12 Sep 2014
I do not often look
at the site but had a venture on to it today. I never knew Dai Newman
but I followed him into the Caernarvon sixth form. Mike Tompkins was
the Head of House and he frequently made reference to Dai. Tommo and
I overlapped for a year and he went on to join the Army. In October
1976 I introduced him to Lisa when I was visiting him in Middle Wallop.
Later I was to be his best man. He remained in the army throughout his
career and finished up in Yorkshire but we are not in contact
I remembered Bruce
Colesar well, the backbone of the house basketball team. Unbeaten in
my two years at the school thanks to the illustrious Americans Bruce
and Randy (Glass) I think.
The only other Windsor
friend I have regular contact with is Iain (Geezer) Butler who lives
in Truro Cornwall. I also had regular contact with Mike (Smutt) Smith
but this has unfortunately fallen away recently.
I sometimes wonder
about many others; Terry Horner, Gerry Bird, Chris Lane, Bo O Barr,
just a few of the many I shared a great sixth form experience with.
By the way my younger
brother also nicked named (Paddy) Hawkins) but real name Cormac also
attended WBS and on occasions this confuses friends.
They also say you
remember a good teacher, I always think fondly of Brian Birkby and George
McKay nether actually taught me but were the house masters when I was
in Caernarvon. I always feel they gave me real direction in my life.
Brian; to be a rebel and challenge convention and George to work hard
and have aspirations. For the vindictive amongst WBS members you are
welcome to "black spot" me. it was my father, who lived in
Rheindalen," that closed down and decommissioned WBS on its closure.
I have never forgiven him.
Brian (Paddy) Hawkins