Spitalgate School boys were behind the memorable picture of ‘human numbers’

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THANK you to all the readers who got in touch following last week’s Memory Lane photograph showing schoolchildren forming giant numbers.

We’ve had a few people get in touch to point out the occasion was the Grantham Borough centenary celebrations.

But a special thank you to Boris Bennett of Greyfriars who has supplied a host of other picture postcards from the same day. Boris was one of the Spitalgate Boys’ School pupils in the pictures.

Boris said: “The occasion of last week’s picture was a re-run of Spitalgate School’s display which had taken place in Wyndham Park playing fields, along with the rest of the town’s schools. The location of these photographs is the London Road football and cricket ground, now sadly lost to a supermarket.

“In the group photo, I think I can recognise a few old mates and also teachers.”

Mrs Bispham, wife of the headmaster at King’s School, is pictured in the centre. She helped train the children for the day.

Back row - (second from left) John Burton(?), (sixth from left) Jeff Blackburn, (12th from left) Len Stafford; second row from back - (first on left) Cyril Pask, (third from left) Dave Healey, (25th from left) Boris Bennett, (26th) Maurice Smith; third row from back - (third from left) Chick Chambers; fourth row - (third from left) Gomer Dixon, (sixth) Kenny Ryder, (18th) Bill McDonald; front row - (23rd from left) Jimmy Beck, (25th) Squib Squires. Teachers - (far left) Bob Jealous, (far right) Mr Appleby and C.J.R. Smith, (centre) headmaster Mr A. Aveling and Mrs Bispham.