"My father was born in Stalybridge on 25th April 1926 and after attending the C of E school he obtained an entrance scholarship to Manchester Grammar School for September 1936. Unfortunately in early 1937 his father was promoted to a more senior position in Preston. To move schools mid-term and mid-year was almost a disaster. The Company had provided the family with temporary accommodation which was totally unsuitable. It was only in late 1938 or early 1939 that the family bought a home in Barton. Life at school improved and my father got a good School Certificate. In the sixth form he was very happy, in his second year he was appointed House Captain of Thornley and Deputy Head Boy. In 1947 he went to Manchester University to study Physics. He had a very successful career and received many honours."
Jim spent the whole of his working life in the Communications Department of the Ministry of Defence at Fulwood Barracks, apart from a short a short spell in the Falkland Islands following the 1982 War. However he was best known for his work in local amateur football league circles, devoting nearly fifty years of his life to the Lancashire Sunday League. As well as being Promotions Secretary and Fixtures Secretary he was also a referee (as the result of a broken leg playing), and he became the Referees' Secretary, a position he held for over forty years until his illness. In this role he was selfless and indefatigable, and it was very rare that a match went ahead without a qualified official. As he didn't drive he also had to travel to matches by public transport if he couldn't get a lift! It was no surprise when in 2008 he attained the Football Association Outstanding Service to Refereeing Award. Since his passing tributes have arrived in abundance, and he has been described in the Lancashire Post as "one of Preston's favourite footballing sons" and "one of the biggest characters and most dedicated servants within the local football community."
Jim will be missed by all who knew him. The funeral service will be held at the Fulwood Barracks Chapel at 2pm on Tuesday 19th September 2017, followed by the committal at Preston Crematorium. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his wife Anne, daughters Rachael and Elizabeth, and his friends and colleagues past and present at this very sad time.
As well as being private he was also a very sensitive man. Not surprisingly for someone of his nature and being a mathematician, he was an accomplished pianist, a skill which he rarely demonstrated at School. He was, however, very happy to share his ready wit within the confines of the classroom and beyond, which probably led to an ever-present element of disruptive behaviour amongst unruly boys (I was one of them). He was famous for his 'impots', which normally consisted of twelve sides, but which could easily be doubled and doubled again if the behaviour didn't cease (and 48 sides takes some doing!). He also had nicknames for most people which often stuck, which is how "Charlie" originated. In 3B there were two lads called Morris, and of course they became "Major" and "Minor". Hanslip became "Gymslip" and so on.
Away from the tomfoolery he was a very fine Maths teacher, and he is remembered with great affection. It is not widely known that he was also a regular at School Camp, and whilst he often led the juniors, there is the famous record of him returning from a more advanced outing on Jack's Rake (Pavey Ark) minus his hair and his fingernails! He was no mean cook either in the Schoolhouse at Nether Wasdale, the texture and taste of his porridge being legendary.
For a man so private he was so outgoing in company. The last time I (Charlie Billington) saw him in person was at Len 'Skip' Berryman's funeral a few years ago, and his affable mood on that day surprised even the gentleman who looked after him in his later years, David Brockbank. He will live on in memory.
The funeral service and committal will take place at Beetham Hall Crematorium, Beetham (a few miles north of Lancaster) on Monday 2nd October 2017, at 3.30pm. If you intend to go it would be very helpful for the arrangements if you would let me know beforehand. In the meantime the thoughts of the Association go out to his relatives, friends and former colleagues.
He was elected President of the Association in 1994 and thereafter remained totally committed to the Executive Council and the activities of the Association. He was especially supportive of my colleagues and myself when we were "new to the game" in 2006. As Chairman of the Board of Governors at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College he was instrumental in the setting up and maintaining of the annual visits to the old School building, and in connection with his professional Health and Safety work he facilitated the first (resurrected) golf tournament. In short he devoted much to the Association and will be greatly missed.
The Funeral Service will be held at St Ambrose Church, Leyland on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 3pm. This will be followed by a Private Committal at Charnock Richard Crematorium. In the meantime the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his wife Aileen, and his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.
Mike's period at Preston Grammar School was from 1949 to 1956, and he was in Miller House. He had arrived from St. Andrew's School in Ashton, where he had been a chorister. He was a keen rugby player, and kept up with many sports, notably cricket, following the England Team around the world. He was a Member of the Preston Hockey and Cricket Clubs as well as Lancashire CC. Mike also enjoyed playing golf and was often to be seen on courses with Tony Olivine before his move to Fareham. Away from sport Mike was well-known in Masonic circles, his father having at one time founded a Lodge.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday 31st January, at 2pm in the United Reformed Church, Osborne Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG, and afterwards at the Fareham Masonic Hall, Queen's Road, Fareham PO16 0NN.
