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Valete 1969

 

 

J. Bloomfield
School Captain 1968. January 1968-September 1968. Captain School 2nd XI Football. Captain School lst IX Cricket. It was no surprise to the prefects when one morning, Jon, with a wide smile on his considerable features, entered the room with his habitual snort, and announced he was School Captain. Equally, it was no surprise to us that he carried out his duties in that post with great efficiency and unfailing, apish good humour. In his short term of captaincy, he was unable to initiate any great measure of reform; which left his Marxist/Bloomfeldian idealism somewhat frustrated.
As Cricket Captain, Boogseye not only enthused the team to win the Cricketer Cup but also earned himself the title Mr. Neurosis 1968, as he moved every fielder two inches after every ball. For two days before a match, the prefects' room would be filled with his concern whether to bat first or not, and for two days after he would demonstrate how he hit the opening bowler back over his head for four. The 2nd XI football also enjoyed a highly successful season under his captaincy, mainly because opponents would wilt under the blast of his voice screeching instructions, while we learnt to live with this built-in megaphone.
Jon was unusually perspicacious and a good judge of character, always ready to help those who approached him. The third form will long remember their association with him, and the C'hing Path will seem empty without Jon and Co. looking for fish in the muddy ditch. His list of many achievements, including passing his driving test first time (despite noisy send-offs and flag-waving from outside School at 4.05 on Tuesdays), the philistinic habit of watching Arsenal, and the infamous habit of suddenly starting thumping the back of his neck with the right hand, and exclaiming vociferously, which was, no doubt, the result of supporting Arsenal.
Academically, Bugsy more than deserved his place at Cambridge; even a certain gent in the history department acknowledged he was occasionally intelligent. We are all certain that in a few years time we will be seeing Jon reforming the world with his customary zeal. Well, fair enough!

S. Cook
At School 1960-68; Prefect 1966-67; School Captain 1967-68; Chairman of School Council; Captain of Spivey House; Captain of School Football 1965-67; lst XI 1964-68-colours; Essex 1966-67; School lst XI Cricket 1965-67-colours; London 1967; Walthamstow 1962-64; School lst Team Basketball 1965-68-half-colours; Walthamstow 1964; History Society; Economics Society; Geographical Society; Film Society.
No captain ever understood the School better than Steve. He tried constantly to bring about improvements particularly in staff/pupil and prefect/School relations. He always thought of how the lower school would feel about certain decisions, remembering how he felt and trying to make life easier and less restricted. He was and is a superb organiser, always to be seen with a list ofnames in his hand, some of which were understood by others only too well. It was this quality, his great fairness and feeling for the school which brought him respect from many of the most antisocial of its members.
To see how hard he worked at sport you need only leaf through the relevant pages in past "Monovians". He was a great sporting captain because of his organising ability, his encouragement to the lower school in many ways and his even-tempered nature. Academically Steve knew his limitations-a rare quality -and did enough work for half a dozen people, and it often emerged as the work of half a dozen people. Fortunately, he was no Saint, many interesting stories bearing witness to this, although at times he was irritatingly self-sacrificing and reliable.
Steve deserves more recognition than he will ever receive and if wealth was measured by the real quality of respect-rather than the ephemeral one of money-he would be a millionaire. Even if the so-rightly deserved university place eludes him, Steve will make a great teacher provided he does not allow his pupils to take advantage of his good nature.

N. Apostolides
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1967-68; School lst XI Football; School Athletics; House Gymnastics Captain; House swimming and basketball.
El Greco, or Nicky the Switchblade as he was affectionately known, was somebody you could not help but like. He rarely lost his temper and kept us amused for months with his problems and incredible stories of his countless relations and work in a Carnaby Street boutique. His main topic of conversation was how fast his Imp could do in 3rd, (anything was possible with Nick at the wheel) and the intricacies of the internal combustion engine would dominate the room for many periods. Most of us preferred reminiscing over the old Greekmobile which often came close to putting us in Whipps Cross, with its disconcerting habit of falling apart at the most inappropriate times. One could only marvel at Nick's rebuking of pedestrians whom he narrowly missed at 50 m.p.h. '
Nick took his work seriously and rarely let it slip, though his spells in the Walthamstow Reference Library often ended in a game of football with the little kids in Selborne park. He even took the trouble to teach us useful, everyday Greek words and give discourses on certain habits of the Turks.
Always willing and helpful to anybody Nick would turn out for the 2nd XI when he could play, in character, enthusiastically and erratically. Central Foundation's inside left will long remem ber him. He ended his football career at School with a blinding goal for the Prefects' team against the Staff.
In the prefect's room he will be missed for his buoyant bursts of enthusiasm, during which anything could happen and we hope he follows in his brother Cos's footsteps and he is able to keep it up.

