No idea if you're still active on this forum. I came across it by chance when googling Paragon School. My mother attended there in the late'20s/30's and her name was Rose Collins, and I'm wondering if she's the friend referred to by your mother! My mother was born in 1923 but died in 1990, and her only surviving sister cannot recall her taking part in the show you mentioned (though she acknowledges that she didn't know all of my mother's friends/activities). She wonders whether your mum's name is Joan?! My aunt fondly recalls her life in Walworth from the late 20's to late 50s (with a break due to evacuation during WW2), and is keen to hear of anyone else who shared the same experiences. Karen
My name is ROY HENRY KNIGHT Bn 1928. 58 Trafalgar Ave.
Those of you who are good at maths will observe I have
overeached my sellby date!!!! What a joy in discovering
this site, and reading all your lovely and enjoyable
comments and memories of OKR.
I had a wonderful chilhood and good basic education
growing up in those HALCYON days preceding WW2.
I have hundreds of memories and vivid recollections
from as far back as I can remember that I could bore
you silly with; but sadly not a single photo.
Trafalgar Ave ( or TRAFAGAR ROAD as it was pre 1934)
is as you may well know situated opposite the FIRE
STATION with the LORD NELSON P/H. on the corner,
and is,(and always has been) the main turning point
off the OKR for the 63 bus route. It was here from
about the age of 7-8 that I used to stand and BEG
every 5th NOV " Penny for the GUY SIR" hoping to
get at least a hap'ney
My schooling started on the Bermondsey side of the
OKR in a little infants school in MAWBEY ROAD which
is opp' GLENGALL RD the school no longer exists
but was used as a Mortuary in WW2. I must have been
5/6 when first I was an infant pupil there. My first
teacher was a MISS HARRIS and the fierce Red headed
HEAD-MISTRESS was MRS? BUXTON.
BUXTON!! Mrs BUXTON;what a memory she invokes. I
don't know if I should admit to this in print as it
shames me to tell you ,that , I was bought before her
accused ( and guilty) of lifting up little girls
skirts in the playground. For this heinious crime I
was put across her lap and spanked on my bottom, at
this I promply replied by peeing all over her. she
hurled me on to to the floor and told me what a
" HORRIBLE AND DISGUSTING CHILD I WAS" So was she
right??? My wife seems to think so, but I love her.
Was'nt a good start to my first day at school was it
well, I don't really know on reflection if it this
incident happened on my first day, but it certainly
was'nt my last, Iwent on to have many good times at
this little school, and later on in the juniors;
1933------ 1939 THEN CAME THE WAR