGS 1963-65) adds:
Although I am not currently in touch with Graham Harman, our form master
in Lower VI Science A was Mr. Kenneth Cripps; I'm fairly sure
that in Upper VI Science our form master was Mr. Leonard Chaundy.
Mr. Cripps also took us for Applied Maths in both years, while Mr.
Chaundy took us for Physics in both years.
As I remember, Graham did very well in exams and was exceptionally
conscientious. He was a nice chap, but seemed quite shy
Paul Graham (JRGS 1959-66) adds: It’s good to hear that Mr. Martin Nunn and Mr. Ian Butterworth are still going strong. I remember Chris’s brother, Graham, reasonably well, but not socially outside school. Except for the first year, we were in the same forms. In school we had a friendly rivalry to be as close to each other as possible near the top of the maths exams results. Graham went on to study Maths at Imperial College, London University, whilst I went to Durham University. I don’t remember Graham as having any particular friends, but remember him looking out for his younger brother Chris when he started at JR in 1963. It was never easy for “brats” in those days!
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