Mystery of old school picture is solved

GET ON! ... it's now known these were pupils of Simonside Junior School in the late 1940s.
GET ON! ... it's now known these were pupils of Simonside Junior School in the late 1940s.

GOTCHA! This school was a mystery when I first featured this picture, taken by Marion’s Studio in South Shields.

But now I can tell you it was Simonside Junior School in, it’s thought, 1947-1948.

And I now have all the names, thanks to several readers who’ve been in touch, one or two anonymously but also including Heather Simpson, who was a few years behind these pupils but knew them from growing up in the area; and also a reader who just describes himself as “Old Sima Lad”.

Putting all the information together, it seems that in that back row, left to right, are Eddie Lockney, Gary Cooper, Frank Todd, Brian Curtis, Robert Davison, Brian Bell, Tony Cessford, George Cairns, Gordon Smith, James Pringle, Colin Dinning and Thomas Short.

Middle row: Muriel Bayliss, Joan Rudd, Joan Chance, Jacqueline Hansen, Beryl Coppock, the teacher Miss Henry, Margaret Newton, Vivien Defty, Maureen Baker, Jacqueline Vickers, Myrna Neilson and a girl whose surname was Bland.

Front row: Alan Scott, Edward Hurst, Edward Clark, George Crawford, Eileen Dryden, Eileen Harl, Brian Andersen, Treven Steel, William Angus and Norman Johnson.

No doubt all will be pleased to know, if they’re still with us, that they’re so well remembered by their old chums.

As Old Sima Lad says: “Great teachers, great school, great school pals. Happy days.”

*Cookson Country is now on holiday for a week. Happy Easter everyone.