OUR thanks to author and local historian Terry Price for these two photographs, separated by a few years we reckon, of pupils at Hamstead Infants and Junior School, Great Barr.
There are no details with the pictures other than the school name, but we would guess that the outdoors picture, showing Class 4, was taken in the late 1950s or early '60s, judging by the hairstyles and clothes. There are one or two striped tank tops, and a couple of the boys are wearing blazers, with two even in a tie – something that would be rarely seen in subsequent years, until junior and infant schools gradually began to insist on a uniform.
Were you at Hamstead Infants and Juniors in this year, and do you recognise anyone in the picture? Surely the lad with his arms folded in the centre of the middle row is a character you wouldn't forget in a hurry!
The second picture, of Form 5, seems to be a bit more recent, perhaps from the late 1960s, and while there are no names for this one either, we're pretty sure the two teachers are the same ones, and in the same positions as in the earlier picture.
Hamstead Junior School is still in existence today, on the main Hamstead Road in Great Barr
Were you in either of these Hamstead classes? Can you give us any names? Write in, pay us a visit at Bugle House in Cradley Heath High Street, give us a call on 01384 567678, or send an email gjones@blackcountry bugle.co.uk.