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(source : Pat Gritton)

Pat Gritton found this photo in an old copy of "Steam World" as he was browsing in a local car boot sale. The photo was taken March 7th 1959 — when many of you would have been slogging away, just up the road at The Priory.

I'm not sure that many of us would ever have used this station, however : according to an accompanying article, passenger services on this Bishop's Waltham Railway were withdrawn January 2nd 1933. What you see featured in the photo is a 'Branch Line Society' rail tour, with a former LSWR 'M7' pulling a couple of coaches.

Those trainspotters amongst you might like to note the following : M7, 0-4-4T No 30111.


Patrick Southall writes (July 2007) :
" I have attached a group photo which I recently unearthed. Taken at St.Columba's in 1955 I think. I can't work out what the group is. My best guess is that it was a class group. I have tried to remember names and used the Pelicans' website to check but my list is not complete and possibly with mistakes.

(L-R) Seated :
Peter Yates, Gerry Cannon, David Pendlebury, Gerry Short, Richard McKenna, Sandy McLeod

(L-R) Standing :
Anthony Rigby, Russell Ottaway, Martin Leonard, Paul Tait, Steve Shevlin, Peter Smith, Patrick Southall, Jim McQuade, J J Quinn, Danny O'Hagan, John Tait, Michael Parsons, Dick Tobin, Andy Mooney "

(source : Pat Southall)

Extra help to name people given by Chris Benton. This looks like a group from 1956
—about to leave St Columba's for The Priory, but Gerry Cannon (RIP) was already there. Any ideas ?

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(source : Peter & Bernie Osborne)

Eugene's sister Bernie writes (July 2007) :
"I thought you might like these pictures of Eugene. They were taken at his
friend Andy Smith's house where they were celebrating his 65th birthday.
I especially like the one with the champage bottle with his name on it."

(Andy was a lifelong friend of Eugene's. They started Primary school together).

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(source : Peter & Bernie Osborne)

Vintage Eugene MacBride (12th January, 2002)

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(source : Peter & Bernie Osborne)

Mrs Zelda MacBride, on the same occasion