Former King’s Lynn school students reflect on their days as prefects 50 years on

Reuinon of KES"65 Prefects.  Back row FLtoR Graham Ramm. John Sleigh. Andrew Pyshorn.Adrian Huns Ashley Sampson. Front row FLtoR Tony Williams. John Barrett. Present  Day Head Chris Morris.Howard Senter. John Spinks. Richard Pinder. ANL-150416-200242009
Reuinon of KES"65 Prefects. Back row FLtoR Graham Ramm. John Sleigh. Andrew Pyshorn.Adrian Huns Ashley Sampson. Front row FLtoR Tony Williams. John Barrett. Present Day Head Chris Morris.Howard Senter. John Spinks. Richard Pinder. ANL-150416-200242009
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Former pupils of King Edward VII School held a reunion on Thursday to celebrate the golden anniversary of their time as prefects.

During the academic year there were 20 pupils appointed and at any one time there were 17 holding “office”.

The then headmaster Mr AH Sleigh, a keen photographer, recorded them for posterity. The photograph appears in Michael Walker’s history of the school and they will be re-enacting the picture as far as possible.

Of the 20, four have died and all the others traced. Only one was away on holiday, one in France on business and one other was unable to attend, but at the last minute two others were unable to make the day.

After re-enacting the 1965 photograph a dinner was held that evening at the King’s Head in Great Bircham,

The idea of this reunion was first mooted during a conversation between John Sleigh, Tony Williams and Graham Ramm at the reunion between the Old Lennensians’ Association with the former girls’ High School last June.

It took just 12 weeks from the first contact with the former Head Boy, John Barrett, to the last to be found at an address in Yorkshire.

The first reunion of this group took place in December 1966 and continued for a few years until wives, babies and travel reduced the numbers, but 16 made it to the last reunion on the 20th anniversary in December 1984.

A mini-biography for each of the living and departed was prepared to avoid too much repetition and an analysis of these shows that over half live in the Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire area and only one overseas, in the USA, and one within the Greater London M25 corridor.

More than 60 per cent consider their sporting interests to be important and most of those are still actively involved. Just over half worked in the public sector with teaching being the most common (30 per cent). There are two farmers, two solicitors and one accountant amongst the others. Five (25 per cent) of the 20 went to Oxbridge; another completed a PhD there later; 12 (60 per cent) went on to other universities and colleges, two (10 per cent) straight in to professional training and the other one (five per cent) in to industry.

More soberingly is the fact that all but one married but half have been divorced at least once. Between the group there have been 27 marriages, and there are at least 37 children, 12 stepchildren and 27 grandchildren.