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1974 Rooftop Antics Leave Long Lasting Mark On Princethorpe

50 year-old graffiti discovered on College roof.

Members of the Princethorpe Estates Team had a bit of a surprise when recently checking the College rooves on the main school building.

10 metres or so above the ground they came across what can only be described as 50 year-old graffiti daubed in bold white paint! It was very well hidden behind a chimney above the former Shower Block, which is now Art. 

The culprits, possibly not expecting their work ever to be discovered, had audaciously left all their names and the date of the transgression (1974).

The guilty gang of five, comprised Chris Marot, Ian Costello, Jim Burke, Jean Pierre Parsons and Anthony Cowland.

According to Jean Pierre, the act took place on a balmy evening at the end of June after A-levels when the bored Sixth Form boarders were waiting to be collected and a trip up to the roof with a paintbrush seemed like a good idea! 

The paint, was borrowed from the then caretaker's store, and was clearly very good quality as it has lasted so long.

Very sadly some of the group of former Sixth Formers are no longer with us, but the two rooftop artists we did manage to track down, Jean-Pierre and Tony, recognised the stupidity of their actions and were most contrite and apologetic.

Their and our advice is clearly never to go up on the rooves, as it is very dangerous!

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