C. C. Birch
At School 1966-68; Prefect 1967-68; School lst XI Football -full colours; School lst XI Cricket-half-colours; School athletics-half-colours.
Clive, who had the distinction of being the only prefect 6ft. 11.75 ins. tall with size 7 feet, entered the School in the 6th form but it was not long before he had overwhelmed us with his stories and jokes, which more often than not he would repeat a hundred times. When abusively admonished for this he would sometimes turn grumpy and object to anybody taking the Mick, but his cheerful nature greatly added to the prefects' room atmosphere. His popularity, which earned him his many nicknames, was unfailing, even when mysterious writings somehow appeared on the ceiling, much to the chagrin of the person under attack. Owing to this rather novel form of graffiti, the ceiling was repainted.
In his two years at the school, Clive gained regular places in the School football, cricket and athletics teams. He will never live down the Evening Standard report which referred to him as "Beefy", despite the fact that he would always fall over when tackled. His cricket was characterised by having only one stroke, but it brought him many runs for the l st and 2nd XI's. Ollie's greatest ability was as a sprinter, which he used to great effect on the right wing of the l st XI and he was even able to overtake his own M.G.1100.
After receiving countless offers from Universities, Clive did his best to scrape in, which he duly did; Salford will long regret giving a place to a "bit of a dicky". We all wish Bernie the best for the future and for his career; the next time we see him, we hope he has some new stories.

M. J. H. Boyers
At School 1965-67; Prefect 1966-67; Deputy School Captain 1966-67; Captain of Morris House; Captain of School Cricket 1967; Vice-captain 1966-colours; England Schools 1966-67; Lon don Schools 1966-67; lst XI and 2nd XI Football-colours; School Athletics; Vice Chairman School Council; History Society; Geographical Society; Film Society; Literary Circle; Senior Circle.
Mick received praise from all quarters, perhaps he was made the right size for laurels. In his cricket he showed what happens when talent is worked upon and practised with until it reaches its logical conclusion; for Mick that was England Schools Cricket XI; what it will be only the oracle could say. Happily, Mick can easily find a cap to fit him.
His sport gave him a great deal to live up to in School. Academically he was lazy with not quite enough flair to get away with it-but he has gained a place in Loughborough Training College to study for a career in teaching. Mick is a temperamental extrovert-demanding that everyone should laugh when he laughs and share in his tears. However, over the past year he has sorted himself out-he is not the 'Ragamuffin child' he once identified himself with-but more the tame, almost respectable(?) English gent.
A great lover of poetry and the spoken word, Mick would talk coffee-pot philosophy with the rest of us for hours, his originality of thought only occasionally spoiled by his unconsciously squeezing out of virtually unaltered thoughts absorbed from others. The most glaring flaw in his character was his capacity to write esoteric and very rude valetes (witness the most esoteric and rude valete in the last but one issue). There are stories that could be told about Mick and his experiences with Judo, bad eggs, and thin women. . . .
Of his future; well, with trophies on his fingers and medals on his toes, Mick will hear acclaim wherever he goes. We all wish him the success he is bound to have at sport, teaching and Parker keeping.

C. P. Chiverell
At School 1965-68; Prefect 1967-68; School and Essex Table Tennis; Waltham Forest Film Society; Science Society.
Chris, for much of the time, was a quiet member of the prefects' room, working very hard for his A-levels. However, in his final terms at School, he entered into the spirit of the prefects' rooms, as well as continuing to work hard. It was during this period that Chris became extremely popular with his fellow prefects, interesting several in stereo, his main hobby.
Although Chris was not a very active sportsman, he was an outstanding member of the table tennis team, having played for his county. Otherwise, an occasional role in one of the many prefects' room sports was his only form of physical exercise.
Chris was a keen and efficient prefect who took his duties seriously and performed them well-in fact, he was always willing to lend a hand. We wish Chris all the best in his university career at Swansea.

