Atlantean Hoard


Subject:


Posted by IT
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 11:58:26

Our sledge, British Cellophane model, was also a juggernaut. Hard to get moving, but lethal once it built up momentum. One of the most foolish things I did in my youth was to form the bottom layer in a sledge sandwich which Geoff Cooper, Bob Ferguson and John Wilson (who was no Posh Spice) lying on top. We pushed off from the top of the amphitheatre, hit the path at the half way mark at speed, became airborn and landed with a sickening crunch. I was only winded and bruised, but it felt like I'd broken several ribs.

Subject: Sledge Hamer


Posted by Derek Walmsley
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 09:49:34

I think he's still living in Lindal.

Subject: sledge


Posted by ian
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 06:53:18

Talking of sledges, whatever became of Hamer?

Subject: Sledges


Posted by Q
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 18:45:35

I was also lucky enough to own a British Cellophane Sledge. I think it must have been of the Mark 1 variety as it generally took 6 kids to pull it along the street, and when tested at the Amphitheatre stayed stuck to the side of the hill. Did anyone also have a BCL designed go-cart (pusher)? No rope assisted steering for me but a metal steering column, as well as a hand operated brake instead of the usual back of the heels operated job.

Subject: Xmas crap


Posted by BioBiz
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 17:33:16

Sometimes the crap they get for Christmas keeps the kids happy. Although my eight year old received all manner of cool toys his favourite, and the one he still uses, is the fake turd acquired from the local toyshop for the grand sum of 75p. Next year I am going to get him a bucket load of trick-oriented stocking fillers - loads of presents to unwrap and healthier for the bank balance. On the issue of sledges. My dad was an engineer in the Royal Navy which meant that me and my brother had battelship grey sledge made out of ex-battleships. It weighed a ton but could really move down the amphitheatre by Furness Abbey.

Subject:


Posted by IT
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 16:57:07

This makes me wonder if our family sledge was a British Cellophane model. It probably was, since my Dad worked there as a night engineering foreman.

Subject: sledges


Posted by ciaran
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 14:07:05

Vickers didn't have the exclusive copyright on Christmas Sledges, I seem to recall there was an excellent design at British Cellophane (sadly now another candle factory) together with a high spec Table Football game and Radio Controlled Boats. Is it just me or are kids ridiculously spoilt at Christmas these days? My son got all sorts of crap but has basically settled on his favourite Thunderbird 2 toy from KFC!!

Subject: A vintage year


Posted by Derek
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 22:09:21

Regarding the 1972 intake. Moonhead regarded us as the most ill disiplined intake the school had seen. Stiff was broken at the end of our time there and all classes that followed were spared the flying blackboard rubber and excersise books. I was wondering if this achievement was unique or do other years have similar claims to fame?

Subject:


Posted by
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 21:59:48



Subject: Paint


Posted by ciaran
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 08:07:55

I think you'll find most of the Houses are painted "Crane Yellow" these days!!

Subject: Neil Greer


Posted by Lionel Blair
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 14:37:26

Didn't know the "yard" had jobs for knitting pattern designers!

Subject:


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 14:18:03

After working in the yard one summer, Neil Greer was paid in kind for some racehorse drawings he did. They made him a BBQ grill using only the finest materials. It was cunningly designed so that it came apart in sections and could be stuck down the legs of his overalls for passage through the gate security.

Subject: Rampant commercialization!


Posted by PFW
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 13:00:21

I would have thought it would be difficult to get work in a town so full of competent "engineering" types! All that expertise... all that is needed is a little imagination .. I hear the Columbian Smack-Lords are crying out for some specialized submarines.... though if you go over budget or fall behind schedule.. well it could be curtains.. so I guess that lets BAe out.

Subject: Vickers Blah Blah


Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 12:52:11

As another Barrovian not employed by BAE Systems, I am still in some ways reliant on the fortunes of the town's biggest employer to keep me in work at least some of the time. The more people employed there, hopefully the more wanting bathrooms, heating etc. NO JOB TOO SMALL! 813556! Leave a message! Free estimates! Sorry Rob! End of shameless plug. The quality of foreigner work carried out in the yard still surpasses any MOD spec, and the ingenuity of some jobs that I've seen is staggering. If that innovation could be tapped, things could be quite different.

Subject:


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 11:10:36

Are the backyard gates on Walney still painted battleship grey? Do kids in Barrow still get tubular steel sledges that would would meet MoD specifications?

Subject: BAE Systems aka "the big 'V'


Posted by Troll
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 10:39:55

Many cynical years have passed since myself and 12000 others used to turn up at the above place on a daily basis and receive recompense for our cycle ride or bus trip there and back. Work was not a word that springs to mind,although I do remember once picking up a screwdriver that fell off my bench when I rolled over during my nightshift slumbers.

Subject: BAE SYSTEMS


Posted by Jeremy Spiffing
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 00:01:17

I say! I still live in Barrow and don't work for the said blighters - I prefer to remain anonymous for fear of being mowed down by 2000 hit men on bicycles! Haw haw!!

Subject: The Missing Ablitt


Posted by Ciaran
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 14:07:19

Just noticed a Peter Ablitt on the BAE Email System. Does anyone know if it is the Mythical Ablitt's brother? Perhaps we could ask him where the hell he is

Subject: W ABBLITT


Posted by GEOFF ISAACS
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 13:25:37

HE WAS INTRODUCED AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BREWERY AT THE FURNESS GOLF CLUB PRIZE GIVING DINNER IN DECEMBER 2000.

Subject: barrow's image


Posted by william cobbett
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 13:07:53

For many years, until I got too entrenched in my current job to make moving feasible, I'd have gladly moved back to Barrow if there'd been any jobs going in my field. I know that a lot of us couldn't wait to leave the place after school, but it really does have the lot - nice countryside on the doorstep, less frenetic way of life, good, reasonably cheap housing, reasonable schools, etc, etc. And the shops have generally improved over the past decade. It now even has a cinema where the sound system doesn't sound like a sock wrapped round a biscuit tin. But to judge from the local rag, it's a cross between 1930s Jarrow and the Bronx - unremitting misery. Barrow just never seems to be able to recognise that lots of places have problems just as bad - they're part of modern urban life (it doesn't mean they're acceptable, but Barrow isn't especially cursed). Incidentally, has anyone else noticed that when the paper does celebrate achievements, they seem perenially fixed on the small (endless large photos of some army cadet who's passed basic training and the like)? There's a tale which I hope is apocryphal about the Evening News printing a great big spread about the sea scouts' annaul jamboree and then in one corner printing the tiny announcement - 'Old Barrovian wins Nobel Prize'.

Subject: Barrow's fortunes


Posted by IT
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 10:28:38

Barrow has been comparatively fortunate. Consider other one industry towns like Consett or Millom. Also think about bigger places like Sheffield, Glasgow, Tyneside and Liverpool which have lost most of the heavy industries they were built on. Barrow has suffered too, but it still has its shipyard. Here is a question: would Barrow be better off if it lost its shipyards? Then it could throw itself wholeheartedly into this 'Where the Lakes Meet the Sea' stuff. It is actually a wonderful example of a Victorian planned town and could play the heritage card for all its worth. The difficulty at the moment is that it is trying to balance two games - heavy industry (with diversification into new industries) on the one hand, and hetitage and tourism on the other. But much as I like shipyard cranes, its hard to see how the later strategy can work when you have something as ugly as Devonshire Hall dominating the town. Just being provocative!

