Preston Grammar School Association


Obituaries

James Bryson
Jim Bryson, who lived most of his life in Deepdale, passed away on Thursday 31st August 2017, aged just 67, having been ill for some time. He always revered his time at Preston Grammar School (Goodair, 1961-1968) and was a great supporter of the Association, helping out wherever and whenever he could, and being a Member of the Executive Council for many years. He facilitated PGSA visits to the Fulwood Barracks Museum and was famous for his wry sense of humour as well as for always turning up to meetings with an ample supply of toffees and/or cakes and biscuits (and an occasional bottle of ale), no doubt originating from his close relationship with Sainsburys just across the road!

Jim spent the whole of his working life in the Communications Department of the Ministry of Defence at Fulwood Barracks, apart from a short a short spell in the Falkland Islands following the 1982 War. However he was best known for his work in local amateur football league circles, devoting nearly fifty years of his life to the Lancashire Sunday League. As well as being Promotions Secretary and Fixtures Secretary he was also a referee (as the result of a broken leg playing), and he became the Referees' Secretary, a position he held for over forty years until his illness. In this role he was selfless and indefatigable, and it was very rare that a match went ahead without a qualified official. As he didn't drive he also had to travel to matches by public transport if he couldn't get a lift! It was no surprise when in 2008 he attained the Football Association Outstanding Service to Refereeing Award. Since his passing tributes have arrived in abundance, and he has been described in the Lancashire Post as "one of Preston's favourite footballing sons" and "one of the biggest characters and most dedicated servants within the local football community."

Jim will be missed by all who knew him. The funeral service will be held at the Fulwood Barracks Chapel at 2pm on Tuesday 19th September 2017, followed by the committal at Preston Crematorium. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his wife Anne, daughters Rachael and Elizabeth, and his friends and colleagues past and present at this very sad time.

Edward Dewhurst
Edward 'Ted' Dewhurst who was affectionately known as "Dickie", passed away on Tuesday 12th September 2017, at the good age of 95 following a long illness. He taught Maths at the Grammar School from just after the end of the War until the School officially closed in 1969, and beyond that at the College. Being a private man and living his later years in Silverdale he didn't take an active part in the Association, but he was certainly well-remembered by many Members who would send me their memories of him, some of which were published in various Newsletters.

As well as being private he was also a very sensitive man. Not surprisingly for someone of his nature and being a mathematician, he was an accomplished pianist, a skill which he rarely demonstrated at School. He was, however, very happy to share his ready wit within the confines of the classroom and beyond, which probably led to an ever-present element of disruptive behaviour amongst unruly boys (I was one of them). He was famous for his 'impots', which normally consisted of twelve sides, but which could easily be doubled and doubled again if the behaviour didn't cease (and 48 sides takes some doing!). He also had nicknames for most people which often stuck, which is how "Charlie" originated. In 3B there were two lads called Morris, and of course they became "Major" and "Minor". Hanslip became "Gymslip" and so on.

Away from the tomfoolery he was a very fine Maths teacher, and he is remembered with great affection. It is not widely known that he was also a regular at School Camp, and whilst he often led the juniors, there is the famous record of him returning from a more advanced outing on Jack's Rake (Pavey Ark) minus his hair and his fingernails! He was no mean cook either in the Schoolhouse at Nether Wasdale, the texture and taste of his porridge being legendary.

For a man so private he was so outgoing in company. The last time I (Charlie Billington) saw him in person was at Len 'Skip' Berryman's funeral a few years ago, and his affable mood on that day surprised even the gentleman who looked after him in his later years, David Brockbank. He will live on in memory.

The funeral service and committal will take place at Beetham Hall Crematorium, Beetham (a few miles north of Lancaster) on Monday 2nd October 2017, at 3.30pm. If you intend to go it would be very helpful for the arrangements if you would let me know beforehand. In the meantime the thoughts of the Association go out to his relatives, friends and former colleagues.

Keith Nightingale
Keith Nightingale passed away on Tuesday 19th September 2017, at the age of 83. Keith was a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1945 to 1952, and was in Goodair House. A lifelong Member of the Association, he had not been well for some time, but until very recently had never let this stop him from attending PGSA meetings, functions and events.