Mike will be sadly missed, not just by the Association but also by the many who knew him. Our thoughts go out to Sheila and his family, and his friends and colleagues past and present at this very sad time.
Bill was at School from 1952 to 1959, and was in Harris House. He was a renowned and very popular academic and sportsman, who joined the Association several years ago, becoming a regular contributor to the Newsletter and featuring in others' reminiscences. He was obviously held in great esteem and affection. Poor health always precluded him from attending Annual Dinners, much to his regret. Living in France he particularly missed hot pot! He was also in regular contact with several other Old Boys, of whom a number have expressed shock and sadness and forwarded some memories to share. These will be included in the next edition of the New Hoghtonian which will be published in the New Year.
In the meantime the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Bill's wife Janine, and his family, friends and colleagues at this sad and unfortunate time.
His widow Barbara has sent a summary of Norman's life to the Secretary and it will be published in full in the next Newsletter.
The Funeral Service and Committal will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium on Friday 11th November 2016 at 11am, and afterwards at the Leyland Hotel, Leyland. Donations may be made to St Catherine's Hospice, c/o the Funeral Director (Messrs B Livesey Ltd, 01257 262602).
A multi-talented man, Jim became an Architect and Campus Planner. His work lives on in the USA, as well as in Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Vietnam. A devoted family man with three children and five grandchildren, he was married to his wife Eva for 61 years. A private interment took place last week in his adopted hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Jim left PGS to be articled to the Town Clerk of Preston. During the War he served with the 3rd (Queen Alexandra's Own) Gurkha Rifles in India and Burma, and afterwards with the War Crimes Section of the Judge Advocate General's Department in Germany. He qualified as a Solicitor (later graduating in Law) and worked for various Corporations (including Preston), before gaining the unexpected privilege of being the last Town Clerk of Crosby, the result of Local Government re-organisation. Following this he was appointed the Borough Solicitor and Secretary of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, from which position he retired in 1983, becoming a part-time Chairman of Industrial and Social Security Tribunals. He remained as a resident of Blundellsands on Merseyside but as time passed by it became more problematic for him to drive to Preston to attend Association meetings and events. However, whilst we saw less of him, he remained very involved and approachable and we stayed in touch, with him being of great help to me personally in some of my research projects. He will be sadly missed by us all.
The Funeral will be held at Southport Crematorium on Tuesday 12th January at 2pm. There will be a Reception afterwards at the Blundellsands Classic in Crosby (L23 6BA), commencing at around 3.45pm. Jim's wife would be delighted if anyone he knew from the PGSA were able to attend.The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Jim's wife and family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
John, a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1939 to 1949 and in Miller House, was a long-standing Member of the Association, and indeed the Executive Council having been President as far back as 1972-1973. Uniquely he had the honour (and was in turn honoured) to serve for a second time as President in 2008-2009, the Centenary Year of the Association, which climaxed in a very successful Annual Dinner, attracting 126 Guests (it could have been more had John got his wish to invite ladies!) and over £2,600 in donations. John, a true gentleman so steeped in the lifeblood of the Association, will be long-remembered and in effect will be irreplaceable.
Professionally, on leaving School, John became a Stockbroker in the firm of Swindells, Brandwood and Garstang on Winckley Square He remained through several changes of name, the business still surviving as Hedley Stockbrokers. Away from work (if he ever was) he had many honours and commitments. He was a dedicated Freemason (with the PGS Portcullis Lodge amongst others), a former Trustee of the Shepherd Street Trust (Mission and Children’s Home), a member of the Select Vestry at Preston Minster and a long-standing Chairman of the Friends of the Harris. In addition to many other committees John was also a Freeman and Out Burgess of the City of Preston, so it is not just PGSA which has lost a great friend and supporter, it is, on the wider scale, the City of Preston itself. Indeed a huge loss to us all.
The funeral arrangements will be published early in the New Year. In the meantime my thoughts and best wishes and those of the Association go out to Jackie and his family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
You will all have different reasons for remembering John. When I first met him in 1965 he was a young, fresh-faced teacher with a modern approach, who had attended Bristol Grammar School and was a recent graduate of Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He had enlisted at Preston Grammar School to teach English and Social Sciences (which aroused a great deal of curiosity!), and in fact took me for A-level General Studies, which by then had become an academic requirement as an adjunct to all the usual subjects. My first (and lasting) impression of him was that he engaged his pupils with a great deal of humour and respect, and that his pupils became students. The discussions he facilitated were typically rather lively, and I still recall several, as will others! He remembered his pupils/students across the years, and stayed in touch with many, myself included.
When the School officially closed in 1969, John, in common with many of his colleagues, transferred to the staff of the new Sixth Form College, which later became W R Tuson College and then Preston College, where he remained as an English Lecturer until he retired. At the same time he travelled quite widely, included a keen interest in photography amongst his hobbies, and in keeping with his public spiritedness later became a Justice of the Peace in Preston.