Subject: Apathy etc


Posted by Neil
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 00:14:06

As I was saying , before my link disappeared and posted a partial message 4 times! Everyone knows that the town suffers from extreme geographical isolation and a peculiar cynicism within its population. In my post Barrow life the most common view that outsiders have expressed to me is that it is a one -horse place full of flat-hatted northerners. Attracting outside investment for job-producing industries is always going to be difficult, if not impossible. The "touristy" attempts to raise the area's profile (eg Dock Museum, S Lakes Wildlife Parek etc) can only help by actually allowing people to see what a potentially wonderful quality of life could be possible - most of this country is over -populated, stressed out and needing a bit of Furness soul. The "Vickers" legacy remains in the town's image, physical focus and, still, its major employer. It is apparent on my every visit that past glories are dwelled upon, and it is in this respect that "The Yard" still dominates. Personally, and possibly perversely to those ex BBGS people who have remained in the area, I would love to return - trouble is there is such a lack of variety in job opportunities due to the poor diversity of the local economy. As regards "fun" I cannot think of a better place to indulge in sheer hedonism. Cornwallis Street, the Lake District, the sea, the Football and Rugby clubs! Yes I know what you mean about the wonderful buildings - whichever councillors had the whip hand in passing the Tesco disaster ought to be pilloried in the wide open spaces outside the Town Hall. And yet, Barrow has a Homebase and a B&Q, my current home, Worcester, only has the former and, even worse - NO ASDA Stop complaining!

Subject:


Posted by
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:04:45



Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:38

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:37

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:36

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:35

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject: Vickers


Posted by Derek
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 21:17:34

Barrow is dominated by apathy and lack of identity, not by Vickers in whatever guise. You really should come and see how much of the town has been demolished and replaced with wonderful modern buildings that offer all sorts of new oppurtunities and part time jobs. Why we are about to get a Morrisons supermarket on the dockside and we are informed by our betters that this will prove an attraction to cruise ships!!!! Wha we need in Barrow is a council composed of ex BBGS pupils. Not to make it a better place but to make it more FUN.

Subject: "Vickers"


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 23:27:26

Clearly a bitter point for ex and current "Vickers" people, reinforcing the point of my original message that the town is still dominated (blighted?) by the firm.

Subject: BAE SYSTEMS


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 22:07:49

Have you not heard the Berlin Wall came down a few years ago and as a result we all got a peace dividend. In Barrow this transcribed into mass redundancies at Vsel, which then became GEC Marine and is now BAE Systems.The national press and our esteemed Government virtually ignored the haemorrhage of jobs.

Subject:


Posted by EX-VSEL
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 22:03:46



Subject: BAE Systems


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 16:45:34

Is there anyone still living in Barrow who doesn't work for BAE Systems?

Subject: E-mail address


Posted by RJMilling
Friday, January 12, 2001 at 20:29:03

robmilling@hotmail.com robin.milling@baesystems.com

Subject: W H E Ablitt


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 11:42:35

At long last, a recent sighting! One did wonder if the species was in fact extinct. The interest was justified after all. But he's obviously not on the net, or shy. Shame.

Subject: W Ablitt the elusive one


Posted by Derek Fisher
Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 19:04:36

My good friend Steve Cook informed me this morning that WHE Ablitt was seen at the Customs House on Hindpool road on the occasion of Stollers Christmas party 2000, being introduced to a man in a suit who was obviously a manager of the Customs House.

Subject: Bill Ablitt


Posted by Alan T
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 20:07:44

I last saw him delivering a firkin of ale to a house at High Carley, near Ulverston. That would have been around ten years ago. Forrest Gump? More like Mr. Polly.......

Subject: Ablitt


Posted by PFW
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 16:56:23

Is this guy some kind of Forrest Gump? He once emerged from kitchen of a Coventry eating house when someone told him a Barrovian was eating there.
He saw it was me and returned to his kitchen... later I decided to give the horseradish sauce a miss.
Have any of our other readers seen this mystery man?

Subject: William Herbert Edward Ablitt Esq


Posted by Ern
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 16:13:19

'Billy' Ablitt was a great chum of my younger brother. I recall arriving home late one night to a party at the parental mansion(much to my surprise)thrown by said brother. Mr. Ablitt took umbrage with me when I tried to gain access to my own bedroom in which (apparently) my brother was engaged in the carnal exploration of a young lady. Rather peeved at his attitude, I picked Mr. Ablitt up and threw him off the top of the stairs (Ah! the joys of chemically enhanced strength!!). He must have been very p**sed 'cos he didn't sustain any injury whatsoever! Was it Mr. Ablitt who taught Phil the boot-cam technique then? (See cover of 'A Different Perspective' for evidence!)

Subject: Re William Herbert Edward Ablitt Esq.


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 23:17:15

Sometime in the early 1990`s the said Mr Ablitt, a supreme exponent of the "mirror on the left foot trick" used to view Miss Burrs underwear in numerous french lessons, was spotted by my goodself dealing with a pushy customer on a motorwy services on the M6. Fortunately for all the female members of staff, not to mention customers, a quick glance at his feet showed that he had lost the mirror. However his shoes were polished to a remakable degree!

Subject: RJ MILLING


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 21:28:14

Does anyone know RJ`s e-mail address as his link in past messageboards is now defunct?

Subject: Hmmmm


Posted by Ron Corbett
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 20:38:07

Wonderful Site But what did happen to Ron Corbett?

Subject: Further apologies


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 18:24:07

Foot in mouth syndrome attacks plumber early this year.............. is all that spelt right?

Subject:


Posted by IT
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 15:24:13

Did I mention that my wife is Trukish?

Subject: Spelling


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:54:54

And two sides on I( must learn to spell Turkey from Wilf K.

Subject: Turkey


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:53:56

My partner left me a note saying "I've plucked the trukey and stuffed it, all you need to do is kill it and put it in the oven........."

Subject:


Posted by IT
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:41:22

I tried stuffing our turkey with latex lab gloves last year, but the result was much too chewy.

Subject: R.C.'s bathroom


Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 18:41:44

The humble pie will be twice as indigestible now Rob. Console yourself with the fact that flu has taken the edge off my sarcasm. Happy New Year everybody

Subject: Our Xmas Adventures in BiF


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 11:55:42

We thought we'd spend some time in the old family home in Hawcoat between Christamas and New Year. We invited some of my wife's Turkish friends to see what the real England is all about. It was snowing a bit when we reached the cottage. About an hour later I thought it would be a good idea to nip to Tesco's for some soup, so Mine and I set off over Quarry Brow. This was a miscalculation. Just over the brow we found a taxi rubbing its way down a sandstone wall. We pulled out to pass it and our wheels lost their grip. A high kerb prevented our too rapid descent into Ormsgill, but then we were stuck by the roadside with a burst tyre on a bloody cold night. Lots of intrepid taxis were coming over the hill and slipping around giddily. So much for local knowledge. We called the AA on the mobile. You don't get the real AA any more, just some guy from a garage in Kirkby who takes two hours to arrive. Because the situation was dangerous we rang the police who came after about half an hour and were very friendly, but breathalised me none the less. Then a Renault came over the hill and copied our skid, but more spectacularly. Even the police thought it might be a good idea to close the road then. The real heroes of the evening were the two guys manning the gritting lorry. When they discovered that they couldn't get the truck up the hill, they gritted the road manually using bloody great shovels. And they were cheerful about it. Hope no one else has suffered too much in the cold snap. Happy New Year everyone. Ian.