He was elected President of the Association in 1994 and thereafter remained totally committed to the Executive Council and the activities of the Association. He was especially supportive of my colleagues and myself when we were "new to the game" in 2006. As Chairman of the Board of Governors at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College he was instrumental in the setting up and maintaining of the annual visits to the old School building, and in connection with his professional Health and Safety work he facilitated the first (resurrected) golf tournament. In short he devoted much to the Association and will be greatly missed.

The Funeral Service will be held at St Ambrose Church, Leyland on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at 3pm. This will be followed by a Private Committal at Charnock Richard Crematorium. In the meantime the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his wife Aileen, and his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

Flt Lt William Henry Heane DFC
Bill Heane, who lived in the Chipping/Bilsborrow area, passed away on Wednesday 11th January 2017, aged 93. He was a relative newcomer to the Association and found it difficult to attend events, but he was always happy to lend his support. He attended Preston Grammar School between 1931 and 1938 and was in Harris House. At the moment the Association has no further details.

Michael Frederick "Mike" Tyrer
Although Mike had lived in Fareham, Hampshire, for well over ten years, he maintained his house in Ashton and was a regular visitor to Preston, having been a long-term Member of the Association. Indeed, he served as President in 2007/08 and regularly attended meetings of the Executive Council. He organised the London Section for many years, only giving up through mobility issues, and last May he was elected Treasurer, a position he served with honour right until the end.

Mike's period at Preston Grammar School was from 1949 to 1956, and he was in Miller House. He had arrived from St. Andrew's School in Ashton, where he had been a chorister. He was a keen rugby player, and kept up with many sports, notably cricket, following the England Team around the world. He was a Member of the Preston Hockey and Cricket Clubs as well as Lancashire CC. Mike also enjoyed playing golf and was often to be seen on courses with Tony Olivine before his move to Fareham. Away from sport Mike was well-known in Masonic circles, his father having at one time founded a Lodge.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday 31st January, at 2pm in the United Reformed Church, Osborne Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG, and afterwards at the Fareham Masonic Hall, Queen's Road, Fareham PO16 0NN.

Mike will be sadly missed, not just by the Association but also by the many who knew him. Our thoughts go out to Sheila and his family, and his friends and colleagues past and present at this very sad time.

William Charles Stansfield
passed away, at the age of 75, on Friday 2nd December 2016. The Funeral Service took place on Monday 5th December at l'Église Saint Gimer in Carcassonne, where he had been resident for many years.

Bill was at School from 1952 to 1959, and was in Harris House. He was a renowned and very popular academic and sportsman, who joined the Association several years ago, becoming a regular contributor to the Newsletter and featuring in others' reminiscences. He was obviously held in great esteem and affection. Poor health always precluded him from attending Annual Dinners, much to his regret. Living in France he particularly missed hot pot! He was also in regular contact with several other Old Boys, of whom a number have expressed shock and sadness and forwarded some memories to share. These will be included in the next edition of the New Hoghtonian which will be published in the New Year.

In the meantime the thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Bill's wife Janine, and his family, friends and colleagues at this sad and unfortunate time.

Dr Norman Cross MB ChB
passed away on Saturday 17th September 2016 at the age of 86. The Funeral and Thanksgiving were held in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, on 30th September 2016. Norman attended Preston Grammar School from 1940 to 1948 (two years behind his brother Fred), and was in Miller House. He joined the Association around ten years ago, and remained in touch via correspondence and the Newsletters.

His widow Barbara has sent a summary of Norman's life to the Secretary and it will be published in full in the next Newsletter.

Francis (Frank) Pearson
passed away on Tuesday 1st November 2016, at the age of 72. He was a pupil of Preston Grammar School between 1955 and 1961 and was in Goodair House. A relative latecomer to the Association, he regularly attended events and indeed won the Skill Prize at the 2015 Bowling Competition. He will be greatly missed on future social occasions.

