We few had a great day, exchanged a lot of memories and parted a closer friends.
A photographer from the Folkestone Herald wheeled in and we were arranged like Russian dolls up the staircase for a reunion
snap which will hopefully appear in next week's Herald. Once everyone had been watered, the group was given a tour of the
old dormitories while I waited below in case any other OWs dared turn up (a few more local ones would have been nice)! Then
the group was split into 'Fozzie's Boys' and 'others' and a tour of the buildings after a marvellous song sung by the school
in the hall. I stayed with the Fozzie group and in the loft of Foster House a treasure was rediscovered - the oil painting
of Churchill by Jaffenou! It's going to be repaired and reframed.
|Painted by Jaffenou
Yesterday's Open Day went well with a dozen of us tramping round the school looking at the 21st Century Westbrook House, but
with our minds firmly in 20th Century Westbrook House!
After I'd set up my stall in the front entrance to the school, next to WJs study and two current pupils were stationed
outside to greet the multitude, our first guests arrived in the shape of Charles & Mrs Whitney (he being the author of
'Dover College Junior School, Westbrook House' back in 1982). After briefly perusing my offerings and those of WJ (some artifacts
in a glass case including a mug featuring an athletic Roger De Haan and some Dover College registers etc), the guests were
ushered into WJ's study for soft drinks. Then the rush - Peter Mellor, Stewart Fincham, Richard Beaugie, Dermot Sullivan,
David Carrion, James Francis and Glyn Richmond, followed by Rosemary Rottenbury (a source of much new information and photographs).
Charles Whitney (author of Dover College book).
Very many thanks for arranging such a splendid day last Thursday. Big nostalgia !
I just wish I could have spent more time looking around inside the buildings.
If a floor plan is available I think I could copy and annotate a great number of the rooms as to their use in mid 50's.
Meanwhile attached is an annotated photo of Fencing in '55.
|Submitted by Peter Mellor
|annotated photo of Fencing in '55.
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