Subject:


Posted by
Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 18:33:34



Subject: Beer


Posted by Neil Rayner
Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 11:00:54

Before my children drive me to even more drink later today, I would like to wish all those ghosts and solid people from the 1972 third year a very happy new year. If anyone living in the Worcester area would like to join our local Friday night pub quest then please post a message. In the words of Jimmy Montague as he examined cheek scrapings under the microscope "Nnnyyess, looks like your dinner".

Subject: Bathroom


Posted by PFW
Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 15:22:21

A.T. The ghost of Rob's bathroom is going to haunt you over Christmas......



Subject:


Posted by
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 17:21:29



Subject: Xmas


Posted by Phil
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 11:29:07

Merry Xmas to all. Won't be in BiF this year.. but appreciated the description from Ciaran. We are having a bit of a white Xmas here. By a tragedy of planning.. seem to be running out of Scotch. Borrowed some of the lab latex gloves to stuff the turkey, which is an improvement on last year. Cheers

Subject: Xmas Greeting


Posted by Jeremy Spiffing
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 08:33:20

A simply spiffing xmas to all who write here! Especially the Troll! I say, I've never seen a Troll on a motorcycle, last one I saw was driving a Lexus...Haw Haw Merry Xmas!!!

Subject: 72 photo


Posted by Dougal
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 00:04:30

10 out of 10 to Brad Fleet for being the first person to correctly ID me & hello to all my ex BBGS schoolmates.I've been visiting this site now for well over a year but I didn't know if I would be remembered.Sorry to hear about Pete Delaney too.Anyway thats me,part 6,2.1 Steve Cooper.Emigrated April 74 to Wellington NZ.Living in a small suburb called Wainuiomata.Did 2 years at university,dropped out,became a Post Office Technician,made redundant 1994,now running my own electronics repair business,6 successful years now.Married,separated usual story etc. 2 kids both living with me.Always been a speed freek,check out my website,my 16 year old son built it for me. http://www.nzgto.cjb.net.

Subject: Reading an ritin


Posted by Troll
Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 10:08:38

Sorry,I've been busy looking at the pictures on www/rotten.com/ Now I know why I don't ride motorcycles any more.

Subject: Lights


Posted by Ciaran
Friday, December 22, 2000 at 11:05:40

There are some pretty horrendous lights in the old home town too, but there are some reasonable efforts also. It's the flashing ones that are the worst, there's one house on Central Drive Walney that any epilleptic should avoid at all costs! Still at least it brightens the place up. Have a Happy Christmas Phil and all your readers. Should anyone be "home" and really desperate for a pint to get away from the inlaws I'm the only C Trainor in the phome book.

Subject: Humbug


Posted by Ebenezer
Friday, December 22, 2000 at 10:13:41

Christmas - an overrated, commercially exaggerated trivial occurrence - not even the actual date, just an assumed date for the birth of a minor prophet of Islam, Jesus Christ. We should do what the Muslims do - ignore it. Sorry Bump! In our neck of the woods, a group of four neighbours have been battling it out to see who will win the "Most Outrageously Lit-up Cooncil Hoos" in Blyth. Since November, one of the competitors has spent over £4,000 on lights. Now that's what Christmas is REALLY all about!

Subject: Troll


Posted by Alan T
Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 19:45:57

Merry Christmas eeverybody. Can the troll read or does he just look at the pictures?

Subject: Xmas


Posted by Ian T.
Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 14:22:52

Well I can tell it is getting very close to Christmas. The students have all vanished like snow off a dyke, most of the staff too, - in fact I'm the only sad sod sitting in his office this afternoon. The refectory has stopped serving turkey dinners and is only offering the all-day-breakfast. The departmental office has closed early.. Even the e.mails have slowed down to a trickle.. So I'm off home.. It has been a real pleasure to re-establish links with BBGS after all these years. Thanks to the webmaster for putting in the effort and a Merry Christmas to all our readers (not forgetting our Troll).

Subject: Test Tube Bongo


Posted by Derek Walmsley
Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 23:04:24

Whatever happened to Bongo Hemingway and the trademark sight of a pile of blue exercise books bouncing up and down from the Staff Room round the Quad to the Chemistry Lab ? That's the observation- what's the conclusion ? Answers on a piece of filter paper. So many great characters in those days who shaped the course that we are now taking!

Subject:


Posted by Richard Priss
Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 12:12:46

Very sorry to hear about Peter Delaney, always used to see him bodding around on his Post Office bicyle. Thanks Brad for reminding me about my best line at school, I am still having to spell my surname out even now. Neil, next time you are visiting Barrow please get in touch! If anyone else from those 'happy days' would like to get in touch, my E-M address is rick58228@aol.com

Subject: Hairy


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 18, 2000 at 18:27:04

Roger, nice to hear from you - don't worry, I have few follicles left myself! I hear that you are Head of IT at Glaxo - hope the SmithKline Beecham merger works out ok. I was up in Barrow over the weekend exchanging Xmas prezzies with the aged P's. Have you seen what they've done to Tesco - it's criminal. Mind you the whole town looks like it's going downhill in appearance again after a brief revival during the 90's. You will have read about Pete Delaney's sad demise. He was still full of humour even close to the end, what a great bloke he was. I met Steve Craig and Bob Rowley at Pete's funeral. Are any more of our year still living in the area?

Subject: Ye Gods! Len Marshall


Posted by Brian McBride
Monday, December 18, 2000 at 16:24:07

My last sighting of you was in the Strawberry circa 1980, somewhat inebriated. but I'll bet you were still capable of a quick swivel of the hips in that blue and yellow U-13 strip simultaneously sending the defence one way and your colleagues the other. Are you still a Man of Bulky Hair or has the Passage of Time looked unfavourably upon you? (Neither of which need to be mutually exclusive.)

Subject: Re: 1972


Posted by Roger Burns
Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:50:38

Ah yes Neil, big jessie I may look but I remember every single strand, particularly since there ain't much left these days. As I recall you weren't short in the follicles department yourself ! I can't understand how I managed to avoid the Rising Moon's regular loan of 25p to those lads who he deemed worthy of a 'Number 2' down at Ken Riley's. I always wondered if anyone ever repaid him ?

Subject: Xmas


Posted by Graham Spencer
Friday, December 15, 2000 at 14:16:27

Merry Christmas to all our readers We have a white one here in Canada

Subject: Overqualified old boys


Posted by IT
Friday, December 15, 2000 at 10:01:41

Len, Good to hear from you. Everyone is popping up out of the woodwork! It seems that the word is getting around about this site. How many degrees then? If it's a contest, I'm not doing too badly myself - but one thing they didn't teach us at BBGS was that there is no direct correlation between qualifications and earnings!!! Ian

Subject: Hi Ian and Brian


Posted by Len Marshall
Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 18:36:03

Degree addict indeed! It was either that or go to work. Pass the Bisto!

Subject: Hi Brian


Posted by Ian Thompson
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 11:07:26

Hello Brian, Nice to see that someone else from our year has found this site. The only other person to post here has been Dave Baines. What are you up to these days? What is the latest chapter in your unusual life??! Best, Ian.

Subject: A Few More Updates ...


Posted by Brian McBride
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 09:32:59

6.8 Barry McKenna - sometime GP in Doncaster (does that mean he's been struck off?) 6.3 Len Marshall - Long-term degree addict. Must have the largest collection in the country by now. 5.5 Neil Jordan (not Gordon!) - Last seen in a shadowy corner of Manchester Central Library. 6.9 Stephen Postlethwaite - Master of the Swamp Sliding Tackle. 8.5 (Steven) Liversedge. Great to see all those old faces!