The Funeral Service and Committal will be held at Charnock Richard Crematorium on Friday 11th November 2016 at 11am, and afterwards at the Leyland Hotel, Leyland. Donations may be made to St Catherine's Hospice, c/o the Funeral Director (Messrs B Livesey Ltd, 01257 262602).

Norman James Thomas
passed away on Wednesday 11th May 2016, just three weeks before his 91st birthday. He lived in Thornton Cleveleys. He attended Preston Grammar School between 1936 and 1941, and was in Harris House. Towards the end of the Second World War he was briefly in the RAF before making accountancy his career. He became the Accountant for the Football League and then a Life Member on his retirement in 1990. He kept in touch with the Association via the Newsletter (which he always looked forward to receiving), and last exchanged correspondence with the Association just a few months ago.

Peter Richard ("Dick") Wilkinson
who was born in 1926, and who was fortunate enough to live in Ulpha, Cumbria, passed away on Saturday 30th July 2016. He was at PGS from 1938 to 1944 and was in Miller House. Although he was a retired Forestry Commission worker, he studied Classics, Old English and Old Norse at Cambridge University, and developed a lifelong fascination with the number of words and phrases in English that had acquired their meanings through metaphor. He started to note and collect them, and the end result was "The Concise Thesaurus of Traditional English Metaphors", in which he pulled together a lifetime of work on dialect and metaphor to give an overview of the folk wisdom communicated in figurative expressions. Drawn on his extensive experience of rural cultures and dialects, it is a mighty tome which has been revised and republished several times and is available to view on the internet as an eBook.

James Anthony Paddock
The death has been announced of James Anthony Paddock, at the age of 87, in the USA, on Thursday 11th August 2016. Born in Liverpool, Jim always described himself as having been brought up in Preston, “an old cotton-mill town in the north west of England". At the age of eleven he started at Preston Grammar School and was there from 1940 to 1945, and in Goodair House. He joined the Association after finding the Website, notably providing some humorous yet poignant recollections for the Newsletter, many of which involved another Old Boy - the late Don Steele. He was also very skilled at creating cartoon caricatures, one of which is in the possession of the Association.

A multi-talented man, Jim became an Architect and Campus Planner. His work lives on in the USA, as well as in Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Vietnam. A devoted family man with three children and five grandchildren, he was married to his wife Eva for 61 years. A private interment took place last week in his adopted hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Peter McGunnigle
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Peter McGunnigle, at the age of 87, on Thursday 24th March 2016. He was a pupil of Preston Grammar School between 1941 and 1946 and was in Harris House. As a long-standing member of the Association, he was always to be seen at the Annual Dinner, where there will very definitely be an empty seat next year. The Funeral will be held at Preston Crematorium at 2.30pm on Monday 4th April 2016, to be followed by a Reception at Penwortham Golf Club. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Peter's wife Jill, and his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

James R M Heppell
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of James R M (Jim) Heppell, at the age of 93, on Monday 28th December 2015. A pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1932 to 1939 and in Miller House, Jim was a long-standing Member of the Association, serving on the Executive Council before, during and after his period as President from 1997 to 1998. He was a stalwart of Annual Dinners and other events, and, of course, he will always be remembered for his book "The History of Preston Grammar School" (1996), which had a subscription list of 244 names, such was the demand. It remains a unique record of a much-loved institution and way of life.

Jim left PGS to be articled to the Town Clerk of Preston. During the War he served with the 3rd (Queen Alexandra's Own) Gurkha Rifles in India and Burma, and afterwards with the War Crimes Section of the Judge Advocate General's Department in Germany. He qualified as a Solicitor (later graduating in Law) and worked for various Corporations (including Preston), before gaining the unexpected privilege of being the last Town Clerk of Crosby, the result of Local Government re-organisation. Following this he was appointed the Borough Solicitor and Secretary of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, from which position he retired in 1983, becoming a part-time Chairman of Industrial and Social Security Tribunals. He remained as a resident of Blundellsands on Merseyside but as time passed by it became more problematic for him to drive to Preston to attend Association meetings and events. However, whilst we saw less of him, he remained very involved and approachable and we stayed in touch, with him being of great help to me personally in some of my research projects. He will be sadly missed by us all.

