I’ve just found this site whilst looking for Rentaset and Relay Exchanges things.
I was born in the front room of No 8 Hughes Street, went to Evan Swindon Juniors and Jennings Secondary Modern, left school in December 1959 and started work on the 2nd January 1960 at Relay Exchanges Head Office in Percy Street. I went to the Chapel upon which that was built and then Rodbourne Road Chapel.
My brother still lives there and has just celebrated his 80th year, by writing his memoirs – ‘Forging Ahead’
Forgot to say that I also remember that dreary school song, I found out years later that it was the Harrow School song – I could never get why it referred to the 22 men until then.
I was interested to read Marilyn Beale’s comments, Although I am one year older I also went to Even Swindon and Percy Street Chapel plus the youth club with Bernard & Philip Mabberly. Anybody else remember them. Alan Clark
Re Facebook, someone put up an aerial photo of Even Swindon School, as we lived close by, I tried to pick out our house. Easy enough, one of the houses appeared to have rows of white dots in the back garden. I knew immediately that our house was next door. The man that lived there, Mr Ray ills, grew prizewinning Chrysanthemums. Each year he would cover the bloom with paper bags to keep them good for the shows. His wife was an excellent flower arranger and made my wedding bouquet in October 1965.