Abergele Grammar School old photographs

Does anyone have any group photographs, or know the whereabouts of any, taken during the period 1963-1969 of staff and pupils of the Old Abergele Grammar School please? My recollections of my school years are fast fading and I’m hoping that access to such photos might just jog my memory. Many thanks.

21 thoughts on “Abergele Grammar School old photographs

  1. David Hughes:

    Hi Nigel,I have a few so I’ll post them over the next few days.

    1. Nigel Hilton:

      Great news – thanks David. Look forward to seeing them.

  2. Bryn Jones:

    Hi Nigel. Your grey cells must be older that you !! Remember that class of good boys, Brian Heap, Roger Pemberton, David Round, Gareth Roberts —- Oops my grey cells are going now.
    Check out http://www.silverbirchgolfclub.co.uk and give me a call.

    1. Nigel Hilton:

      Hi Bryn,
      Gosh, yes I remember those names. Brian’s family came from the Macclesfield area originally I believe & I once stayed at their house in Llanddulas. I seem to recall that Roger Pemberton was a gifted footballer at school. Didn’t he go out for a while with the daughter of the family that owned the Jolly Friar chippy? Didn’t David Round’s folks used to own & run Palins Holiday Park near Kinmel Bay? I recall the pair of us getting together there over Chemistry homework on a few occasions. Gareth I also remember. Wasn’t his family from the Moelfre area? What about David Howartson too. I met his younger sister on several occasions through my work in the Midland (HSBC) Bank where she was also staff. Since retiring back to Abergele I’ve also bumped into our old classmates Mavis & Gwyneth around town. Thanks for stirring up my old grey cells from those days.

  3. Richard G Wilson:

    HI. Does anyone know if there is an “old pupils” organisation for Abergele GS? I was there from 1955-62. Thanks, Richard Wilson

  4. liz rooks:

    I have a school photograph taken April 1967,

    1. Nigel Hilton:

      That’s great news. I wonder if Gareth could liaise with you in the hopes we can get it published on here for all to see – always assuming you have no objections to that Liz?

      1. Gareth Morlais:

        I’d be happy to share it with AP readers if you’re game Liz. Feel free to email it to post at abergelepost dotcom

        1. liz rooks:

          hi,what I need is a postal address.

  5. liz rooks:

    If you let me have your address I would be happy to post it, but please return it.

    1. James Bardsley:

      Bryn Jones. Not meteorologist Bryn?!
      Towyn. Half bottles of sherry summertime blues. Father taught at Towyn County Primary,
      Liz Rooks. Did your school photo of ‘67 manifest anywhere? Can’t see it. Would like to see it. ?

  6. Derek Harper:

    I am trying to get in touch with Nigel Hilton
    I attended Abergele Grammer School between Oct 1940/June 1944
    I have a photograph of school football team 1943/44 season that I would like to forward it to him
    Please could someone provide me with a contact number or email
    Kind Regards

  7. Nigel Hilton:

    Hello Derek,
    Thank you for your above offer regarding the 1943/44 football team photograph. I’ve written to you direct with details of how you can contact me. Alternatively, you might prefer to e-mail it to abergelepost.com as suggested by Gareth in his above response to Liz Rooks dated 27 November 2013. Just send a brief e-mail, attach your photo & click on send. If you could use ‘Abergele Grammar School Old Photos’ as a subject heading, it will help us link it to this page.
    Thanks again. Best wishes, Nigel.

  8. Phil Northam:

    I have the long school photos for 1964 & 67!

  9. Andrew Nigel Hilton:

    Hello Phil, that’s brilliant news. From memory, they were around 18 inches long (sorry, I still think in old money) so the only way I can think of, to be able to share them with our readers, would be via several overlapping smaller images. I’ll send you a separate e-mail in the hopes we can sort something out & hope that’s OK with you.
    Best wishes, Nigel.

  10. arfor wyn hughes:

    i was at abergele g s between 1949 and 1955 when the head was dr hubert hughesb can anyone remember those days? arfor hughes,

    1. John Bulkeley:

      Arfor – I remember you and Dr Hughes well and also Harry Holden and Bill Phys.
      I was there from 1950 to 1956 when I left to go to sea as a Cadet
      I’m sure you had ginger hair in those days!
      A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then,
      I still keep in touch with Tom Wyatt and Myrna.
      When I was living in Los Angeles a few years ago they came over and spent two weeks with my wife and myself.
      Very best regards to you and anyone else that can recall my presence at School.

  11. Brian Roberts:

    I was at Abergele G.S. from 1942 to 1947. You will see me on the 1947 school cricket team photo in the June 2013 archive on this web page. I Googled “Abergele Grammar School 1947 photo” recently and up came the photo ! I’m the 13th from the left on the second row up from the front. There were other photos on that web page in which someone might be interested.
    I played in the 2nd eleven soccer team and I remember a disastrous game against Colwyn Bay Grammar School on their ground. It was raining and their pitch was a sea of mud. I hesitate to say it but we lost badly! I remember the score but I will keep it to myself!! I wonder if anyone else remembers that day? We beat them at cricket though!
    I remember the teacher’s names at Abergele and their nicknames too. Also the biplane in the quadrangle, the fabric covering was a bit tatty but it was taken away during the war, perhaps to be rebuilt as a training plane. Perhaps it arrived at the school through the efforts of the master Alf Easom.
    While on the subject of planes- I lived in Colwyn Bay and while playing on the beach in 1940 with two chums a Spitfire with a smoking engine did a wheels up landing on the beach about a hundred yards from us. W.e ran towards it as the the pilot jumped out and asked us where the nearest telephone was. I found the incident reported on the web some time ago giving the pilots name, that was an interesting find.
    Does anyone remember the “Swing Sisters” That was the nickname we gave to the “Bangor Trio” They were three ladies, a pianist, violinist and cellist. They did the circuit of the Denbighshire and Caernarvonshire schools giving light classical
    Happy school days!

  12. James Bardsley:

    Hi. I was there ‘61-‘67 and none!! Not one to share. My brother might have. He was there
    ‘58-65 in a very good academic year. My year
    saw several very bright boys brought from Old Colwyn and Colwyn Bay to boost the numbers. One of these became and still is a very successful Astrophysicist: Richard Ellis. He returns home still I believe.

  13. David Round:

    Hi Nigel! I don’t know if you remember me but we were in the same class 1962-69. Please let me know if this thread is still live as I have some photos that I took on one of the last days of school in June 1969.

    1. Andrew N Hilton:

      Hi David, yes, of course I remember you. I seem to recall that, back then, you lived at Oakfield where we’d do our Chemistry homework together. Seems a lifetime ago sometimes. It would be great to see some photos from those days if it’s not too much trouble. As I mentioned above, for some reason, I seem to have memory blanks for a lot of my school years, even though I can recall earlier & some later years with clarity. Old age catching up perhaps ?. Really great to hear from you & hope all is well with you & yours. Beat wishes & stay safe.

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