The Funeral will be held at Southport Crematorium on Tuesday 12th January at 2pm. There will be a Reception afterwards at the Blundellsands Classic in Crosby (L23 6BA), commencing at around 3.45pm. Jim's wife would be delighted if anyone he knew from the PGSA were able to attend.The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Jim's wife and family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

John Brandwood
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of John Brandwood, at the age of 85, on Saturday 19th December 2015. Although he had been periodically ill for some time, when I last spoke to him a few weeks ago he was still passionately interested in the activities of the Preston Grammar School Association, which typified the man. He never ceased to support me as Secretary, and even latterly, with the help of his family, he strove to attend as many events as he could. Inevitably it was poignant to be in the company of John at the Annual Remembrance Service, his brother Frank Bertram (PGS 1928-1936) having been killed whilst flying a Mosquito with the Bomber Command in 1944 (he is entered on he PGS Roll of Honour at Preston Minster).

John, a pupil of Preston Grammar School from 1939 to 1949 and in Miller House, was a long-standing Member of the Association, and indeed the Executive Council having been President as far back as 1972-1973. Uniquely he had the honour (and was in turn honoured) to serve for a second time as President in 2008-2009, the Centenary Year of the Association, which climaxed in a very successful Annual Dinner, attracting 126 Guests (it could have been more had John got his wish to invite ladies!) and over £2,600 in donations. John, a true gentleman so steeped in the lifeblood of the Association, will be long-remembered and in effect will be irreplaceable.

Professionally, on leaving School, John became a Stockbroker in the firm of Swindells, Brandwood and Garstang on Winckley Square He remained through several changes of name, the business still surviving as Hedley Stockbrokers. Away from work (if he ever was) he had many honours and commitments. He was a dedicated Freemason (with the PGS Portcullis Lodge amongst others), a former Trustee of the Shepherd Street Trust (Mission and Children’s Home), a member of the Select Vestry at Preston Minster and a long-standing Chairman of the Friends of the Harris. In addition to many other committees John was also a Freeman and Out Burgess of the City of Preston, so it is not just PGSA which has lost a great friend and supporter, it is, on the wider scale, the City of Preston itself. Indeed a huge loss to us all.

The funeral arrangements will be published early in the New Year. In the meantime my thoughts and best wishes and those of the Association go out to Jackie and his family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

John Edgar Paterson JP
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of John Edgar Paterson JP, at the age of 73, on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. He had been ill for some time, and it has to be said that throughout his illness he maintained a rare courage and dignity, even a sense of humour, all still evident when I last saw him a few days before his death. On this occasion we had a lengthy and fascinating chat which, given the circumstances was remarkable, but having known John for fifty years, not surprising.

You will all have different reasons for remembering John. When I first met him in 1965 he was a young, fresh-faced teacher with a modern approach, who had attended Bristol Grammar School and was a recent graduate of Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He had enlisted at Preston Grammar School to teach English and Social Sciences (which aroused a great deal of curiosity!), and in fact took me for A-level General Studies, which by then had become an academic requirement as an adjunct to all the usual subjects. My first (and lasting) impression of him was that he engaged his pupils with a great deal of humour and respect, and that his pupils became students. The discussions he facilitated were typically rather lively, and I still recall several, as will others! He remembered his pupils/students across the years, and stayed in touch with many, myself included.

When the School officially closed in 1969, John, in common with many of his colleagues, transferred to the staff of the new Sixth Form College, which later became W R Tuson College and then Preston College, where he remained as an English Lecturer until he retired. At the same time he travelled quite widely, included a keen interest in photography amongst his hobbies, and in keeping with his public spiritedness later became a Justice of the Peace in Preston.

