Guardian Through Your Archives Early Gleed School memories

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JOHN Fox, of Clover Way, Spalding, was one of the first pupils to attend the Gleed Boys’ School after it opened and can still remember the words he spoke in the play staged there in about 1941.

John, who is pictured on the back row with the other soldiers and fellow pupils who were performing in the play about the Norman Conquest, believes the words stuck because he repeated them to achieve the right inflection.

John’s memories of the war-time schooling include the fact that windows were covered in netting to prevent the glass shattering in case of bombing and some of his class mates were evacuees from London.

“They were good times,” he said. “We were aware of the war going on and had several from London with us.”

John left school and worked for the pork butcher Scuffhams until he joined the RAF. When he returned to civilian life John went back to the same company, and was there for about 30 years all together, before transferring to Adams when it closed down.