Staff and Pupils of Laindon High Road School

The 1958 photograph

By Ian Mott

Who are they and where are they now?

1 Gerald Ludlow23 Alan Marchant45 Robert (Bob) Bonnett
6 Nigel flashman7 Alan Newton?9 Edward Markin10
11 Alan Davies12 Howard Webb13 Eric Chapple14 Terry Reynolds15 Raymond Cooper
16 1718 Geoffrey Wood19 John Lindsey20 David Blackwell?
21 2223 Brian Thompson24 Terry Venner25 
26 Paul Robson27 Michael Newson28 Geoffrey Cochrane29 Keith English30 Richard Haines

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Staff and Pupils of Laindon High Road School' page

31 32 John Curtin33 Errol Grundy34 Terry Mills35 R Collings
36 37 John Chapman?38 Michael Venables39 Kelvin Higgs40 Robert MacMaster
41 Mickey Bryan 42 Peter Collison43 44 Mick Mobley45 George Le Surf
46 47 Malcolm Shrimpton 48 Graham Todd49 50 Geoff Simmonds
5152 Peter Griffiths ?53 Mick Blackery54 55 Larry Clark
56 John Biggs    

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I recall that Frank Flint was friends with a guy called Tony Matthews. They were into drape jackets at the time. Also Brian Stepney had a drape and I remember one Saturday in WH Smiths in Basildon when they were listening to 'Rip it Up' in one of the booths, long after the record was a hit. By that time The Ronettes were in the chart so I guess the rockers hadn't moved on.

By Richard Haines
On 13/09/2015

Hi Richard.  I lived down Martingale Avenue as did Frank Flint. He still lives there. You are right about Tony Matthews, he still lives locally.  I have not heard anything about Brian Stepney.  

By Alan Taylor
On 04/12/2015

Chris Hudspeth is not in the 1958 Autumn Term photo because he came to LHR during the following school terms. Also Bobby Bonnett is identified as number 5 above by Patsy Mott.

By Richard Haines
On 25/09/2015

There were several pupils absent on the day the photo was taken including at least two from my class.  There are still many ‘rockers’ around these days.  We went to see Marty Wilde at Towngate Theatre last week.  There were several in the audience – men of our generation with quiffs and DAs (those that still have some hair left that is).  The music is the essence and Marty can still produce its magic even though he is 76.  His group ‘The Wildcats’ were also as brilliant as ever – they had us standing up and ‘rockin’.            

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 13/09/2015

Yo Rich, Tony Matthews is no.18 page 11. I have scanned, searched, examined all pages and can't find Frank Flint either. I would have expected to find him not far from Tony as they were inseparable even after having left school. Guess Fankie was playing hookie? Rockers didn't have the same urgency as Mods to move on what with fashions and dance moves changing every week. Great days and the Ronettes great sounds. 

By Donald Joy
On 13/09/2015

Hi Donald. I cannot see Frankie Flint.  He still lives in Martingale Avenue. We were good mates.  Alan Webster also lived in the Avenue.

By Alan Taylor
On 07/09/2015

Couple more missing names: Frankie Flint & David Church. Just the names but they must be in there somewhere?

By Donald Joy
On 06/09/2015

Yet another missing name, this time a girl Janice Marlborough.  She lived at Dunton Caravan Park which I remember vividly as I walked her home one time (my first abortive attempt to be a Casanova). We walked for what seemed miles, all the while getting further away from my home. Along narrow concrete paths no more than a foot wide and these were the good bits. We finally arrived at her place, said "see you tomorrow" and then came the hard bit, finding my way back to continue my normal journey home. On arriving home, very late, I told Mum I'd been kept in at school for being naughty - she had no trouble believing that! Didn't bother with girls for a long time after that.

By Donald Joy
On 26/08/2015

Can't help with the identification, but maybe it will trigger someone to recall. Raymond Broom, Geoffrey Schroder, Bobby Bonnet, John Holloway, Christopher Hudspeth just a few names that appear to be missing.  Can't identify them in the photos, can you?

By Donald Joy
On 23/08/2015

No. 9 is my brother-in-law Edward (Ted) Markin.

By Peter Long
On 23/06/2014

Hi Nina you are right Mick had a sister called Gwen, I can remember they lived in a bungalow right in the sticks, thanks.

By Alan Taylor
On 16/04/2013

Peter Griffiths was not at the school in 1958, he started in 1959 and was in my classes through to 1964. I can see the likeness though, perhaps a brother?

By Eric Pasco
On 08/04/2013

No 42 is Peter Collison

By Brian cordell
On 04/04/2013

I think 52 could be Peter Grithis [not sure of spelling]

By Chris Markin
On 03/04/2013

I hadn’t heard of the spinney, so checked in the Electoral Register and found that Gwen and Mick Mobley lived with their parents in a bungalow called ‘Joyville’, on the unmade road ‘Bourne Avenue’ which was situated at the far north of Devonshire Road. Bourne Avenue was ‘made-up’ during the sixties.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 03/04/2013

Thanks Alan. Mick Mobley's sister was Gwen. She was in the same year as me and appears on page 3, No. 57. Cheers.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 28/03/2013

No 6 Nigel Flashman rip

By Brian Cordell
On 28/03/2013

Hi Nina; number 44 is Mick Mobley you are right he had a nickname of Jonah he lived in the spinney which was right up Durham Road. I think he had a sister I do not no her name.