Whilst some of you will remember John as a teacher or teaching colleague, most of you will know that he preceded me as Secretary of the Association, a position he held for several years after having been a Member of the Executive Council. It is fair to say that he accepted this position at a very difficult time (there being no other takers!), and without him, Colin Foster and a couple of others, the Association would have folded long ago. Instead it continues to thrive, with John having remained on the Executive Council in an advisory role. For this we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. In particular I shall miss his friendly, helpful, attentive and 'raconteur' manner of going about life.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, The Moorings (off Church Street), Garstang on Thursday 17th December 2015 at 2.30pm.  Members and Old Boys are welcome to attend. My thoughts and the thoughts of the Association go out to his lovely wife Anna, his sons Andrew and Dugald and their wives, the rest of his family, and his friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

Alan Sheridan
I recently notified you that Alan Sheridan (Miller, 1945-1950) had experienced a fall and was seriously injured. Sadly he did not recover and he passed away in Royal Blackburn Hospital, aged 81, on Monday 17th August 2015. Alan was a long-standing Member of the Association and we had quite a lot of contact over the years.

There will be a Requiem Mass at St Wilfrid's Church, Chapel Street, Preston on Tuesday 1st September 2015 at 12.15pm, followed by committal at Preston Crematorium. All will be welcome. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Alan's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

Gordon Shadlock
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Gordon Shadlock, at the age of 92, Monday Preston Grammar School in the 1930s (probably around 1934 to 1939), but we have no record of his House. He had, however, been a proud Life Member of the Association since 1944.

On leaving PGS Gordon went to work for Preston Corporation until December 1941, when he joined up for service in the Royal Navy. a telegrapher aboard the cruiser HMS Kenya as part of the eastern fleet escorting convoys and troopships. After the War Gordon moved south to Kent, where he lived for over 60 years.

The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Gordon's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

(Norman) Keith Scott CBE
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of (Norman) Keith Scott CBE, at the age of 88, on Sunday 26th July 2015. Keith, a pupil at PGS from around 1938 to 1945 and in Miller House, was a Member of the Association for many years and until recently had always attended the Annual Dinner, sitting at the 'Architects' Table'. Keith of course was himself a very successful Architect. On leaving PGS he obtained degrees from Liverpool University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before leaving for America Keith had done some work for Sir George Grenfell-Baines and on his return to Preston he was persuaded by 'GG' (as he was known) to become part of what would become the Building Design Partnership, firstly as an Associate Partner and then as a full Partner, following an altercation during which Keith threatened to return to America on a permanent basis with his wife Dorothy!

Keith's career path led him to the Chairmanship of the BDP, and when he retired in 1994 it was a very large and robust Company. The buildings he created in his time with BDP received over 30 architectural design awards, and his professional achievements were recognised with a CBE in 1989.

Keith had a deep appreciation of classical music, and for over 40 years he promoted international standard recitals in Preston, attracting hundreds of world-famous artists to play in the City. He was also a published author, perhaps his best-known work being "Travels with an Architect", a collection of 500 sketches drawn all around the world over a period of more than 50 years.

The Funeral Service will be held at the Minster Church of St John The Evangelist, Preston, on Friday 31st July 2015 at 11.00am, followed by interment. There will also be a Memorial Service to celebrate Keith's life on Friday 4th September 2015, at 2.30pm, again at the Minster.

The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Keith's family, friends and colleagues (many of whom were Old Boys) at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

Brian Hall
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Brian Hall, at the age of 68, Thursday 16th July 2015. Brian, a pupil at PGS from 1958 to 1965 and in Miller House, was a long-standing Member of the Association, and although he had been ill for some time he attended the Hot Pot Supper last November. Many of you will be aware that Brian was a former professional footballer. He never played for Preston North End, but he was on the books until his parents were advised against it by a certain Physics Master. University made more sense, and so after A-levels he went off to Liverpool, not for the football (he was a PNE fan) but to be at the epicentre of the world's music scene.

As an undergraduate and almost by accident, he regularly turned out for Liverpool Reserves, alongside the likes of Ted McDougal and Phil Boersma, and whilst he only played for fun he obviously caught the eye of the legendary Manager Bill Shankly, as he was persuaded to turn professional in 1968. With a nod to University Challenge he became known as "Little Bamber" to Steve Heighway's "Big Bamber".