A. D. Clark
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1967-68; Captain School Football 1967-68-Fu11 colours; 2nd XI Cricket; School Athletics; School Gymnastics.
In the prefects' room, it was A1 who provided the lunacy, and laughter was often surpassed by sheer amazement as Groucho Marx, Popeye, Olive Oil or a goose would be conjured up before us. This endless stream of lunacy was successfully channelled for the Rag Concert, and A1 wrote half the script for the prefects' sketch.
A1 was unique in the timetable he employed and none of us, let alone the staff, managed to work it out or guess when he would be seen next. Academically A1 could be brilliant but he had an artistic mind which did not take to work. He was not helped by the lack of incentive from his university offer. After Christmas he went existentialist and became even lazier, though his scope of reading improved.
As Captain of Football A1 took each game seriously and the training but there was not enough overall application. Despite this he led the lst XI to the semi-finals of two cups, and often played with verve and occasional flashes of brilliance. A fine athlete and all-rounder, it is a pity he did not employ his talents more widely. However he combined his acute sense of balance and utter madness to become champion wall-racer in the prefects' room, with a circuit in eight seconds. The furniture has still not recovered.
Always cheerful and ready for a joke, A1 was very popular in the lower school though not always appreciated by those attempting to work in the prefects' room. To the masters in Room 10 there often seemed to be a farmyard next door. We all wish A1 the best and hope he uses his considerable talents to more purpose.

M. Cook
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1967-68; School Council; Social Services Committee; Science Society; Computing Society; Film Society.
Mick became a prefect after an adventurous career as the longest-serving Form Captain on record (he was in his fifth glorious year in that capacity when torn away). Known as Giraffe by the lower school, Mick was always both a popular and conscientious prefect, and was reputed to be the only one whose head could be seen over the top of the lectern from the sixth row from the back of the hall. He often placed himself in the Tuckshop, and was usually to be seen endeavouring to freeze a sodden copy of the Times, in order to cure its owner of his anti-social habits.
His manners and appearance were usually impeccable, and his personality quiet, although once he was seen behind a Private Eye, laughing in solitary glory: we still have not recovered from this amazing sight. His calm efficiency made the Suppers at which he was Head Waiter and Chief Organiser, great successes. He was also a keen member of the Social Services group, and could achieve much with a roll of wallpaper.
His stature alone made him an opponent to be respected on the tennis court, and his other interests ranged to the Chingford Aquary Society to that which could be found only in the Town Hall.
We shall miss Mick very much as he takes up a sandwich course with a Courtauld's Scholarship at Exeter University, and wish him every success.

L. R. Hollingbery
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1968; Chemistry Lab. Assistant; Christian Union; Science Society; School Cross Country; Vice Capt. Morris Cross-Country; Secretary Monoux Venture Scout Unit.
Les's stature and quiet nature give no indication of his true character. Les proved to be a great modifying influence on the more high spirited members of the Prefectorial Body. His great determination earned him distinction in many spheres.
Within the last year, he has been awarded the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award; and we all wish him well in his attempt at the Gold Award. Naturally enough, Les became a driving force in the Venture Scout Unit and the members of the Unit will do well to emulate Les's fine example.
Apart from scouting, Les found enjoyment in many other activities, but it was at swimming that he became most proficient. He was awarded the Gold A.S.A. Survival Certificate and the Bronze Life Saving Badge.
Les also possessed great academic potential and perseverence, since he was often to be seen working under the most trying circumstances in the prefects' room, yet somehow the deserved A level success eluded him. This was especially true with the introduction of the 'Monoux Wall Game', which, happily, has now died a natural death, but which, nevertheless, was responsible for the mysterious disappearance of a number of door handles. This perseverence should ensure success in his future career in Pharmacy.

B. T. Lynch
At School 1959-68; Prefect 1967-68; Secretary Railway Society; Committee T.B.L. Society; Teamaker by appointment; Secretary History Society; Geographical Society.
B: T. was an individualist, or a Philistine, depending how you saw the situation: everything about him was different in its conventionalism. He read the Manchester Guardian, was an ardent ferroequentologist, a connoisseur of motor-coaches, and an exceptional lover of Beds. He supported Luton Town F.C., and had, so he claimed, no Welsh ancestry, and was a master of the noble art of the creaking pun; but his anti-feminism was too outspoken to be credible. He also liked flowers.
Few realised how much he did for the School. For four years he prepared football and cricket teas, giving up Wednesdays and Saturdays. He organised the Railway Society, and the Prefects' Room; he was always willing to take over duties, do a voluntary patrol (as well as giving frequent impromptu lectures on the beauties of Dunstable), and one day, he cleaned out the Tuckshop fridge.
Brian was Senior Monovian being in his ninth glorious year when he left. He emerged with good A-level grades, and secured a fourth pass whilst teaching at a Leyton junior school last summer. We know that his sincerity and pertinacity (copyright reserved) will ensure his success, despite Luton and his downward incline, and reckon that whilst he has already converted Leicester College to trackbed-walking, eventually it will change him.