By Alan Taylor
On 27/03/2013

Hi Linda; 15 is my cousin Ray Cooper, and he is cousins with Janet and Colin Markin, Regards

By Chris Markin
On 27/03/2013

Hi Linda no 15 is Raymond Cooper, and he did have a elder brother Gary Alan.

By Alan Taylor
On 26/03/2013

No 40 on page 12 is shown as Steven White and I still think 15 on this page is one of the COOPER brothers - I think this is Raymond and he had a brother Gary. As mentioned above they were cousins of Colin & Janet Markham

By Linda French (Née Stenson)
On 23/02/2013

Could No 7 possibly be Alan Newton?

By Robin Lockhart
On 26/09/2012

No. 44. Nickname 'Jonah'. I can't recall his real name.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 25/09/2012

With the Olympics going on now I cast my mind back to those sports days in LHR where we were just as keen then on our own heroes in our school. 

In July 1959 I can recall the greatest sports day in all my time at the school. There was one particular duel between Terry Venner and Alan Castle, it may have been the mile or one of the other fairly long distance races. I think Alan came out the winner but Terry really looked the part, a tall guy who we as first years looked up to. A happy day going well into the evening. Brilliant times. 

I was at the Excel Centre this week to see another of my favourite Olympic events, table tennis, took me back to those Laindon youth club evenings learning that game and becoming really good at it, but those guys doing it now are awesome.

By Richard Haines
On 06/08/2012

Hi Andrea. I recognise No 15 but maybe the wrong name came to my mind. Unless there is more than one with that name of course. Hopefully we will eventually find out for sure. Best wishes.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 05/06/2012

Hi Nina, re number 15 you said Stephen White. I don't think it is him because he was dark and in my year at school (older!!!). Incidentally Steve was at Ken Page's reunion at Manor Mission and we had quite a chat with him. He must be reading this so perhaps he will confirm?? (Got to say the lovely black hair is now a lovely silver - still thick!).

By Andrea
On 05/06/2012

No 15. Steven White?

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 05/06/2012

Roger Wicking still @ 1957 Family Home in Basildon. Enjoyed putting sugar in Seaman's noddy bike phut!

By Roger Wicking
On 14/02/2012

28 Geoffrey Cochrane

By Richard Haines
On 04/02/2012

No. 15 I think this may be one of the Cooper Brothers possibly Gary - When we first moved to Laindon we lived in Devonshire Rd and they lived next door. They were cousins of Colin Markham shown identified at 26 on Page 9 - Colin also had a sister Janet Markham but I haven't found her yet amongst the names/photos.

By Linda French (Stenson)
On 24/01/2012

11 Alan Davies, 13 Eric Chapple

By Peter Whiting
On 16/12/2011

3 is Alan Marchant (my brother)

By Ken Marchant
On 28/11/2011

No 39 is Kelvin Higgs.

By Thelma Young (née Talbot)
On 27/11/2011

I still have both original photos and one of the cardboard tubes [1958] they were priced at 4 bob each 20p in your money now,we certainly werent wealthy but considered that these momentos were well worth the money at the time. I have cherished mine over the past fifty odd years and my wife has finally mounted them in a class case for me, they have pride of place in my computer room and Ive reproduced them for Josie Morris [Bowen] and Chrissy Hutchins [Oliver]. Regards to you all, Ken Page, Victoria Australia.

By Ken Page
On 09/11/2011

Just a footnote on this photo. If I am correct, I was late getting back from lunch that day in October 1958, I remember joining Keith English and getting into a higher location than most of the first year children who were mainly down on the ground and already in position. I can clearly recall the photographer taking the shot and the sense of occasion with all the school present, fantastic. I never did get a copy of the original photo but I remember they were expensive and came in a cardboard tube. My brother Rob was born in December 1958 so I imagine my parents were careful in spending at the time, already having the expense of myself and brother Phil and a brand new house. Nevertheless, brilliant times!!

By Richard Haines
On 08/11/2011

No. 20. David Blackwell?

By Nina Burton
On 07/11/2011

Last one Eh? 56 is John Biggs and I think 3 is ALAN Marchant. Great Job Ian well done.

By Ken Page
On 07/11/2011

No 26 is Paul Robson

By Valerie Kingsley (Boatwright)
On 06/11/2011

No 38. Michael Venables

By Nina Humphrey(nee Burton)
On 06/11/2011

40 Robert McMaster

By Richard Haines
On 05/11/2011

No. 3 - Marchant (Alan or David ?) No. 14 - Terry Reynolds No. 32 - John Curtin No. 33 - Errol Grundy No. 34 - Terry Mills (RIP) No. 35 - R Collings (?) No. 37 - Is that John Chapman? No. 47 - Malcolm Shrimpton

By Andrea
On 04/11/2011

5 Robert Bonnett 19 John Lindsey. 28 Geofrey Cockrane 27 Michael Newson 22 Terry Venner

By Patsy Mott
On 04/11/2011

12. Howard Webb 18. Geoffrey Wood 23. Brian Thompson 24. Terry Venner 27. Michael Newson 45. George Le Surf

By Nina Humphrey (nee Burton)
On 04/11/2011

29 Keith English 30 Richard Haines 39 Brian Stepney 48 Graham Todd 41 Mickey Bryan 50 Geoff Simmons 53 Mick Blackery 55 Larry Clark

By Richard Haines
On 04/11/2011
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