SOUTHERN GRAMMAR SCHOOL FOR BOYS PORTSMOUTH 1888-1975

Where are they now? Miscellaneous

 

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News of Old Secundrians - extract from The Secundrian 1948
News of Old Secundrians - extract from The Secundrian 1966. Note the reference to David Taylor who is now the well known TV actor "David Calder"

University Notes: Secundrian extract 1968

News of Old Secundrians - extract from The Secundrian 1974
News of Old Secundrians - extract from The Secundrian 1969

                                                                      Coincidence

A 78 year-old friend and fellow member of my Probus Club, called Peter Griffin, served his National Service in the RAF and while there volunteered/was sent on a course to learn Russian. Who should he meet on the course but Jim Riordan! They became friends and served together listening to Russian intelligence traffic, translating it for the powers that be. After National Service when he joined the big wide world Peter worked at what is now the MOD where he met and formed a friendship with a chap called Ken Jenner.

That friendship remains to this day and Ken paid a visit to Peter in York late last year. Somehow the subject of the PSGS came up as Peter knew that I went to a grammar school in Portsmouth. He asked Ken if he knew me - he didn't any more than I knew him! Peter hadn't realised that there were two State plus one private grammar schools in Portsmouth. Peter went on to say that I knew Jim Riordan, whereupon Ken said that he also knew Jim and they were in the same class at school and, in fact, Jim had attended Ken's wedding in the 1960s.

This merely illustrates that our influence stretches far and wide in that a pensioner from Wakefield (that's on the outskirts of Leeds for the southerners amongst us!!) and currently living in York should independently know 3 Old Secundrians, any two of whom knew one another! What are the odds on that as Leeds is 350 miles from Portsmouth? How many more coincidences like that will involve Old Secundrians, I wonder? For the record, Ken currently lives in Salisbury.

Tony Laurie January 2013

This page last modified on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tony Laurie article re coincidence of meeting Old Sec's in unlikely places. And dear old Jim Riordan's name crops up again (bless him) Ed: We are everywhere - you can't escape us!

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