Dansette record player with multi-changer – the same type as the first record player that Anthony J Sargeant had in the late 1950s- 1960s at his family home in South London. It was fine when changing light Vinyl singles, EPs, and LPs but when playing Shellac 78 rpm records the drop of those hefty discs caused the whole record player shook with the vibration.
This was an extremely successful team. Seated from Left to right are Mr Wilf Hawkins (Master in charge) Anthony J Sargeant, David Hale,David Hodgson, Stephen Lee, Brian Balchin, and Mr Morgan. In the back row are David Powell, Mick Wilton, Rod Cooper, Bob Tweddle, …????…. , Colin Tennant, David Burgess, Graham Currie, and Keith Brown. The school badges on the rugby jerseys denoted those boys who had been awarded full 1st XV Colours.
It is a lifetime ago but in the 1950s there was a genuine fear that nuclear war could happen at any moment. Tony was just 14 at the time but he marched with his friend from school (Haberdashers’ Aske’s) Chris Slater. Chris is standing on the plinth at the base of Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square holding the CND banner.
Next to Bellingham Railway Station on Randlesdown Road where it bridges over the railway line on the edge of the Bellingham Council Estate in South London where Tony Sargeant grew up. There was a hall attached to the Pub (down the steps which are of shot on the extreme left) in which Tony Sargeant’s parents held their wedding reception in February 1941 – His Paternal grandparents were killed a few months later on the last night of the London Blitz when a German bomb flattened their house in Broadmead Road. Later the hall was to achieve some fame as the training venue of the boxer Henry Cooper. Tony remembers seeing Henry and his brother, who lived on the estate, running around the estate together as part of their training in the 1950s.
Jo Gamgee was a friend in 1964 and we went to see this film at the Streatham Odeon
Judging by the costumes, and knowing the history of the Bellingham Council Estate in South London, Anthony J Sargeant thinks this photograph was probably taken in the 1920-30s. Surprisingly the pool was still much the same as shown here when Tony worked as a lifeguard at the pool in the early 1960’s, but it has long since been closed. In the British climate it was only open from May to September and the upkeep must have been astronomical. In the British Summer there were many days when only one or two people would swim but still the pool was staffed with a minimum of 12 people (two 6 hour shifts of six people 8 am to 2 pm then 2 pm to 8 pm).
Anthony J Sargeant was born and grew up in South London. The 179 Bus Route then ran from Grove Park through Downham and Bellingham to Catford then Brockley to Blackfriars Bridge on the Thames in Central London. Tony took this bus in 1955 from Bellingham to Brockley when he went with his mother to be interviewed aged 11 for entry into Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School.