malcolmpx wrote:I went to Blairgowrie prep school and left in 1958. I remember Beryl Topham, Louis Letiequ, Malcolm Bromilow, Wendy McFadyen and her brother Peter who was a few years older than us, Walter Puddifer and David Thomas. Louis Letiequ loved to come to our house to play because my brother, who was 9 years older, used to piggy back Louis so that he could join in all the activities. David Thomas lived opposite to us in University Road. He had a hole in the heart and was always struggling for breath. I understand he was the first person to have a hole in the heart operation and it certainly improved his life.
Does anyone know why it was called Blairgowrie school? Was it because that was the original name of the house?
I remember David Thomas with the hole in his heart, always out of breath. I went to Balliol Road Secondary Modern School 1959-63 and David attended for a short while, although I do not recall him attending for the whole time I was at the school. I recall how all those 'rough' kids, that we were in those days, were always calm and considerate towards him, instinctively understanding his difficulties, he really did struggle for breath. Even now I can picture him leaning on the wall adjacent to the water fountain, out of breath at 'Play Time.' I am so pleased to learn from you that his life improved after his operation, he was a lovely lad.
I also remember how beautiful University Road and the houses situated there were. When it was bulldozed to make way for Government offices it was an act of gross vandalism, as was the same fate that befell the houses in St Albans Road. The houses in both roads were of excellent quality and its a mystery to me why they had to be erased.