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I started school at the age of 5 attending Trinity Terrace Infant School in Camp Hill which is just about standing today. I remember my first day, when I actually thought school was over at dinner time and I made my own way home, which was practically next door. I wasn't too pleased when Mom took me back.
It was very strange to recently stand outside the school and realise how very small it actually was!
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HOPE STREET SCHOOL

 

Although my memory is not so good today, I can still remember back to 1950 when I used to wait outside the papershop to buy my 'Sunny Stories'.  From then on I was an avid Enid Blyton fan reading and collecting anything written by her.  As previously mentioned I even received a letter from her after sending in my illustrations.

When the Sunny Stories series stopped, Enid had her own Magazine called 'Enid Blytons magazine' and I became a member of her 'Busy Bees' Club. When I was about 10 I arranged a 'back yard' variety show with some school friends and we raised £3.00 in pennies (which was a lot of money then) for the Busy Bees club.  I remember doing a George Formby routine with a frying pan as a ukelele - I reckon this must have been what gave me a taste of things to come.  We had a mention in her magazine (I would love a copy of this mag if anybody out there has one!)  I was amazed when looking on ebay recently, to come across a copy of Sunny Stories - and here it is!