Subject:


Posted by Brian McBride, UK
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 20:39:29

Sadly, I missed out on the 1972 photo. I left in 1972 following a set of disastrous O-level results. Slug Sharpe didn't help when he stopped me taking my Geography in June following an 18% result in my January "mocks". How was I to know the consequences of late nights out at the Catholic Youth Centre? Still, I know of a few on the photo who don't seem to have any "whereabouts" attached to them: 7.3 Geoff Cooper - Systems Analyst in Boulder, Colorado 5.8 Chris Waple - Tesco superstore manager, Stratford-upon-Avon Great to see all those old faces!

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, December 09, 2000 at 00:49:36

I last saw Pete in August 2000 at a Hospice in Ulverston. He had been suffering from lung cancer for a couple of months but still had his incredible sense of humour. (posted to recluse 7/12/00)

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Brad Fleet
Friday, December 08, 2000 at 17:12:47

Pete Delaney was a postman in Barrow until quite recently. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year and died very shortly thereafter.

Subject: 1972 Photo


Posted by Neil Rayner
Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 19:07:46

Trust Brad to make a meal of it! Well here are some more names so sucks to you Bradley. Part 1 - 3.5 Mike "Nerk" Richardson September 1969 our first day at BGSB and it was good old Nerk who walked up the steps with me. 3.11 Mike Spann 3.12 David Shand Part 2 2.2 "Stan" Burford hur, hur, hur, a man of few words 2.3 Alan Banks - son of a butcher man 2.9 Graham Roberts - solicitor on the Wirral 2.8 ? Simpson Part 5 2.3 Ross Stirling from Biggar Village via Stornoway Any more for any more?

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Pete Gibson
Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 22:58:28

What happened to Pete Delaney?

Subject: 1972 School Photo


Posted by Brad Fleet
Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 20:53:44

Told about the site by Neil Rayner I have looked at the Photo of the classes of 1972 and can add quite a few names to unknown faces. 1972 Image 1 -- 1.7,Mike Berridge - reputed to have become a doctor. 1.8, Phil Docker - recently made a mint in London. 9.8 John Nicholls, brother of Philip in Image 2. 2.2, Stephen Lowes. 2.3, Emmanual Gribbon - The last time I saw ‘Manny’ he was still a trainee Pope and as p*ssed as anyone I have ever seen since. 2.6, Keith ‘Dusty’ Miller. 2.9, Colin Liversedge. 2.10, Ian ‘Baron’ Coles. 3.4, Donny Gallagher- last seen riding a clapped out Honda CX500 into the sunset. 9.9, Mark Baker. 1972 Image 2 -- 1.13, Philip Nicholls. 2.7, Mark Airey - another reputed doctor. 2.8, Phil ‘Muggsy’ Murray. 2.9, Damian Plant - Yes, that was his real name! 2.10, Roger ’Todge’ Burns. 2.13, John Kellaher. 3.6, Geoffry Baines. 10.8, Neil Rothwell - second son of Spock the teacher. 1972 Image 3 -- 2.2, Peter Delaney - very sadly deceased 2000. 2.8, Nick Gardner. 3.4 Lindsay Copplestone - sadly deceased a couple of years after the photo. 3.9, Paul Bispham? 1972 Image 4 --2.1, Steven Hanson. 2.2, Stan something or other. 2.10, Ralph ‘Pecker’ Prescott. 2.12, Kenny Richards - last heard of chasing nurses back in Barrow. 2.13, Neil Farrish- allegedly became a sailor. 3.7, Steve ‘Sunsilk’ Thompson. 3.8, Ian Rothwell - first son of teacher Spock, definitely became a doctor, possibly now in Manchester. 3.9, Alan Coutts - Last seenby me ‘cavorting’ with nurses when training to be a doctor in Liverpool. 3.10, Paul Drummond - A good lad with a heart of gold. 3.12, Keith ‘Diddy’ Myres - Once claimed to have ‘won the pools’ and then ended up with a payout of about a tenner. 1972 Image 5 -- 2.3, Ross Stirling. 2.4, Brad Fleet (As Neil Rayner said, Planning in Wiltshire and still catching more fish than him!) 1972 Image 6 -- 1.10, Stuart Mathison. 1.11, David ‘Gilly’ McGill. 2.1, Steven Cooper - Emigrated with parents to Australia or New Zealand shortly after photo. 2.6, Billy McGurk. 2.7, Richard Priss - his best line in school “that’s Priss with an ‘r’ sir.” Definitely became a sailor and back in Barrow recently. 2.9, David Pettingale - Doing something legal 3.6, David Pennington. 3.4, John ‘Fatty Satty’ Satterthwaite. The best days of my life? I think not, but quite memorable. Proper 'lock ins' at the Robin Hood in Crellin St, Hartley's Best from Ulverston - sadly deceased, I even have fond memories of 'Maxims'!!!! Finally, on the subject of Sneck, I once saw him skinny dipping in High Pond down at Roanhead, the guy was unique.

Subject: 1972 photo again!


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:59:09

2.2 Paul "Cag" Walden - Lives in Leeds - Freelance software programmer - good friend. 2.3 - Ian Royle - threw a shot-put on my head in 1970! 2.4 Brad Fleet - Head of Planning at Kennet and Avon DC in Devizes - I go on regular fishing holidays with him. 2.5 Bob "Caveman Crump" Rowley - bought my parents house in Abbey Road and turned it into a baby factory (nursery!) 2.5 Paul Woodward - all the girls loved him (sod!) 2.6 Mike Shaw - guitarist extraordinaire 2.8 Colin Wheeler 2.12 - Tim Mallinson - last known as a Building Surveyor in North Wales 2.14 Mike Reid

Subject: Part 3 School Photo


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:40:40

Neil Rayner - 2.3 - Chartered Surveyor in Worcester married, three daughters - insanely, would like to resettle in Furness! 2.11 David Hill 2.1 is Alan Purslow

Subject: Que faites vous en Alphaville?


Posted by Moi Aussi
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 17:50:55

John Luc Goddard, n'est ce pas? Bonjour! Ici! Regarder; http://www.imdb.com/ est chercher "Alphaville"

Subject: Languages


Posted by Paul
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 17:34:11

Those french (?) vocals. There are graveyard overtones, something like Dennis Clampton meets MegaDeath, and mumblings about particular days, or games, followed by a reference to someone's eightieth year. Is it Ern's birthday already? Lock up yer grannies!

Subject: Latin


Posted by IT
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 09:50:51

Civis Romanus didn't jog any memories then? Most of you, perhaps, are of the post-Latin generation. Our year were just in time to catch it. The Latin master was 'Danny' Kay(e?). He was about six foot tall with a large nose, purplish complexion and an alarming shock of white hair. I remember being impressed that BBGS thought so much of the Classics that they had actually dug up an old Roman to teach it. Danny was said to have had a stroke and this accounted for the whistle in Civisssss Romanusssss. He also had very boney knuckles which hurt like hell when he brought them down on your tender scalp. The only Latin I remember - Bellum, bellum ,bellum, belli, bello, bello, bella, bella, bella, bellorum... or something like that... it usually came out blum, blum, blum, blee, blow, blow, blah, blah, blah.. Any scholars out there who know how this should really go?

Subject:


Posted by IT
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 11:58:26

Our sledge, British Cellophane model, was also a juggernaut. Hard to get moving, but lethal once it built up momentum. One of the most foolish things I did in my youth was to form the bottom layer in a sledge sandwich which Geoff Cooper, Bob Ferguson and John Wilson (who was no Posh Spice) lying on top. We pushed off from the top of the amphitheatre, hit the path at the half way mark at speed, became airborn and landed with a sickening crunch. I wasonly winded and bruised, but it felt like I'd broken several ribs.

