All Our Yesterdays

About 15 years ago, Monty Mountford, an old PE Teacher at Longton High School, gave us a dozen old copies of The Phoenix Magazine from the School – dating from 1948 – for safe keeping.

For many years, The Phoenix was the title of the school magazine and contained details and reports of all of the achievements of Longtonians past and present. In the year 1948, (which was edition number 55 in the series), it listed prize winners for the 1946/7 year and notable in the list in class IVc was one D.J.Bourne.

In the 6th Form prizes, not surprisingly, when it came to German, it just said ‘No Award’!

The magazine had a section in it for the Old Longtonians RUFC and, via the link below, you can see what it was like in the few years before our official ‘birth’ of 1952.

An original report on Old Longtonians from 1948 by J.D.Hammersley can be found here together with one of a number of adverts of the time, which included Armstrong Cycles, Spratts Dog Powders and Webley Air Pistols.

Rugby Football took pride of place at Longton, as ever. An extract from the first team report is as follows – “The results have been disappointing and at times the handling and passing was poor because they both took and passed the ball while they were standing still”. Hmmm…

In the Old Students successes, S.T. Charles was appointed Assistant Principal to the Treasury and was a member of the UK financial mission to Burma.

Flt/Lt Duncan Marrow, DFC, was appointed a Knight of the Order of Leopold II with palms and awarded the Croix de Guerre with palms for courage and gallantry in the liberation of Belgium. Flt/Lt J.W.Frost received exactly the same honour.

Professor W.T.Astbury F.R.S, has received a personal gift of GBP21,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to assist him in his research into molecular structure. Prof Astbury went on to be the Head of the BCRA at Penkhull.