Last Sunday, I spent a pleasant few hours in the company of Ronald Robert Burgess, who was in the same form as myself when we began our education at Keighley Boys Grammar School in 1945. We meet up now and again and inevitably conversation always seems to revert to what happened to others who shared the immediate post war years with us seventy years ago. This time our attention centred on Neville Stockdale and Jack Binns. Neville, the younger son of Leonard Stockdale, the Chemistry master, was a quiet lad who played cricket in the 1sr XI when he was in the 6th form and Ron seems to think that after University, he might have worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. And what about Jack Binns? He too played cricket in the same side as Burgess and Stockdale - that would have been around 1952. He received his school colours and I do believe that he remained in Keighley working in the textile industry. Anyone able to provide information?
Two months have elapsed since I posted my query regarding Neville Stockdale and Jack Binns. Not one solitary reply. Got to say that I am disappointed but I guess that I have to accept the fact that there cannot be many of my contemporaries who are still drawing breath. Or, if they are still on the land of the living they never look a this web site. Pity! It would have been good to have known how life had treated Stockdale and Binns! Actually, I did speak with David Seeley on the phone and he told me that there were two Jack Binns', and that the one who had become a textile whizz kid had been in the 'B' form and that the cricketer had been in the 'A' form.
Thanks to the efforts of John Sayer of Goose Eye and David Seeley of Keighley, the mission to locate the whereabouts of two old classmates has been 50% successful. Dr Jack Binns has been located in Scarborough and we have made contact.