Subject: Sledge Hamer


Posted by Derek Walmsley
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 09:49:34

I think he's still living in Lindal.

Subject: sledge


Posted by ian
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 06:53:18

Talking of sledges, whatever became of Hamer?

Subject: Sledges


Posted by Q
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 18:45:35

I was also lucky enough to own a British Cellophane Sledge. I think it must have been of the Mark 1 variety as it generally took 6 kids to pull it along the street, and when tested at the Amphitheatre stayed stuck to the side of the hill. Did anyone also have a BCL designed go-cart (pusher)? No rope assisted steering for me but a metal steering column, as well as a hand operated brake instead of the usual back of the heels operated job.

Subject: Xmas crap


Posted by BioBiz
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 17:33:16

Sometimes the crap they get for Christmas keeps the kids happy. Although my eight year old received all manner of cool toys his favourite, and the one he still uses, is the fake turd acquired from the local toyshop for the grand sum of 75p. Next year I am going to get him a bucket load of trick-oriented stocking fillers - loads of presents to unwrap and healthier for the bank balance. On the issue of sledges. My dad was an engineer in the Royal Navy which meant that me and my brother had battelship grey sledge made out of ex-battleships. It weighed a ton but could really move down the amphitheatre by Furness Abbey.

Subject:


Posted by IT
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 16:57:07

This makes me wonder if our family sledge was a British Cellophane model. It probably was, since my Dad worked there as a night engineering foreman.

Subject: sledges


Posted by ciaran
Friday, January 19, 2001 at 14:07:05

Vickers didn't have the exclusive copyright on Christmas Sledges, I seem to recall there was an excellent design at British Cellophane (sadly now another candle factory) together with a high spec Table Football game and Radio Controlled Boats. Is it just me or are kids ridiculously spoilt at Christmas these days? My son got all sorts of crap but has basically settled on his favourite Thunderbird 2 toy from KFC!!

Subject: A vintage year


Posted by Derek
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 22:09:21

Regarding the 1972 intake. Moonhead regarded us as the most ill disiplined intake the school had seen. Stiff was broken at the end of our time there and all classes that followed were spared the flying blackboard rubber and excersise books. I was wondering if this achievement was unique or do other years have similar claims to fame?

Subject:


Posted by
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 21:59:48



Subject: Paint


Posted by ciaran
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 08:07:55

I think you'll find most of the Houses are painted "Crane Yellow" these days!!

Subject: Neil Greer


Posted by Lionel Blair
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 14:37:26

Didn't know the "yard" had jobs for knitting pattern designers!

Subject:


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 14:18:03

After working in the yard one summer, Neil Greer was paid in kind for some racehorse drawings he did. They made him a BBQ grill using only the finest materials. It was cunningly designed so that it came apart in sections and could be stuck down the legs of his overalls for passage through the gate security.

Subject: Rampant commercialization!


Posted by PFW
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 13:00:21

I would have thought it would be difficult to get work in a town so full of competent "engineering" types! All that expertise... all that is needed is a little imagination .. I hear the Columbian Smack-Lords are crying out for some specialized submarines.... though if you go over budget or fall behind schedule.. well it could be curtains.. so I guess that lets BAe out.

Subject: Vickers Blah Blah


Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 12:52:11

As another Barrovian not employed by BAE Systems, I am still in some ways reliant on the fortunes of the town's biggest employer to keep me in work at least some of the time. The more people employed there, hopefully the more wanting bathrooms, heating etc. NO JOB TOO SMALL! 813556! Leave a message! Free estimates! Sorry Rob! End of shameless plug. The quality of foreigner work carried out in the yard still surpasses any MOD spec, and the ingenuity of some jobs that I've seen is staggering. If that innovation could be tapped, things could be quite different.

Subject:


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 11:10:36

Are the backyard gates on Walney still painted battleship grey? Do kids in Barrow still get tubular steel sledges that would would meet MoD specifications?

Subject: BAE Systems aka "the big 'V'


Posted by Troll
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 10:39:55

Many cynical years have passed since myself and 12000 others used to turn up at the above place on a daily basis and receive recompense for our cycle ride or bus trip there and back. Work was not a word that springs to mind,although I do remember once picking up a screwdriver that fell off my bench when I rolled over during my nightshift slumbers.

Subject: BAE SYSTEMS


Posted by Jeremy Spiffing
Tuesday, January 16, 2001 at 00:01:17

I say! I still live in Barrow and don't work for the said blighters - I prefer to remain anonymous for fear of being mowed down by 2000 hit men on bicycles! Haw haw!!

Subject: The Missing Ablitt


Posted by Ciaran
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 14:07:19

Just noticed a Peter Ablitt on the BAE Email System. Does anyone know if it is the Mythical Ablitt's brother? Perhaps we could ask him where the hell he is

Subject: W ABBLITT


Posted by GEOFF ISAACS
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 13:25:37

HE WAS INTRODUCED AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BREWERY AT THE FURNESS GOLF CLUB PRIZE GIVING DINNER IN DECEMBER 2000.

Subject: barrow's image


Posted by william cobbett
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 13:07:53

For many years, until I got too entrenched in my current job to make moving feasible, I'd have gladly moved back to Barrow if there'd been any jobs going in my field. I know that a lot of us couldn't wait to leave the place after school, but it really does have the lot - nice countryside on the doorstep, less frenetic way of life, good, reasonably cheap housing, reasonable schools, etc, etc. And the shops have generally improved over the past decade. It now even has a cinema where the sound system doesn't sound like a sock wrapped round a biscuit tin. But to judge from the local rag, it's a cross between 1930s Jarrow and the Bronx - unremitting misery. Barrow just never seems to be able to recognise that lots of places have problems just as bad - they're part of modern urban life (it doesn't mean they're acceptable, but Barrow isn't especially cursed). Incidentally, has anyone else noticed that when the paper does celebrate achievements, they seem perenially fixed on the small (endless large photos of some army cadet who's passed basic training and the like)? There's a tale which I hope is apocryphal about the Evening News printing a great big spread about the sea scouts' annaul jamboree and then in one corner printing the tiny announcement - 'Old Barrovian wins Nobel Prize'.

Subject: Barrow's fortunes


Posted by IT
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 10:28:38

Barrow has been comparatively fortunate. Consider other one industry towns like Consett or Millom. Also think about bigger places like Sheffield, Glasgow, Tyneside and Liverpool which have lost most of the heavy industries they were built on. Barrow has suffered too, but it still has its shipyard. Here is a question: would Barrow be better off if it lost its shipyards? Then it could throw itself wholeheartedly into this 'Where the Lakes Meet the Sea' stuff. It is actually a wonderful example of a Victorian planned town and could play the heritage card for all its worth. The difficulty at the moment is that it is trying to balance two games - heavy industry (with diversification into new industries) on the one hand, and hetitage and tourism on the other. But much as I like shipyard cranes, its hard to see how the later strategy can work when you have something as ugly as Devonshire Hall dominating the town. Just being provocative!

