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Brierley Hill adventurers having fun in the '50s

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

  • Grammar girls and boys in Rome, 1958

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SCHOOL trips abroad were very often the first taste of foreign travel for many of us, and as such they form some of our fondest memories.

Here, courtesy of Wall Heath historian Terry Church, are a handful of photographs from his old school, Brierley Hill Grammar, when a group of pupils made their way to the continent for a holiday never to be forgotten, while another lot journeyed into the English wilderness. Terry writes:

"Annual trips to Europe of about one week's duration were a feature of life at Brierley Hill Grammar School and I well remember being part of the school trip to Paris in 1957, a trip that has encouraged me to return to that wonderful city several times since.

"I have appealed in The Bugle previously for anyone who has a class photograph who was at the school between 1953 and 1958 to please contact me. My appeal was successful although I still need a few to complete the set. Anyone who has a photograph relating to that period can contact me at 6 Wharfedale Close or telephone 01384 292170."

The photographs reproduced here are from two different Grammar School jaunts. The seated group were snapped in April 1958 on a trip to Rome, and Terry has supplied the following names. Standing at the back are ?, and Victor Hickman. The girls, from left, are Linda Bate, Janet Davies, Irene Fones, Barbara Lawton and Janet Share.

The other two pictures were both taken during a spell in the English Lake District, and there are no names with these. So if you recognise yourself, a relative or a classmate, please get in touch with Terry or with the Bugle.

Do you have fond memories and photographs of school trips to exciting destinations? Share them with Bugle readers – bring them to Bugle House, send them via post or email them to gjones@blackcountrybugle.co.uk, or give us a call and we can arrange to come and collect them from you. All photographs will of course be returned.

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