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Strange how your memory works, I have just remembered the coke braziers that appeared in the toilets in winter and the choking acrid vapours produced when you weed on them.

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Hi. Im a 1961 to 1968 er. As I’ve said before, Mellish didn’t do me much good. I never felt safe there. I was always looking over my shoulder. But I was quick on my toes, so I never did actually get hit! I don’t think that any of the masters helped to prevent bullying. Not even the ‘nice’ ones, like Spud and Danny Mac. In fact, in some ways, they were probably worse!

 

The reason that I didn’t leave aged 16 was because, by that age, I had completely lost confidence to do anything much at all. But things got much better later in life. All’s well that ends well!

 

Although my submission name is Stan The Jockey, you can find out who I really am by looking on Amazon Books. My comedy cricket book is entitled ‘The Season That Was’. I’m 70 soon.

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Just had a good look at the new website which is really informative. It includes the panoramic photos of staff and pupils over the years and it made me think - what sort of structural arrangement was constructed to enable the photos to be taken? As a retired civil engineer I am intrigued. Can anyone remember?

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I certainly remember the structure. I started on the ground level in 1a and worked my way up to the top in the sixth-form. I don't recollect seeing the raw construction but I would imagine it was done from scaffolding and planks. I think it was taken at two yearly intervals. My old friend and contemporary, Prof. Malcolm Peaker FRS is the instigator of the site.

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I thought it had to be something like a temporary stand at a sports event taking a lot of weight from virtually the whole school except those on the ground!! I saw the photo of the Biology Library crew and do remember Malcolm and yourself although I was probably a couple of years younger (1957-64). Malcolm is doing a great job. The information on the staff over the years is very comprehensive.

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Malc never gives up on his research. He does have a website on zoology and another on photography. At one time, for a short period, he was the director of London Zoo. He lives in Ayrshire where, until retirement, he ran a research institute. To be a Fellow of the Royal Society is quite an an achievement. I'll call him and see if he remembers how the panoramic 'photos were set up.

 

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Malc was wondering about this as well. He thinks it was made of wood and that Panora took it with them from school to school. There was certainly nothing like it stored at the school. Like the true researcher that he is he’s checking with other contacts for further information.

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FWIW, I remember all the staging being put up for the Mundella panoramic. It wasn't done by people or with materials from the school. I've no idea which photo company was used. Mundella had them done every five years.

 

Rickety thing too, I was stood up near the back row, no H&S then.

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When the Carlton-Le-Willows panoramic photo was being taken I only remember the long wooden benches from the Gym being used but there must have been chairs used too, or benches on top of benches.  Just looked at one on the school FB site.  The front row are sitting on the floor, next row kneeling, next row sitting on chairs, next standing behind, next are all a bit taller pupils, then I think the gym benches were used.   

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If you log into myoldschoolphoto.co.uk you can see the list of schools that Panora photographed. Mundella is one of them. Carlton le Willows is there too.

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Yes, the Mundella 1969 shows seven rows, about a hundred persons on each row. Looks like the staging was for the top three rows.

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