W. Meade
At School 1966-68; Prefect 1967-68; Geographical Society; Christian Union; Film Society.
The time: 8.55 a.m.-a murky December Monday morning; the place-the Monoux Prefects' Room in all its dubious glory, and the glory of the one remaining 40 watt electric lamp shedding its wan light on the proceedings:-Rog, absent, being damned by twenty prefects frustrated by the lack of the duty list. The scene is particularly memorable because it was about the only time Rog failed us. He was one of those prefects that are taken for granted, who work consistently and unobtrusively, and probably without much thanks.
Although the mighty Midget was generally a quiet personality, he could occasionally be as deranged and schizophrenic as the rest of us, especially when one less stable questioned the logic of his duty rotas, or when he was addressed as "my son" by a certain philistine. On the field courses, Baldy or Gnome as he was affectionately called when sporting his lederhosen, proved to be a most entertaining if not at times, embarrassing companion. I am sure the people of Locarno (in Switzerland) have never been as surprised, astonished or bewildered as when they saw the antics of our sun gnome down the length of their highly respectable main street. But we had some very serious discussions in the prefects' room at times, when Room 10 was empty, and then Rog's views on religion and life, carefully and somewhat reticently framed, impressed us all, even the heathens. For Rog, a sincere Christian, though he always entered into the minor excesses of P.R. life, practised foremost what he preached. Few of us could emulate his quiet confidence in his beliefs or his humility-perhaps we envied him. But just as they ensured his success in his social work and scouting, and in his prefecture, we are unanimously sure in knowing they will help him to complete his aims in teaching, and in helping others, and in this, we wish him all good fortune.

M. A. Pritchard
At School 1960-68; Prefect 1966-67; School Swimming Captain and colours; House Swimming Captain; Senior Circle; Folk Club; Waltham Forest Film Society; Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion; Royal Life Saving Society Life Saving Instructor.
Mick was a fairly well known member of the prefectorial body. He was liked by his fellow prefects and was also popular with the members of the School who knew him well. However, he did not openly seek popularity and carried out his prefectorial duties efficiently, boasting the record number of detentions given at a Carol Service.
Mick was generally interested in all sports, but was most active in swimming. As School Swimming Captain, he tried to make sure that the members of the School took full advantage of the new pool and tried extremely hard to improve the standard of School swimming. It is a pity that the time Mick put into School swimming was not justly rewarded by the overall performances of the School team. Although less active in other sports, Mick was always willing to help out. However, he was very active in prefects' room games, being runner-up in the Golden Toss competition, and also acquiring the title of King Flush, as the result of another bit of light-hearted sport.
Mick was an extremely good prefect and a good member of the School. We wish him the best of luck at Queen Elizabth College, London.

P. C. Richardson
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1967-68; Captain Social Services (1967); Whittingham House Captain; School Athletics; School Cross-country; Science Society.
Those prefects whomsoever Who, who was generally a quiet personality, addressed, were usually instantly impressed; those who were doubters would rush into the room proclaiming "Who Can Speak!" and those who were not might think Who was quite a normal chap, really. But upon all those who thus patronised, Pete looked down with the resigned condescension of the thwarted scientist, And amicable contempt.
The fact was, Who was very seldom in the Room. There would occasionally be a copy of the Top People's Paper propped up on an armchair, with an anonymous pair of legs attached, like the undercarriage of some obsolete aircraft, which would retract when anyone tripped over them, accompanied by a desultory grunt from behind the Personal Column. At other times, Pete's face would be revealed, but this was rather a rare event, apt to be acclaimed with cheers from the who-knows-Who brigade.
Pete's Bible readings were popular, for he used to use the lectern as his audience, and anyone sitting further back than the second row found himself actually with an excuse for going to sleep.
Pete used to attend to his work with a latent enthusiasm, but this was more than enough to get his grades for University.
A sincere Christian, he worked well in the Social Services, and in his lower sixth, organised the activity well. He was a tireless athlete, and we all admired the figure we saw galloping round the track at six on a January evening.
We all wish Pete the greatest success at Southampton, apologise to him for our merciless taunting, and have every confidence that one day he will appear in the immortal pages of Who's Who.