Brian played 224 times for Liverpool between April 1969 and April 1976, scoring 21 times. He lined up with many illustrious names such as Tommy Smith, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and others, not forgetting Preston's Peter Thompson. One of his goals was the winner in the 1971 FA Cup semi-final, but he only received a loser's medal as Arsenal completed the League and FA Cup double. He did, however, go on to win the Cup Final with Liverpool in 1974, and they also won both the League Title and the UEFA Cup in 1973 and 1976. Quite some record. Brian went on to play for Plymouth Argyle and Burnley before he eventually returned to Liverpool FC in 1991 to head the Public Relations Department, a role he held until he retired in 2011 for health reasons. The tributes on the Liverpool FC Website and elsewhere are tantamount to the esteem in which he was held.

I had the pleasure of knowing and playing football with Brian, and I also had the pleasure of watching his career blossom. He was often in touch with either the Association or the Football Club, and indeed he played in the game that won the First DivisionChampionship for the Old Boys in 1964 (although technically he wasn't yet one!). He would occasionally present cups or give speeches at events, and he always had a wealth of anecdotes about Bill Shankly and other characters and happenings. In sum he will be missed by us all.

The funeral service will take place at the Longridge Parish Church of St Lawrence this Friday, the 24th of July 2015, at 10.30am, prior to committal at Preston Crematorium. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Brian's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

Derrick Archibald Brunt
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Derrick Archibald Brunt, at the age of 87, on Wednesday 1st July 2015. Although no details are held with regard to Derrick's School dates, he must have started around 1938/39 and he was a Life Member of the Association. He was known to be a keen cricketer with a fine reputation, John Whalley remembering him as a very good fast bowler, and he went on to play for Preston Cricket Club.

The Funeral Service will take place at Preston Crematorium on Monday 13th July at 14.30h. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Derrick's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

John Dodson Scambler
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of John Dodson Scambler, at the age of 84, on Monday 22nd June 2015. John, a PGS pupil from 1941 to 1948 and in Harris House, was a long-standing Member of the Association, and until his recent illness he regularly attended Annual Dinners and was a sometime contributor to the Newsletter. After leaving School he became a Veterinary Surgeon, and had a long and successful career, based mainly in Longridge.

The Funeral Service and interment will take place at St James' Church, Whitechapel, on Friday 3rd July at 11.00h. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to John's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington

Alex Whiteside
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Alex Whiteside, at the age of 66, on Sunday 3rd May 2015. Alex, a pupil at PGS from 1960 to 1966 and in Goodair House, joined the Association a couple of years ago and had attended the Annual Dinner in 2014. Alex was a contemporary of mine, and I remember him as a very keen rugby player (we were in the same School and House teams). I believe he had a long association with Preston Grasshoppers and this does not surprise me. We had gone our separate ways since School, but I feel privileged that we had recently renewed our friendship. Thanks, Alex.

The funeral service will take place at Preston Crematorium this Friday, 15th May 2015, at 4.00pm, and it is expected to be well-attended. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to Alex's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

John Trevor Robinson
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of John Trevor Robinson, at the age of 82, on Wednesday 29th April 2015. John, a PGS pupil from 1941 to 1949 and in Thornley House, was a long-standing Member of the Association. He had been one of John Whalley's closest friends from childhood, until they lost touch after going their separate ways and careers on leaving school. As it turned out, he (John Robinson) joined his father's firm of solicitors - John Whittle Robinson & Bailey whose offices were in Cannon Street.

The Funeral Service and committal will take place at Preston Crematorium this Friday, May 8th, at 1pm. The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to John's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

Mark Stephen Barnes
It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the passing of Mark Stephen Barnes ("Barney"), at the age of 61, on Saturday 10th January 2015. Althou not a Member of the Association, Mark was a Preston Grammar School Old Boy, attending the School between 1965 and 1972. He was in Goodair House.

Apologies for this very short notice, but the Funeral Service will be held tomorrow (Tuesday 20th January) at 3pm at St James Church, Lostock Hall. This will be followed by Committal at Preston Crematorium. Inquiries can be made to Ian Wilde Independent Funeral Directors, 211 Station Road, Bamber Bridge PR5 6LD (Tel: 01772 902345). The thoughts and best wishes of the Association go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. Charlie Billington.

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