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"During his six years working for St Helens Council Education Department, Paul was, among other things, our in-house "languages expert", doing the translating, interpreting and liaison with our twin towns in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France, Stuttgart, Germany and El Prat de Llobregat, Spain. His participation has enabled us to maintain strong links with all three towns, particularly in the field of education, where he set up and managed a very successful work experience programme for sixth formers"
Brian Mainwaring, Director of Education, St Helens Council, August 1995

I was skinny once! PDF
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:20
 

Proof that I was once slim arrived in my inbox today from an old school chum I’ve not seen since 1963!  It’s a photo of us both at primary school – knobbly knees and all - taken the year we went off to grammar school.  I’ve never seen the photo before! But it proves that I was skinny once – when I was 11!

Chris Capel and I both attended Forches Cross County Primary School in Barnstaple, Devon, where we passed the eleven plus before moving on to Barnstaple Boys Grammar School in September 1961.

I was only there for two years until my family moved down the county to Exeter, the capital city. After Hele's School I moved up north to university and stayed there for the next 40 years before emigrating to Spain.  So I haven’t seen Chris or most of my Barnstaple schoolmates for 47 years.  I visited a couple of them, Trevor Hill and Geoffrey McEvansoneya, on a trip through England a couple of years ago, but that’s been it.

Next month, however, that will be rectified, when I attend the BGS Class of 61 School Reunion in Barnstaple and nearby Saunton Sands.  Will they recognise me?  I doubt it; then I was skinny, now I'm not, but I’m looking forward to it immensely.

©  Paul Whitelock

 

Tags: Forches Cross County Primary School, Barnstaple, Barnstaple Boys Grammar School, Exeter, Hele's School, Trevor Hill and Geoffrey McEvansoneya, BGS Class of 61 School Reunion, Saunton Sands, www.a1-solutions-spain.com

 

Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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