Photos of Wigan
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Whelley Secondary School


John Close and Alan ????
Photo: kathy lee
Views: 3,683
Item #: 11301
taken at Whelley school c 1956

Comment by: Philip Harrison on 22nd January 2010 at 18:44

Allan Barton is the boy and the left and John Close is the person on the right.

Comment by: kathy lee on 21st March 2010 at 13:50

Thank you for naming the other boy I remembered his name was Alan
John Close was my brother He died in 2001 aged 55

Comment by: michael james hunt on 6th April 2010 at 21:31

alan barton was my friend .I sat next to colin blackledge , on the back row ,in the 3rd and 4th year and am sad to hear the report of his accident via this forum .Alan and I went to horwich loco works as apprentices after leaving school and lost touch when I qualified as a electronics engineer and went to manchester university .I think norman cunliffe was our sports master ? nice person as I remember

Comment by: Philip Harison on 7th April 2010 at 10:40

Thanks fo your comments Michael, are you Dorothy's brother, did you go to St Stephen's school?

Comment by: michael james hunt on 15th April 2010 at 20:35

Got it in one philip , I am amazed at your good memory since we are recalling over 50 years ago . Both Dorothy and obviously myself are still in good shape .I have been retired from Manchester University for 5 years and start my "old age pension " next month .I do remember many people in the photographs from the schools that are now demolished .

Comment by: dave b on 23rd September 2010 at 19:34

i did not know John had died sorry to hear it

Comment by: Joe Green on 13th February 2018 at 19:45

just looking at the photo of John and Allanl think the lad behind Allan.we were in the same name is Joe Green.

Comment by: rt on 1st January 2019 at 04:13

what I remember about john or cloggo has he was called by everybody was that he was a troubled lad who didn't like the pressures of modern life, his character was more akin to that of huckleberry finn in the mark twain books I spent a day with him when we where about 14 and he took me to his granddads at the side of the canal in new springs who he respected very much and from there we went along the canal to the plantations and thinking back it was such a great day as it was comeing spring and everything was starting to grow and there was birds everywhere. RIP john sorry for your troubled days

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