M. B. Robbins
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1968; Literary Circle; Folk Society; 2nd XI Soccer; Allpass House Athletics; 123 Club Organising Committee; Christian Union.
Mick was the Prefects' Room No. 2 Bohemian, as a glimpse of him roaring down Brookscroft Road on his decaying scooter, clad in a camouflage-coloured anorak and with a crash-helmet perched gawkily on his long Greco-Chingfordian hair would prove. This casual appearance and attitude, together with his somewhat variable temperament, gained him the contempt of a certain member of the staff, who objected to the celebrated phrase 'a Henry James Nightmare' in one of Mick's long and rambling poems. However, Mick only rewarded contempt with more contempt.
A keen member of the 2nd XI and an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Mick's sporting interests were somewhat under-rated, as was his academic ability. He never seemed to make much effort at his work, and consequently was looked on as a somewhat desultory worker, but in fact, his ability showed through in occasional brilliant essays, and he gained a place at the University of Sussex where we have no doubt, his desertboots will stand him in good stead.
A sincere, and, some said, over-sincere, Christian, Mick organised the 123 Club and was to be seen in the annals of the Christian Union. We will long remember his guitar-,playing, his dissertations on the nature of spontaneous art, and wish him well in the future.

D. Stoker
At School 1961-68; Prefect 1967-68; Librarian; Secretary Science Society; Computing Society.
Brian was a scientist, which in the prefects' room tradition, should have been enough to damn him. Moreover, his ancestry was Irish. But he was no run-of-the-mill scientist, and the more
flamboyant Arts prefects were somewhat at a loss to know what to do with him when he usurped the privilege retained by the proud elite, of reading the "Times" in the Room. One of the most moving sights was to see the B.D.S. and his journal unperturbed during a simultaneous clangour of chair-testing, wall-racing, pref-room football, and the now deceased art of yokelbaiting.
But occasionally, sanctions were taken, and it found itself soaked in Pepsi-Cola, and freezing in the tuckshop fridge, or being roasted on a Bunsen in the Chemistry Lab. Upon a11 this Brian looked with disdain, and cheerful resignation.
Newspapers apart, B.D. was a most conscientious prefect. He was always willing to help out, on play nights and open days, as well as in the tuckshop or at milk duty. He organised the Science Society so that it flourished while the more pretentious Arts Societies floundered.
It is pointless to wish Brian well, for we all know his quiet determination, and his diligence will ensure for him in everybody he meets as great a regard as we bore him ourselves.

L. J. Thurston
At School 1960-68; Prefect 1967-68; Secretary Geographical Society; Jazz Society; Committee Railway Society; Committee Railway Society; Committee T.B.L. Society; 2nd XI Football; lst XI Cricket; Librarian 1966-68; Mallinson Soccer Captain.
Les was a popular choice as prefect, and when appointed in September 1967 settled down quickly to P.R. life. He was probably so popular because of his many interests, that were combined with an affable and willing personality, which meant he could talk with authority on everything from Rhythm and Blues, the niceties of inswingers or Bullied pacifics to a certain prefect's love for Beds. He was also an expert in such widely diverse matters as mountaineering and the anthropology of the Loughton area.
He was a great lover of the now happily-deceased diurnal mammary-fluid-of-the-bovine-quadruped-graffing sessions, and was greatly detested by the unfortunate beings who had been given the task of clearing up the debris. A great tuckshop wall-scrawler, he was also renowned for his other wall decorations, with which the Room was once adorned. His humour never failed, and he possessed an excellent sarcastic invective which he saved for those on whom he poured good-hearted contempt. One excellent example was delivered when he was dangling from the outriders of a viaduct in Muswell Hill, about fifty feet above the ground, which at least shows both his versatility and constancy.
Academically, Les worked well within the limitations he knew himself to have, and achieved his object: entry to the B.R. Management Apprenticeship Scheme in which we all congratulate him and bid him take care of his screwdriver (which we never did borrow).