Subject: Apathy etc


Posted by Neil
Monday, January 15, 2001 at 00:14:06

As I was saying , before my link disappeared and posted a partial message 4 times! Everyone knows that the town suffers from extreme geographical isolation and a peculiar cynicism within its population. In my post Barrow life the most common view that outsiders have expressed to me is that it is a one -horse place full of flat-hatted northerners. Attracting outside investment for job-producing industries is always going to be difficult, if not impossible. The "touristy" attempts to raise the area's profile (eg Dock Museum, S Lakes Wildlife Parek etc) can only help by actually allowing people to see what a potentially wonderful quality of life could be possible - most of this country is over -populated, stressed out and needing a bit of Furness soul. The "Vickers" legacy remains in the town's image, physical focus and, still, its major employer. It is apparent on my every visit that past glories are dwelled upon, and it is in this respect that "The Yard" still dominates. Personally, and possibly perversely to those ex BBGS people who have remained in the area, I would love to return - trouble is there is such a lack of variety in job opportunities due to the poor diversity of the local economy. As regards "fun" I cannot think of a better place to indulge in sheer hedonism. Cornwallis Street, the Lake District, the sea, the Football and Rugby clubs! Yes I know what you mean about the wonderful buildings - whichever councillors had the whip hand in passing the Tesco disaster ought to be pilloried in the wide open spaces outside the Town Hall. And yet, Barrow has a Homebase and a B&Q, my current home, Worcester, only has the former and, even worse - NO ASDA Stop complaining!

Subject:


Posted by
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:04:45



Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:38

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:37

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:36

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject:


Posted by Neil
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 23:02:35

I couldn't agree more, yet less. Having been away from the town for the best part of 25 years, but visiting at least 4 times a year the fierce pride , but dour pessimism, of those that have stayed there hits home hard.

Subject: Vickers


Posted by Derek
Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 21:17:34

Barrow is dominated by apathy and lack of identity, not by Vickers in whatever guise. You really should come and see how much of the town has been demolished and replaced with wonderful modern buildings that offer all sorts of new oppurtunities and part time jobs. Why we are about to get a Morrisons supermarket on the dockside and we are informed by our betters that this will prove an attraction to cruise ships!!!! Wha we need in Barrow is a council composed of ex BBGS pupils. Not to make it a better place but to make it more FUN.

Subject: "Vickers"


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 23:27:26

Clearly a bitter point for ex and current "Vickers" people, reinforcing the point of my original message that the town is still dominated (blighted?) by the firm.

Subject: BAE SYSTEMS


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 22:07:49

Have you not heard the Berlin Wall came down a few years ago and as a result we all got a peace dividend. In Barrow this transcribed into mass redundancies at Vsel, which then became GEC Marine and is now BAE Systems.The national press and our esteemed Government virtually ignored the haemorrhage of jobs.

Subject:


Posted by EX-VSEL
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 22:03:46



Subject: BAE Systems


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 16:45:34

Is there anyone still living in Barrow who doesn't work for BAE Systems?

Subject: E-mail address


Posted by RJMilling
Friday, January 12, 2001 at 20:29:03

robmilling@hotmail.com robin.milling@baesystems.com

Subject: W H E Ablitt


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at 11:42:35

At long last, a recent sighting! One did wonder if the species was in fact extinct. The interest was justified after all. But he's obviously not on the net, or shy. Shame.

Subject: W Ablitt the elusive one


Posted by Derek Fisher
Tuesday, January 09, 2001 at 19:04:36

My good friend Steve Cook informed me this morning that WHE Ablitt was seen at the Customs House on Hindpool road on the occasion of Stollers Christmas party 2000, being introduced to a man in a suit who was obviously a manager of the Customs House.

Subject: Bill Ablitt


Posted by Alan T
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 20:07:44

I last saw him delivering a firkin of ale to a house at High Carley, near Ulverston. That would have been around ten years ago. Forrest Gump? More like Mr. Polly.......

Subject: Ablitt


Posted by PFW
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 16:56:23

Is this guy some kind of Forrest Gump? He once emerged from kitchen of a Coventry eating house when someone told him a Barrovian was eating there.
He saw it was me and returned to his kitchen... later I decided to give the horseradish sauce a miss.
Have any of our other readers seen this mystery man?

Subject: William Herbert Edward Ablitt Esq


Posted by Ern
Monday, January 08, 2001 at 16:13:19

'Billy' Ablitt was a great chum of my younger brother. I recall arriving home late one night to a party at the parental mansion(much to my surprise)thrown by said brother. Mr. Ablitt took umbrage with me when I tried to gain access to my own bedroom in which (apparently) my brother was engaged in the carnal exploration of a young lady. Rather peeved at his attitude, I picked Mr. Ablitt up and threw him off the top of the stairs (Ah! the joys of chemically enhanced strength!!). He must have been very p**sed 'cos he didn't sustain any injury whatsoever! Was it Mr. Ablitt who taught Phil the boot-cam technique then? (See cover of 'A Different Perspective' for evidence!)

Subject: Re William Herbert Edward Ablitt Esq.


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 23:17:15

Sometime in the early 1990`s the said Mr Ablitt, a supreme exponent of the "mirror on the left foot trick" used to view Miss Burrs underwear in numerous french lessons, was spotted by my goodself dealing with a pushy customer on a motorwy services on the M6. Fortunately for all the female members of staff, not to mention customers, a quick glance at his feet showed that he had lost the mirror. However his shoes were polished to a remakable degree!

Subject: RJ MILLING


Posted by Derek
Saturday, January 06, 2001 at 21:28:14

Does anyone know RJ`s e-mail address as his link in past messageboards is now defunct?

Subject: Hmmmm


Posted by Ron Corbett
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 20:38:07

Wonderful Site But what did happen to Ron Corbett?

Subject: Further apologies


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 18:24:07

Foot in mouth syndrome attacks plumber early this year.............. is all that spelt right?

Subject:


Posted by IT
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 15:24:13

Did I mention that my wife is Trukish?

Subject: Spelling


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:54:54

And two sides on I( must learn to spell Turkey from Wilf K.

Subject: Turkey


Posted by Alan T
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:53:56

My partner left me a note saying "I've plucked the trukey and stuffed it, all you need to do is kill it and put it in the oven........."

Subject:


Posted by IT
Wednesday, January 03, 2001 at 12:41:22

I tried stuffing our turkey with latex lab gloves last year, but the result was much too chewy.

Subject: R.C.'s bathroom


Posted by Alan T
Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 18:41:44

The humble pie will be twice as indigestible now Rob. Console yourself with the fact that flu has taken the edge off my sarcasm. Happy New Year everybody

Subject: Our Xmas Adventures in BiF


Posted by IT
Tuesday, January 02, 2001 at 11:55:42

We thought we'd spend some time in the old family home in Hawcoat between Christamas and New Year. We invited some of my wife's Turkish friends to see what the real England is all about. It was snowing a bit when we reached the cottage. About an hour later I thought it would be a good idea to nip to Tesco's for some soup, so Mine and I set off over Quarry Brow. This was a miscalculation. Just over the brow we found a taxi rubbing its way down a sandstone wall. We pulled out to pass it and our wheels lost their grip. A high kerb prevented our too rapid descent into Ormsgill, but then we were stuck by the roadside with a burst tyre on a bloody cold night. Lots of intrepid taxis were coming over the hill and slipping around giddily. So much for local knowledge. We called the AA on the mobile. You don't get the real AA any more, just some guy from a garage in Kirkby who takes two hours to arrive. Because the situation was dangerous we rang the police who came after about half an hour and were very friendly, but breathalised me none the less. Then a Renault came over the hill and copied our skid, but more spectacularly. Even the police thought it might be a good idea to close the road then. The real heroes of the evening were the two guys manning the gritting lorry. When they discovered that they couldn't get the truck up the hill, they gritted the road manually using bloody great shovels. And they were cheerful about it. Hope no one else has suffered too much in the cold snap. Happy New Year everyone. Ian.

