WICKFORD COUNTY JUNIOR SCHOOL
After a short 18 months spent living in Chelmsford, my family arrived back in Wickford, to the same bungalow in the same road, towards the end of July 1950. At that point I was packed off to Wickford County Junior School, where I met up with the friends I had made in the infants. My first teacher was Miss Brewster, who, it transpired, taught my Mum when she was a child!
In order to commemorate the Coronation of our Queen Elizabeth II, the school put on a pageant. All the costumes were made by the teachers, children and their parents. I remember rows and papier mache helmets and shields lined up in our classroom ready for our part in the Norman invasion. The Saxons were dressed in sacking – I was a proud Norman!
During my years at WCJS I was also part of the school choir and recorder group and Mr Cole, our Headmaster, put on Christmas and summer concerts. My Mum was warned by Mr Cole not to perm my hair before such an event!
We also did a Christmas play in which Jean Dell and I were both chosen to dance. We were both members of the Mala School of Dancing and Margaret Upton choreographed a very Eastern routine for us.