Jonathan Edwards' Trip Down Memory Lane
I was a pupil from 1975 to 1979. Having never been back to Princethorpe for some 35 years, (not through not wanting to but never getting round to sorting it out), my wife and I were about to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary and decided to spend it in Stratford-Upon-Avon, then thought it was a golden opportunity to visit the old school! So I got in touch and arranged a visit with Melanie Butler.
The day of reckoning was set for 30th April and with a little bit of nervousness, we arrived at the front door.
Wow, Hogwarts or what! The tower as you approach the school is the first reminder if how grand the school is and was. Into the reception area and how it has all changed, which you would expect after all that time. All I kept trying to do was remember the surroundings. Not until I got to the chapel did it all come back. The long corridors around the quadrant and the canteen just as I remembered, obviously a little bit of paint and a red theme on all the doors and frames have made it all look a little bit warmer. The study hall has now been converted to a library, oh how many hours did I spend in there with Mr. Rex (my history teacher), then the dormitories! No longer there! The school has stopped taking in boarders for the last 7 years, so all offices now. Tried to find my old room and there under the beams I could still see myself. All the old names came flashing back, Adrian Watts, Simon Yates and Philip Callan. Then outside I still remembered the old gasworks, where we would sneak out and have a crafty fag. You can see the mile run, which we had to run during PE and of course in detention!
The school now has a Sixth Form block and there are new buildings going up everywhere, it all looks very different from my day. We are just coming to the end of a wonderful memory trip when Melanie's mobile rang and we were whisked off back to the reception area to meet no other than Father O'Brien (Teddy as he is known today) Wow, I'll have some of what he's been eating, he doesn't look any older, and to cap it all, he remembered me. What a wonderful way to end a really good trip down memory lane.
To all those other old boys, if you are thinking about visiting Princethorpe and are a little nervous, don't be, it really is a must and hopefully I will meet some of you in 2016 when the school celebrates 50 years.