Subject:


Posted by
Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 18:33:34



Subject: Beer


Posted by Neil Rayner
Sunday, December 31, 2000 at 11:00:54

Before my children drive me to even more drink later today, I would like to wish all those ghosts and solid people from the 1972 third year a very happy new year. If anyone living in the Worcester area would like to join our local Friday night pub quest then please post a message. In the words of Jimmy Montague as he examined cheek scrapings under the microscope "Nnnyyess, looks like your dinner".

Subject: Bathroom


Posted by PFW
Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 15:22:21

A.T. The ghost of Rob's bathroom is going to haunt you over Christmas......



Subject:


Posted by
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 17:21:29



Subject: Xmas


Posted by Phil
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 11:29:07

Merry Xmas to all. Won't be in BiF this year.. but appreciated the description from Ciaran. We are having a bit of a white Xmas here. By a tragedy of planning.. seem to be running out of Scotch. Borrowed some of the lab latex gloves to stuff the turkey, which is an improvement on last year. Cheers

Subject: Xmas Greeting


Posted by Jeremy Spiffing
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 08:33:20

A simply spiffing xmas to all who write here! Especially the Troll! I say, I've never seen a Troll on a motorcycle, last one I saw was driving a Lexus...Haw Haw Merry Xmas!!!

Subject: 72 photo


Posted by Dougal
Monday, December 25, 2000 at 00:04:30

10 out of 10 to Brad Fleet for being the first person to correctly ID me & hello to all my ex BBGS schoolmates.I've been visiting this site now for well over a year but I didn't know if I would be remembered.Sorry to hear about Pete Delaney too.Anyway thats me,part 6,2.1 Steve Cooper.Emigrated April 74 to Wellington NZ.Living in a small suburb called Wainuiomata.Did 2 years at university,dropped out,became a Post Office Technician,made redundant 1994,now running my own electronics repair business,6 successful years now.Married,separated usual story etc. 2 kids both living with me.Always been a speed freek,check out my website,my 16 year old son built it for me. http://www.nzgto.cjb.net.

Subject: Reading an ritin


Posted by Troll
Saturday, December 23, 2000 at 10:08:38

Sorry,I've been busy looking at the pictures on www/rotten.com/ Now I know why I don't ride motorcycles any more.

Subject: Lights


Posted by Ciaran
Friday, December 22, 2000 at 11:05:40

There are some pretty horrendous lights in the old home town too, but there are some reasonable efforts also. It's the flashing ones that are the worst, there's one house on Central Drive Walney that any epilleptic should avoid at all costs! Still at least it brightens the place up. Have a Happy Christmas Phil and all your readers. Should anyone be "home" and really desperate for a pint to get away from the inlaws I'm the only C Trainor in the phome book.

Subject: Humbug


Posted by Ebenezer
Friday, December 22, 2000 at 10:13:41

Christmas - an overrated, commercially exaggerated trivial occurrence - not even the actual date, just an assumed date for the birth of a minor prophet of Islam, Jesus Christ. We should do what the Muslims do - ignore it. Sorry Bump! In our neck of the woods, a group of four neighbours have been battling it out to see who will win the "Most Outrageously Lit-up Cooncil Hoos" in Blyth. Since November, one of the competitors has spent over £4,000 on lights. Now that's what Christmas is REALLY all about!

Subject: Troll


Posted by Alan T
Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 19:45:57

Merry Christmas eeverybody. Can the troll read or does he just look at the pictures?

Subject: Xmas


Posted by Ian T.
Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 14:22:52

Well I can tell it is getting very close to Christmas. The students have all vanished like snow off a dyke, most of the staff too, - in fact I'm the only sad sod sitting in his office this afternoon. The refectory has stopped serving turkey dinners and is only offering the all-day-breakfast. The departmental office has closed early.. Even the e.mails have slowed down to a trickle.. So I'm off home.. It has been a real pleasure to re-establish links with BBGS after all these years. Thanks to the webmaster for putting in the effort and a Merry Christmas to all our readers (not forgetting our Troll).

Subject: Test Tube Bongo


Posted by Derek Walmsley
Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at 23:04:24

Whatever happened to Bongo Hemingway and the trademark sight of a pile of blue exercise books bouncing up and down from the Staff Room round the Quad to the Chemistry Lab ? That's the observation- what's the conclusion ? Answers on a piece of filter paper. So many great characters in those days who shaped the course that we are now taking!

Subject:


Posted by Richard Priss
Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 12:12:46

Very sorry to hear about Peter Delaney, always used to see him bodding around on his Post Office bicyle. Thanks Brad for reminding me about my best line at school, I am still having to spell my surname out even now. Neil, next time you are visiting Barrow please get in touch! If anyone else from those 'happy days' would like to get in touch, my E-M address is rick58228@aol.com

Subject: Hairy


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 18, 2000 at 18:27:04

Roger, nice to hear from you - don't worry, I have few follicles left myself! I hear that you are Head of IT at Glaxo - hope the SmithKline Beecham merger works out ok. I was up in Barrow over the weekend exchanging Xmas prezzies with the aged P's. Have you seen what they've done to Tesco - it's criminal. Mind you the whole town looks like it's going downhill in appearance again after a brief revival during the 90's. You will have read about Pete Delaney's sad demise. He was still full of humour even close to the end, what a great bloke he was. I met Steve Craig and Bob Rowley at Pete's funeral. Are any more of our year still living in the area?

Subject: Ye Gods! Len Marshall


Posted by Brian McBride
Monday, December 18, 2000 at 16:24:07

My last sighting of you was in the Strawberry circa 1980, somewhat inebriated. but I'll bet you were still capable of a quick swivel of the hips in that blue and yellow U-13 strip simultaneously sending the defence one way and your colleagues the other. Are you still a Man of Bulky Hair or has the Passage of Time looked unfavourably upon you? (Neither of which need to be mutually exclusive.)

Subject: Re: 1972


Posted by Roger Burns
Sunday, December 17, 2000 at 22:50:38

Ah yes Neil, big jessie I may look but I remember every single strand, particularly since there ain't much left these days. As I recall you weren't short in the follicles department yourself ! I can't understand how I managed to avoid the Rising Moon's regular loan of 25p to those lads who he deemed worthy of a 'Number 2' down at Ken Riley's. I always wondered if anyone ever repaid him ?

Subject: Xmas


Posted by Graham Spencer
Friday, December 15, 2000 at 14:16:27

Merry Christmas to all our readers We have a white one here in Canada

Subject: Overqualified old boys


Posted by IT
Friday, December 15, 2000 at 10:01:41

Len, Good to hear from you. Everyone is popping up out of the woodwork! It seems that the word is getting around about this site. How many degrees then? If it's a contest, I'm not doing too badly myself - but one thing they didn't teach us at BBGS was that there is no direct correlation between qualifications and earnings!!! Ian

Subject: Hi Ian and Brian


Posted by Len Marshall
Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 18:36:03

Degree addict indeed! It was either that or go to work. Pass the Bisto!

Subject: Hi Brian


Posted by Ian Thompson
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 11:07:26

Hello Brian, Nice to see that someone else from our year has found this site. The only other person to post here has been Dave Baines. What are you up to these days? What is the latest chapter in your unusual life??! Best, Ian.

Subject: A Few More Updates ...


Posted by Brian McBride
Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at 09:32:59

6.8 Barry McKenna - sometime GP in Doncaster (does that mean he's been struck off?) 6.3 Len Marshall - Long-term degree addict. Must have the largest collection in the country by now. 5.5 Neil Jordan (not Gordon!) - Last seen in a shadowy corner of Manchester Central Library. 6.9 Stephen Postlethwaite - Master of the Swamp Sliding Tackle. 8.5 (Steven) Liversedge. Great to see all those old faces!

