Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) reports on the recent Bromley Pageant...
With further reference to a vintage
image on the website, I was recently at the June Bromley Pageant and gathered
the following images of vintage cars that
date back to the Fifties and Sixties. Click on any image to view a
The Bromley Pageant of Motoring is held each year at Norman Park. Anyone that has a pre-79 car is allowed, with an admission ticket, to bring their car to the site and park free. There is always a great collection of cars, lorries, buses and military vehicles on show, and a range of new cars for sale/viewing, etc. [December 2005 Pageant]
Again, any help in identifying these fascinating vehicles would be welcomed.
Mike Etheridge, July 2006 Email
(JRGS 1959-66) adds:
A fascinating account and lots of wonderful photographs! Thanks Mike.
Roger Adcock (JRGS 1963-68) discovers that The Windmill has been spruced up...
Mike Etheridge (JRGS 1963-65) analyzes the fate of Croydon secondary schools...
Further to Anne Smith's recent discussion of various Croydon secondary schools, I have looked at the list published in the How's That? - Croydon Schools Cricket Association magazine for 1960 to report on various changes to the secondary school buildings, and those that have been demolished or sold off. The list includes schools built after 1960 that I have some knowledge of, and is as follows:
With reference to Purley Girls Grammar
School, the extension building was somewhat unsatisfactory because
high-alumina cement/concrete was used in its construction. At about the
same time as the school building works were completed, a London swimming
pool roof of high-alumina structure collapsed. The high-alumina
materials were deemed to be at fault, so the new school building was
shored up with Acro bars and deflection meters inserted to check for any
movements. I do not know the outcome of the deflection checks, but I do
remember how depressed the responsible architect was at the time. I am
not sure whether the structural problems led to the school's demise.
Heavers Primary School
Mike Etheridge, July 2006; email.
David Anderson (JRGS 1964-71) discovers a book about life in the Sixties...
my constant search for interesting memorabilia of Croydon and the 1960s
I recently came upon a book that I think JRGS Alumni would find
fascinating. It is called Surrey in the Sixties - Memories of a
And I also stumbled on a Sixties nostalgia website - www.sixtiescity.com - one of the best I think - a real nostalgia fest! Some parts of this made my hair stand on end, particularly the Baby Boomer memories. Other JRGS alumni might be interested.
David Anderson, Hampshire, June 2006 Email
ML adds: Searching the
internet, I found that Surrey in the Sixties
is available through The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
website. Listed price for the 144-page publication is £12.95; the
blurb reads: "Memories of a swinging decade. Relive the days of bouffant
hairstyles, winkle pickers, and bubble cars and see the developments and
changes that were taking place across the country."
Mike Marsh (JRGS 1949-55) adds: Amazon.co.uk lists the book for £10.
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