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Congratulations to the following Former Pupils who have reached milestone birthdays this month:-
65 Adam Dzierzek; John Ashton; Stephen Thompson; Leslie McMillan;
60 Cesidio DiCiacca; Lorenzo Milazzo; Peter Walker;
50 Anatol Krot; Andrew(Yeun Fai) Wong; Lawrence Kelly;
New e-mail contact:- Michael J Morrison(1958-1963);
Change of e-mail address:- John Barry; Stuart McLauchlan: Dermod O’Malley;
New Facebook contact:- David Doyle;
We have recently heard from Aidan Bremner, who advised us that Billy Gillon has not been well. He advised “In this link to the SSA expo catalogue there's an article about Bill. PPSSA Bill Gillon open studio etc
Billy was a pupil at the school(1954-1960) and then went on to be the first FP to teach there(his subject was Art.). We have been in touch with his two sons, both of them teachers, one(Stephen) in Livingston and one(Nick) in the Wirral. Stephen wrote, “Thank you for your kind email. I am glad to hear people remember my dad and it made me smile to hear him referred to as Billy, I can pretty much tell when some one knew my dad by what they call him.
Your editor, Lindsay Wilson, is a very proud FP at the moment. His son, Philip, has been chosen as one of the main characters at the Bannockburn Heritage Centre for the commemoration of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. His voiced part will be said by the well known Scottish actor David Hayman. Links to the site and information about a n historic re enactment which will be on view for posterity are listed below:-
It would appear to be worth a visit. Sadly, his father will receive no fee for his lineage. Neither will his son.
Great to hear from many FPs last month:- Jurek Lisowski; Father Damian Wynn-Williams; James Wee; John Shaw( who advised that he has met Andrew Robertson after the Anniversary meal, for dinner, and an old friendship seems to be rekindled);Dermod O'Malley; Marc Capaldi, who wrote "
Your reference to FPs reminded me that, when I was at Hamble near Southampton training to be a pilot in 1970, almost all of the class came from Grammar Schools or were privately educated. I was asked if I had played any rugby after school and I replied that I had played for Holy Cross FPs. This resulted in explosions of laughter until someone asked if I meant OBs – Old Boys. When I enquired what they had found amusing one of them whispered that, in England FPs meant “xxxxxxg” pooves! "
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