Whilst some of you will remember John as a teacher or teaching colleague, most of you will know that he preceded me as Secretary of the Association, a position he held for several years after having been a Member of the Executive Council. It is fair to say that he accepted this position at a very difficult time (there being no other takers!), and without him, Colin Foster and a couple of others, the Association would have folded long ago. Instead it continues to thrive, with John having remained on the Executive Council in an advisory role. For this we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. In particular I shall miss his friendly, helpful, attentive and 'raconteur' manner of going about life.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, The Moorings (off Church Street), Garstang on Thursday 17th December 2015 at 2.30pm. Members and Old Boys are welcome to attend. My thoughts and the thoughts of the Association go out to his lovely wife Anna, his sons Andrew and Dugald and their wives, the rest of his family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
There will be a Requiem Mass at St Wilfrid's Church, Chapel Street, Preston on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 12.15pm, followed by committal at Preston Crematorium. All will be welcome. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Alan's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
On leaving PGS Gordon went to work for Preston Corporation until December 1941, when he joined up for service in the Royal Navy. a telegrapher aboard the cruiser HMS Kenya as part of the eastern fleet escorting convoys and troopships. After the War Gordon moved south to Kent, where he lived for over 60 years.
The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Gordon's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
Keith's career path led him to the Chairmanship of the BDP, and when he retired in 1994 it was a very large and robust Company. The buildings he created in his time with BDP received over 30 architectural design awards, and his professional achievements were recognised with a CBE in 1989.
Keith had a deep appreciation of classical music, and for over 40 years he promoted international standard recitals in Preston, attracting hundreds of world-famous artists to play in the City. He was also a published author, perhaps his best-known work being "Travels with an Architect", a collection of 500 sketches drawn all around the world over a period of more than 50 years.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Minster Church of St John The Evangelist, Preston, on Friday 31st July 2015 at 11.00am, followed by interment. There will also be a Memorial Service to celebrate Keith's life on Friday 4th September 2015, at 2.30pm, again at the Minster.
The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Keith's family, friends and colleagues (many of whom were Old Boys) at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
As an undergraduate and almost by accident, he regularly turned out for Liverpool Reserves, alongside the likes of Ted McDougal and Phil Boersma, and whilst he only played for fun he obviously caught the eye of the legendary Manager Bill Shankly, as he was persuaded to turn professional in 1968. With a nod to University Challenge he became known as "Little Bamber" to Steve Heighway's "Big Bamber".
Brian played 224 times for Liverpool between April 1969 and April 1976, scoring 21 times. He lined up with many illustrious names such as Tommy Smith, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and others, not forgetting Preston's Peter Thompson. One of his goals was the winner in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final, but he only received a loser's medal as Arsenal completed the League and FA Cup double. He did, however, go on to win the Cup Final with Liverpool in 1974, and they also won both the League Title and the UEFA Cup in 1973 and 1976. Quite some record. Brian went on to play for Plymouth Argyle and Burnley before he eventually returned to Liverpool FC in 1991 to head the Public Relations Department, a role he held until he retired in 2011 for health reasons. The tributes on the Liverpool FC Website and elsewhere are tantamount to the esteem in which he was held.
I had the pleasure of knowing and playing football with Brian, and I also had the pleasure of watching his career blossom. He was often in touch with either the Association or the Football Club, and indeed he played in the game that won the First DivisionChampionship for the Old Boys in 1964 (although technically he wasn't yet one!). He would occasionally present cups or give speeches at events, and he always had a wealth of anecdotes about Bill Shankly and other characters and happenings. In sum he will be missed by us all.
The funeral service will take place at the Longridge Parish Church of St Lawrence this Friday, the 24th of July 2015, at 10.30am, prior to committal at Preston Crematorium. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Brian's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
The Funeral Service will take place at Preston Crematorium on Monday 13th July at 14.30h. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Derrick's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
The Funeral Service and interment will take place at St James' Church, Whitechapel, on Friday 3rd July at 11.00h. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to John's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington
The funeral service will take place at Preston Crematorium this Friday, 15th May 2015, at 4.00pm, and it is expected to be well-attended. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Alex's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
The Funeral Service and committal will take place at Preston Crematorium this Friday, May 8th, at 1pm. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to John's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.
Apologies for this very short notice, but the Funeral Service will be held tomorrow (Tuesday 20th January) at 3pm at St James Church, Lostock Hall. This will be followed by Committal at Preston Crematorium. Inquiries can be made to Ian Wilde Independent Funeral Directors, 211 Station Road, Bamber Bridge PR5 6LD (Tel: 01772 902345). The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.