LOOKING BACK: Peterborough schools

Do you remember any of these teachers from King's School?
Do you remember any of these teachers from King's School?
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Schools and pupils are occupying a fair proportion of the news agenda at the moment with A leveland GCSE results.

Schools like everything else have changed dramatically over the years and this week we feature some pictures taken at Peterborough schools throughout the years.

Are you a former student of Peterborough Commercial School?

Are you a former student of Peterborough Commercial School?

Some still exist and some are no more but all have been the starting point for the dreams and hopes of thousands and thousands of Peterborians.

Does anyone know when the picture of teachers from King’s School was taken and can you identify any of the teachers (nicknames as well!)?

The picture of Peterborough Commercial School was taken in 1939. Where was the school located and was it a secretarial school?

The picture of youngsters at Dogsthorpe School was taken in the 1920s. I wonder if any of the children on it are still alive? Is one of your relatives on it?

Dogsthorpe School in the 1920s

Dogsthorpe School in the 1920s

The photograph of the likely lads of Fletton Primary School was taken in 1952. Are you on the picture? Was it a single sex school?

One of our pictures today records a momentous occasion – the official opening of Orton Longueville School .

The man addressing the assembly of 540 staff and pupils is Alderman Wesley Blake.

Do you know when the school opened? Were you part of the first intake?

Do you know anyone on this picture of Fletton School in 1952?

Do you know anyone on this picture of Fletton School in 1952?

If you have any information about any of the pictures please get in touch.

Readers’ memories

Our pictures of the city centre last week stirred some memories in readers.

ESP columnist Pep Cipriano had some first hand experience of Viva La Rock in Rivergate.

The official opening of Orton Longueville School

The official opening of Orton Longueville School

Pep told me his uncles Tony and Sebastian Scibelli and business partner Stef Malajny (of Papa Luigi fame) created the cafe/bar. It had previously been the Kebab House (Peterborough’s first kebab restaurant, Pep thinks).

Pep thinks the picture was taken in the early to mid 80s.

He recalls the venue was loosely based on the Hard Rock Cafe and points out as a sign of how times have changed is that the waitresses wore stockings and suspenders!

The cafe was a place to be seen and the upstairs bar had DJ’s playing alternative music.

City boxers Gary De’Roux, Nigel Fairbairn and Lenny Gloucester all did stints as doormen during that time.

Pep had a weekend job as a teenager collecting the entrance cash. He has fond memories of the place and so do many others.He tells me there was a recent reunion night for Viva La Rock staff and customers at the Solstice which was attended by hundreds of people.

Reader Sue Johnson has some information abouta shop that was on the corner of Westgate and Long Causeway.

She said: “Woodhouse was a furniture shop which later became Cavendish Woodhouse.

“I worked there in the 1980s. The week I started it was relaunched as Times Furnishing. It was opened by Ted Rodgers (of 3-2-1 and Dusty Bin fame) then changed to Queensway and opened by Kathy Staff (Nora Batty in Last Of The Summer Wine).

“They moved to Brotherhoods Retail Park and from there they went into liquidation.’

Thanks to Pep and Sue for sharing those memories.

If you have any memories about any of any of the pictures published, or if you have any pictures you think might be of interest to readers, please get in touch. nigel.thornton@jpress.co.uk, 01733 588714