Wickham Goes POP! Sept 15, 2016 14:17:56 GMT 1
Post by Pete on Sept 15, 2016 14:17:56 GMT 1
My home town was Bromley, and I would cycle frantically each day the three or four miles to school using the Red Lodge Road route across Beckenham Golf Course. Usually late for school, I was given three strokes across the backside by Mr Powell or Mr Brent on more than one occasion for being late - often in front of the whole school who were queuing at attention in their year groups on the playground awaiting to go to registration. On standing up one had to say 'thank you' for the caning, and this tested one's ability not to 'lose it' to the limit, because it hurt like bloody hell!
Terry and I lost touch when I went on to Hawes Down aged 11 or 12, while Pete went on to Bromley technical School where I understand his dad was a teacher there.
Wickham Goes Pop I believe was organised by Rhett Davies' dad, Ray. Ray Davies played lead trumpet on a hit record called Legions Last patrol, the theme tune to a film of the same name. I left Hawes Down in 1963/64 for a job at Corkscrew Hill Garage to learn panelbeating - car body repairs in today's terminology - while Rhett I believe went on to produce records, including Bryan Ferry, (but don't quote me!).
All these healthy, boyhood pursuits came to an abrupt halt with the discovery of a new and exciting pass-time in 1964....girls!
Hi Chris, and thanks for the input!
I can relate to just about everything you mention, including Rhett Davies who was in my class at Hawes Down.
I could be wrong, but I don't recall his father being involved in the Wickham Goes Pop shows - at least, I don't recall his name, but as I said, I could be wrong. I also didn't know Rhett went on to be in the music business, so that's an interesting piece of information!
Had I remained in Wickham I imagine our paths would likely have crossed again as I stayed in the music business, but not in London - that is, apart from a short while in the 1980s.
I do recall my mother getting me an interview with Decca Records - I have no idea how or why, but sadly, time has now taken it's toll and it's well beyond my recollection.
Terry Nicholson was also in my class, but not until 1962 when I was transferred to Hayes School - unfortunately, I had a bit of a run-in with a teacher at Hawes Down and it was decided one of us 'had to go', to which I readily volunteered given the lure of the GIRLS(!) at Hayes. So, like you I decided to take-up this new and far more exciting pass-time and off I went, never to look back! :-)
Terry, from memory, went on to marry Wendy Nichols - oh how we all loved Wendy, but sadly it was Terry who won the day... . I have never seen or heard from either of them since, despite looking on all the usual websites (FriendsReunited etc).. it would be nice to know what became of them.
Re getting '6 Of The Best' from Mr Powell and having to say "Thank you"... I remember that well as I had such pleasure myself - how things have changed since then, these days it seems the kids are in charge.
Happy days...? I'm not so sure (thinking back)... they were in many ways and we were certainly the better for how we grew up.... probably, most of them were happy, I just didn't enjoy school at all.
Good to hear from you anyway Chris, if you can recall anything more about Wickham Goes Pop it would be nice... thanks. :-)