A. D. F. Wilkes
At School 1966-68; Prefect 1967-68; Vice Captain School Football 1967-68-full colours; lst XI Cricket-full colours; Lor.. don Schools Cricket; House basket ball, athletics, swimming.
Whatever Andy did, he would do it casually, for nothing could disturb or rush him. In the same manner, he aired his opinions tersely and somewhat colloquically, leaving no room for speculation as to his feelings. Although he entered the School in the Sixth form, he was well-known and liked in the school. owing to his willingness to carry out duties and do them cheerfully. Many junior boys will remember him as the golliwog on sale for 6d. in the tuck shop.
In football and cricket it was Andy who provided the teams with class; he made everything look so easy. Although one of the most effective players on the field, he would hardly be noticed until another opponent would bite the dust and his golliwog-like hair would be seen nearby. Above all, he was supreme in batting, caressing the ball to the boundary with the minimum of effort. And everybody (apart from a particular cricketing personality from Yorkshire) loved to see him standing in the outfield, chewing a blade of grass, the ball at his feet and with his hands behind his back, as though daring the batsmen to take 'one for the throw'.
Though often quiet and sedate, wading through old maths. exam papers, Andy made himself felt in the prefects' room with his skill with a frido in the close confines of the room which was not only sadistic but destructive, which did not help to placate the guardian of thc. School premises.
In our Solo school, he made his mark by inventing a new bid, the "Wilkes' Mis", which provided us with great entertainment. Andy also had the unpopular job of collecting room-fund but he took revenge by absconding with the balance of 30/- at the end of the year; we will have it back, please!
His sporting skill gave him a certain place at Goldsmith's College and we are bound to hear more of his run-scoring in the future. When he plays down in Bristol we hope he has a good knock.

A. J. Wilson
At School 1960-68; Prefect 1966-67-68; Spivey House viceCaptain; Secretary and Spivey House representative of School Council; Chairman of Social Services Committee; Senior Circle; Geographical Society; Film Society; One meeting of the History Society; School Orchestra; Spivey House Football and Cricket; School 2nd XI Cricket; Cricket Umpire; Essex County F.A. Referee.
As can be seen from the above list, Andy's range of activities was a wide one. As a prefect, he successfully undertook any duty required of him and he did, in fact, work very hard for the School, and for other people. As a result, the School Council and Social Services Committee in particular, and the School in general, gained considerably.
Although Andy did not possess the obvious build for a sporting personality, he did, nevertheless, take a great deal of interest in School sport, particularly football and cricket. He was always willing to referee or umpire a junior game and played cricket, of his own peculiar brand, for the 2nd XI, his most memorable shot being a tennis-like shot to a full-toss several feet above his head. Unfortunately Andy hit the ball straight into the hands of a fielder who preferred to catch the ball rather than to hit it back.
Some people might remember Andy for the long so-called "two minutes" Bible reading which he inflicted upon them during assembly one morning. Others might remember him for his hard work towards improving the 123 Club, the revolutionary idea of inviting young ladies from Walthamstow to every meeting being his. Many will remember him as the rugby player/narrator in the Rag Concert and a few Monovians will remember that he consumed rather a lot of their food. However, his closest colleagues will remember above all, Wilson's role in 'The Murder in the Rue Morgue'.
With the departure of Andy, the school has lost a willing and hard-working servant. We wish him every success in his future career.

R. P. Winter
At School 1960-67; Prefect 1966-67; Captain of Allpass House; lst XI Football 1965-67-colours; Essex 1966-67; School lst XI Cricket 1966-67 School lst Team Basketball; School Swimming-half colours; School Athletics; Economics Society; History Society; Film Society.
Roger collected a variety of nicknames during his school career starting off as 'Barrel'-he should, perhaps, have ended as 'Keg'-but no, Percy he is and will always remain. During his sixth form life and particularly as a prefect, Perce opened out a great deal. He began to speak and found that he had something to say. In any of the lengthy non-debates we had he would push his point relentlessly until either the opposition was won over or he had to admit defeat.
However, he was not the forceful, violent type, for despite his unequalled prowess in the prefects' room brawls, he was the Gentle Giant who only rarely lost his temper. With the same equanimity of spirit he bore the achievements he gained in sport, (e.g. Essex Schools goalkeeper). Perce also developed as a great lover of the arts, though he found that thinking creatively was easier than being creative.
Being moderately hard working and reliable, (though very easily swayed by those less so-at least this is his excuse), he was lumbered with managing the Tuck Shop which under his economist's eye somehow made a profit. He will be remembered by many for his remarkably lifelike portrayal of Jack's Mother in one Rag Concert, by a few for his impersonations of Belisha beacons, but by all for his great sense of humour. He is a perfect Taurus-broad shouldered (understatement) bearer of hope-slow to rise (understatement) but enduring.
As for his future-well if your tax was wrongly assessed this year it was Percv's fault. However, it will be all right next year for in September Perce goes to Newcastle University, (sighs of relief from all taxpayers), to study Economics and put the country's troubles to right. (groans from all workers-mass emigration, etc.).