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Ed Shares Clipping From The Coventry Evening Telegraph 1966

OP Ed Hodgetts sent us this clipping from the Coventry Evening Telegraph back in May after finding it when he was having a clear out.

The cutting is from 1966 and shows Archbishop Dwyer talking to some pupils at the official opening of Princethorpe College.

Ed recognised the faces but after all this time struggled to name them all. He thought that left to right they were: ?, John Wheildon, Archbishop Dwyer, ?, ?, Kevin Hardwick, John Tehan? and Eddie Rogers. The Priest on the right came with the Archbishop.

We recognised Sean Kerrigan and shared the clip with him, and he confirmed that he was the pupil closest to the camera on the left, but that the boy in the centre was actually Martin Nash and not Kevin Hardwick. Can anyone else help us fill in the remaining gaps?

Ed also found a photo which came from the Coventry Evening Telegraph at the time the boys school opened. With help from his elder brother he named the individuals it pictured as, left to right: Martin Zucco, Stephen Gately, Fr Fleming, Pete Davis and Anthony Hodgetts.

Ed told us, “I think most who leave Princethorpe go with fond memories, I certainly did. Fr Fleming, quiet and kindly; Fr Clarkson, always with a ready smile; Fr Horgan, chain-smoking along the corridors and into the classrooms; Fr O'Connor on the rugby pitch, I still have the scars; Fr O'Callaghan, cross country demon who could quell a riot with one look and one word .... Gosh!”

“A few of us camping in the fields above Switzerland in the holidays was a highlight. We had the run of the place and the off licence at the Three Horseshoes would quietly let us have a supply of beer and fags.”

After a life in agriculture, hospitality and finally as a lecturer in accounting, Ed is now happily retired with his wife Dorothy (32 years since knot tie) living in Freckleton, Lancashire. They have two daughters, a grandson and granddaughter.

It was fascinating to receive the clipping and the photograph, many thanks to Ed for sending them through.

If you can tell us any more about the opening of the College, the cutting or the photo, any details, names or memories then please do get in touch email

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