Sunday, 16 May 2010

100 years of memories

Well the weather stayed lovely for the centenary celebrations yesterday, a gloriously sunny Hertfordshire afternoon, perfect 'School Fete' conditions, I was a little late arriving, so sadly missed being chosen for some of the sports day activities ;-)
However, I was in time for the staff v students tug of war. Not that I took part of course, well, someone had to take some pictures didn't they? Here's the 'before' lineup of the staff ...

and here's the after ...

I think we should have had someone a little more 'burly' as our anchor man but our head of 6th form did an admirable job. Sadly, youth won out even though they tried 'best of three' attempts!

Some of the memorabilia on show was fascinating and the display of uniforms through the ages was lovely. Gone are the days of straw boaters for the girls to wear in the summer! I was chatting to a lady who had found her mother in a photo dated 1926. Someone had made a note of all the members of the hockey team and she was listed there. She asked if I could take a photocopy of it as she was going to visit her that afternoon. Her mum is now 96 and living in a nursing home and I loved the thought of her daughter arriving with a photo from her past and them being able to chat and reminisce about her school days. I overheard women much older than myself saying how just walking past the Head's office still made them feel nervous and I am sure a lot of ladies in the area went home with happy memories in their minds.

5 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great post today! I love the action shot - the head of form's socks are a wonderful sartorial comment and love how the rope is doubled around his waist! I also love the story of the woman taking the hockey picture to her mum!
Rinda

humel said...

Such a lovely day :-) So glad you all had a good time - but I am sorry that you were too late to be involved in the sporting activities, you must have been so disappointed... ;-)

Sian said...

Really enjoyable post..just the kind of story I love. I would have been gutted to miss joining in the sports too. Not.

jennifer said...

Looks like a great day, love your 'action' shot. I think they should bring straw boaters back - we don't wear hats enough these days!

Amy said...

What a great day! And, such a pity you were a little late for some of the more strenuous activities ;-)