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John's days at North Lancing School in the 50s

“Schooldays are the happiest days of your life” says the quote. I wonder how true this is?

I say this because I have recently had the pleasure of discussing with John Goodman part of his schooldays. John was a pupil at North Lancing County Primary School in the 1950’s.  School in those times was, well, different to today! This was a time of pens with real ink, bottles of milk with a straw at break time and tables and spelling test – sometimes every day!

left John's school report from the 1950's at North Lancing School


School uniform was grey shirts with tie and  knee socks. Teachers called you by your surname. Thinking about teachers, John recalls “Miss Horne, grey hair in a bun, very strict! Others names springing to mend are Mr Cox, Mr Steer, Mrs Samson, Mrs Thorpe, Mrs Bullent and Miss Bradley”   

 Games popular at break time included marbles and “jacks”. Interesting to note that at this time, only just a decade since the end of World War Two there was an air raid shelter in the school grounds.

left  John, a winner of a prize in the 1958 Lancing Carnival parade fancy dress competition is John with Elizabethan outfit





Left.   St Michael and All Angels Youth Club days.  Left to Right: Helen Turner, John, Michael Harvey, Susan Hayter and Ian Rowlings





John outside in home in The Street, North Lancing

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