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mattash
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1 of 182  Fri 12th Feb 2010 4:11pm  
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Thanks to Rob for starting the Forum. I'm a Cov-Kid and I am looking for photos of any year, classes or buildings, of Frederick Bird sec mod that was in Swan Lane. I went there from 1959-1963. If anybody out there can help I would be very pleased. Hello Brian from Melbourne, shame you did not say which year you were at Freddies. There are a lot of us out there, some body must have pics, so please send.
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browstron
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2 of 182  Wed 17th Feb 2010 1:15am  
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Hello Mattash, Sorry my friend, cannot help you with pics of "Freddies". Hindsight is a wonderful thing! I was there from 1961 to 1965. My teachers then, as far as I can recall, were Mr Shannon, (1A), Mr (Tubby) Turner, (2A & 3A), Mr Bannister, (4A), Mr Trotter, (Art & Craft, I think?), Mr Curtis, (Science), Mr Douglas, (TD, ~ Technical Drawing)(AKA Terrible Dougie) and Mr Harris was the Headmaster. I would have been coming up (2 years) behind you, so it's unlikely that we would have known each other, but if it helps, I sat with a Dave Thompson for the 4 years I that I was there. He had an older brother there, Brian Thompson, whom you may have known? My Dad went there too. Eventually it became "Sydney Stringer" college? and has since been completely rebuilt. On my rare visits to Coventry I hardly recognise it now. However, I was very pleased to learn that it changed it's name back to "Freddies". Good luck with your quest to find old photos. Best wishes, Brian.
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mattash
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3 of 182  Sat 20th Feb 2010 1:20pm  
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Hi Brian, we had the same teachers except, Mr Powell 3A, Mr Bennet for science as for Mr Douglass, i had been trying to find out about his past and his association with the hotel "ROSE MARIE" in Belgium. While in hospital last October there was an ex teacher in the opposite bed who worked with him, T.D .it was only months from finding out he had a brain tumour that he passed away. Also in my class was a James (Jim) thompson who had a younger brother in the school, they lived in Stoke Aldermoor. The only part of the old school they kept and built into the new one is one of the birds that was taken from one of the "Gables".A.T.B. John
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cabbie
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4 of 182  Sun 25th Apr 2010 6:21pm  
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I also went to freddies 1961-1965 and still in touch with a few classmates. 1a Mr Shannon, 2a Mr Turner, 3a Mr Powell, 4b Mr Turner, I was caned several times by each of my teachers and by the Headmaster Mr Harris, also had the slipper off Mr Douglas whilst on the a school trip to Belgium.I can only say that I was awfull student and bear no malice whatsoever and that I probably deserved it. That said, I have lot's of happy memories, here's a few that was in my class Bruce Weston at the moment living in Hong Kong and Australia, Harry Davies was my best mate still in Coventry, Andy Williams still in Coventry, Barry Aldrick still in Coventry, I would love to hear from anyone who went to Freddies.
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mattash
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5 of 182  Thu 29th Apr 2010 2:18pm  
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Hello "Cabbie", i was 2 yrs ahead of you, did Bruce Weston have a brother " Alan"? I think Tubby liked to cane everybody but Mr Powel liked to do it across the backside, that hurt. When you look back it certainly did not do any of us any harm but you knew you did not want it again. nice memories .
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cabbie
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6 of 182  Fri 30th Apr 2010 12:03am  
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Hi Mattash,I think Bruce did have an older brother but I can't remember what is name was,I have an older brother who was 2 years ahead, his name is Paul Riley, I know his last year was in Douglas's class.
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Rob Orland
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7 of 182  Sat 1st May 2010 3:08pm  
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These great photos have been supplied by 'mattash'. The first one is 'Freddies' school in Swan Lane, and the second one is Class 2A in 1961. If you click on this class photo it will take you to a page showing a much larger one, from which you may be able to identify yourselves.... Freddies Freddies class 2A 1961
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mattash
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8 of 182  Sun 2nd May 2010 12:21pm  
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Hi Cabbie,in the photo, sitting 2 away from Tubby to the right is Alan Weston with his head leaning over? Was Paul Riley into swimming and boxing? and did you both go to South Street school?
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cabbie
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9 of 182  Wed 5th May 2010 8:31am  
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Hi Mattash,yes paul was into boxing and yes we both went to South Street,as I said I'm not sure about Bruce's brother.My name is Aubrey Riley,we lived in Lower Ford street.
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mattash
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10 of 182  Wed 5th May 2010 9:41am  
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Hi Aubrey, long time no-see. You lived towards the bottom end of Lower Ford St. I lived at the top, no 30.I am, John Collins. Nice to say hello and to know there is a lot of us still about.
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dave owens
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11 of 182  Sat 28th Aug 2010 7:37am  
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cabbie said: I also went to freddies 1961-1965 and still in touch with a few classmates. 1a Mr Shannon, 2a Mr Turner, 3a Mr Powell, 4b Mr Turner, I was caned several times by each of my teachers and by the Headmaster Mr Harris also had the slipper off Mr Douglas whilst on the a school trip to Belgium.
I was at freddies 1960-1964, I had all the same teachers that you did.Remember shannon had a glass eye that used to have all this gunk in it. Douglas was mean sob! he gave the cane if you even moved your eyes.My best friends at school were phil west & Paul Salisbury
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Johndew
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12 of 182  Sun 28th Nov 2010 8:30pm  
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Thanks for the Photo Rob, my father attended Freddies 1932-1937 , doing the Family History for the Dewis family and the pic fits in well,best regards
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Doug Wesley
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13 of 182  Mon 31st Jan 2011 10:01am  
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Hi Aubrey. I think I remember you. I was at Freddies from 1961 to 1965. Was great friends of Andrew Williams, Barry Alldrick, Clifford(Ben)Cox and many others I could name. I hated Mr. Douglas who I dreaded getting the cane from. Mr. Turner, who I was delighted to see the picture of on the site was dead soft. I would love to hear from anyone who knew me. I am still in Coventry. But its gone down in my opinion & cant wait to move when I retire.
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cabbie
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14 of 182  Wed 2nd Feb 2011 8:16am  
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hi Doug,I remember you well, I see Andy and Barry from time to time, also have seen Harry Davies.Do you see anybody? if so point them to this site, it's a great site, very educational, brings back lot's of memories.
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coventrykid
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15 of 182  Wed 2nd Feb 2011 9:20pm  
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hello all, my name is john hobbins and its great to see the old freddies kids.my teachers were shannon,turner,powell and bannister. trotter was art teacher and clennett was science. i am still touch with a couple of the lads i will get them to contact. i am retired now and live in nuneaton. catch you later
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