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The above photo was received by Valerie Scurlock (née Newman) from David Hodgson, and Valerie kindly submitted it for publishing on the Archive. It may have been taken on the same day as the other Laindon Park County Dance photo previously published on this website. (Certainly the same gingham outfits). It’s thought to have taken place in 1957 on the playing field of Markham’s Chase School – the building on the left – probably a classroom. Also the white stripe on the grass in front of the children – probably the running track.
Below are the names of some of those in the photo. Can anyone provide the names of the others?
Top row of teachers: Mrs Hodgson, Mrs Hughes, Mr Eric Rand
Back row: Keith English, Johnny Wilson, ——-, ——–, David Newman, ——– David Hodgson, ——,——-,Ian Wakefield,Howard Davies,——,——-.
Middle row.: —–,—–,Wendy Robertson, Janet Smithers, ——,—–,Jaqui Shepherd, ——,——
Front Row: Linda Brazier, Christine McCarthy, Janice Brown, Carol Hudson, ——-, Pat Barnard.
Johnny Wilson was a son of Mr Wilson, Headmaster of Laindon Park School, his mother was also a teacher at the school and David Hodgson’s mother was also a teacher there. It is thought that Johnny Wilson was about two years older than David Newman and David Hodgson, so that gives an idea of the ages.