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Handcross school - Sliding on the ice
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Handcross school - Sliding on the ice

In the years before “global warming” it was usual to have regular snowfalls which enabled pupils of Handcross School to go sliding on the ice in the playground.
I can spot myself in the opening sequence in fourth place wearing a cap. Two places behind me wearing a scarf is, I think, Suzanne Copeland.
At that time, most of the pupils at the school were destined to move to secondary education at around eleven years old. However, such measures had only just been introduced and therefore there was still a significant contingent of older pupils who did not qualify for secondary school and who spent their remaining school years until their 15th birthday.
A couple of the older pupils took part in the final sequence whereby a “pile up” was encouraged by Roger Ray who was filming on his 9.5mm cine camera.
In the light-coloured overcoat is Josephine Housby who was determined not to end up at the bottom of the pile. She waited until the last moment to fling herself on top!
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Picture added on 25 August 2016 at 19:38
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Poor little lads with bare knees. Kids were tough in those days!
Added by Sam Butler (née Gordon) on 27 August 2016
I remember this and can see myself on the slide,
If I remember correctly, Scoey was not too happy that day!
It brings back many memories.
(Scoey was Edward Scofield, headmaster from 1936 to 1957. Barry Ray)
Added by Mick Feist (Canada) on 29 August 2016
Is that Chris Wilkinson centre top?
Added by Ron Cosens on 02 September 2016
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