Subject:


Posted by Brian McBride, UK
Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 20:39:29

Sadly, I missed out on the 1972 photo. I left in 1972 following a set of disastrous O-level results. Slug Sharpe didn't help when he stopped me taking my Geography in June following an 18% result in my January "mocks". How was I to know the consequences of late nights out at the Catholic Youth Centre? Still, I know of a few on the photo who don't seem to have any "whereabouts" attached to them: 7.3 Geoff Cooper - Systems Analyst in Boulder, Colorado 5.8 Chris Waple - Tesco superstore manager, Stratford-upon-Avon Great to see all those old faces!

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Neil Rayner
Saturday, December 09, 2000 at 00:49:36

I last saw Pete in August 2000 at a Hospice in Ulverston. He had been suffering from lung cancer for a couple of months but still had his incredible sense of humour. (posted to recluse 7/12/00)

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Brad Fleet
Friday, December 08, 2000 at 17:12:47

Pete Delaney was a postman in Barrow until quite recently. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year and died very shortly thereafter.

Subject: 1972 Photo


Posted by Neil Rayner
Thursday, December 07, 2000 at 19:07:46

Trust Brad to make a meal of it! Well here are some more names so sucks to you Bradley. Part 1 - 3.5 Mike "Nerk" Richardson September 1969 our first day at BGSB and it was good old Nerk who walked up the steps with me. 3.11 Mike Spann 3.12 David Shand Part 2 2.2 "Stan" Burford hur, hur, hur, a man of few words 2.3 Alan Banks - son of a butcher man 2.9 Graham Roberts - solicitor on the Wirral 2.8 ? Simpson Part 5 2.3 Ross Stirling from Biggar Village via Stornoway Any more for any more?

Subject: Pete Delaney


Posted by Pete Gibson
Wednesday, December 06, 2000 at 22:58:28

What happened to Pete Delaney?

Subject: 1972 School Photo


Posted by Brad Fleet
Tuesday, December 05, 2000 at 20:53:44

Told about the site by Neil Rayner I have looked at the Photo of the classes of 1972 and can add quite a few names to unknown faces. 1972 Image 1 -- 1.7,Mike Berridge - reputed to have become a doctor. 1.8, Phil Docker - recently made a mint in London. 9.8 John Nicholls, brother of Philip in Image 2. 2.2, Stephen Lowes. 2.3, Emmanual Gribbon - The last time I saw ‘Manny’ he was still a trainee Pope and as p*ssed as anyone I have ever seen since. 2.6, Keith ‘Dusty’ Miller. 2.9, Colin Liversedge. 2.10, Ian ‘Baron’ Coles. 3.4, Donny Gallagher- last seen riding a clapped out Honda CX500 into the sunset. 9.9, Mark Baker. 1972 Image 2 -- 1.13, Philip Nicholls. 2.7, Mark Airey - another reputed doctor. 2.8, Phil ‘Muggsy’ Murray. 2.9, Damian Plant - Yes, that was his real name! 2.10, Roger ’Todge’ Burns. 2.13, John Kellaher. 3.6, Geoffry Baines. 10.8, Neil Rothwell - second son of Spock the teacher. 1972 Image 3 -- 2.2, Peter Delaney - very sadly deceased 2000. 2.8, Nick Gardner. 3.4 Lindsay Copplestone - sadly deceased a couple of years after the photo. 3.9, Paul Bispham? 1972 Image 4 --2.1, Steven Hanson. 2.2, Stan something or other. 2.10, Ralph ‘Pecker’ Prescott. 2.12, Kenny Richards - last heard of chasing nurses back in Barrow. 2.13, Neil Farrish- allegedly became a sailor. 3.7, Steve ‘Sunsilk’ Thompson. 3.8, Ian Rothwell - first son of teacher Spock, definitely became a doctor, possibly now in Manchester. 3.9, Alan Coutts - Last seenby me ‘cavorting’ with nurses when training to be a doctor in Liverpool. 3.10, Paul Drummond - A good lad with a heart of gold. 3.12, Keith ‘Diddy’ Myres - Once claimed to have ‘won the pools’ and then ended up with a payout of about a tenner. 1972 Image 5 -- 2.3, Ross Stirling. 2.4, Brad Fleet (As Neil Rayner said, Planning in Wiltshire and still catching more fish than him!) 1972 Image 6 -- 1.10, Stuart Mathison. 1.11, David ‘Gilly’ McGill. 2.1, Steven Cooper - Emigrated with parents to Australia or New Zealand shortly after photo. 2.6, Billy McGurk. 2.7, Richard Priss - his best line in school “that’s Priss with an ‘r’ sir.” Definitely became a sailor and back in Barrow recently. 2.9, David Pettingale - Doing something legal 3.6, David Pennington. 3.4, John ‘Fatty Satty’ Satterthwaite. The best days of my life? I think not, but quite memorable. Proper 'lock ins' at the Robin Hood in Crellin St, Hartley's Best from Ulverston - sadly deceased, I even have fond memories of 'Maxims'!!!! Finally, on the subject of Sneck, I once saw him skinny dipping in High Pond down at Roanhead, the guy was unique.

Subject: 1972 photo again!


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:59:09

2.2 Paul "Cag" Walden - Lives in Leeds - Freelance software programmer - good friend. 2.3 - Ian Royle - threw a shot-put on my head in 1970! 2.4 Brad Fleet - Head of Planning at Kennet and Avon DC in Devizes - I go on regular fishing holidays with him. 2.5 Bob "Caveman Crump" Rowley - bought my parents house in Abbey Road and turned it into a baby factory (nursery!) 2.5 Paul Woodward - all the girls loved him (sod!) 2.6 Mike Shaw - guitarist extraordinaire 2.8 Colin Wheeler 2.12 - Tim Mallinson - last known as a Building Surveyor in North Wales 2.14 Mike Reid

Subject: Part 3 School Photo


Posted by Neil Rayner
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 19:40:40

Neil Rayner - 2.3 - Chartered Surveyor in Worcester married, three daughters - insanely, would like to resettle in Furness! 2.11 David Hill 2.1 is Alan Purslow

Subject: Que faites vous en Alphaville?


Posted by Moi Aussi
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 17:50:55

John Luc Goddard, n'est ce pas? Bonjour! Ici! Regarder; http://www.imdb.com/ est chercher "Alphaville"

Subject: Languages


Posted by Paul
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 17:34:11

Those french (?) vocals. There are graveyard overtones, something like Dennis Clampton meets MegaDeath, and mumblings about particular days, or games, followed by a reference to someone's eightieth year. Is it Ern's birthday already? Lock up yer grannies!

Subject: Latin


Posted by IT
Monday, December 04, 2000 at 09:50:51

Civis Romanus didn't jog any memories then? Most of you, perhaps, are of the post-Latin generation. Our year were just in time to catch it. The Latin master was 'Danny' Kay(e?). He was about six foot tall with a large nose, purplish complexion and an alarming shock of white hair. I remember being impressed that BBGS thought so much of the Classics that they had actually dug up an old Roman to teach it. Danny was said to have had a stroke and this accounted for the whistle in Civisssss Romanusssss. He also had very boney knuckles which hurt like hell when he brought them down on your tender scalp. The only Latin I remember - Bellum, bellum ,bellum, belli, bello, bello, bella, bella, bella, bellorum... or something like that... it usually came out blum, blum, blum, blee, blow, blow, blah, blah, blah.. Any scholars out there who know how this should really go?

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