After proficiency I spent my CCF time in the RE's, pretending to build an assault course in the Bird sanctuary. Also a haven for smokers.
“As to your pub quiz question, are girls nowadays still protected from such obscene (!) sights? Are the current plates identical? Now the school is coed, presumably girls don't have to be protected from the realities of life, as we were! Does that answer your question?”
Incidentally the earliest copy of the Bayeux Tapestry, was made by Victorians in 1885 and now is in the Reading, Berks Museum. It contains only one difference from the original. An unclothed man is pictured falling off a boat into the English Channel. In the Victorian copy he wears underpants. In this sense Miss West was presumably a Victorian, if that’s the difference.
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Hmm, my niece was one of the last to wear such a badge as she was at CH at the time of the merger. I must ask her whether she was allowed to keep the badge. I wonder whether she even noticed the difference when she got a plate instead?
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“On 15 May 1955 I took the first RAF Scholars, a party of three boys and Diana , to see the premiere of the film The Dam Busters. I was surprised at how small the boys were in comparison to Diana , who at sixteen was full grown and quite a big girl. There would be no difficulty at fitting them into my car, for the boys were spending the night in our infirmary. The four scholars had the honour of being presented to Princess Margaret before going into the Cinema to see the film. I went up to London again when Elizabeth  was chosen to present the bouquet to Princess Marina, the President of the RAF Benevolent Fund at a concert in St James’ Palace, given by the RAF Military Band. We returned to Hertford laden with flowers, as we had we had been given all the table decorations.”
 “Half to Remember,” DR West, page 54. Publisher and date unmentioned, but probably CH and about 1987.
 When reference is made to girl pupils, no surnames are given.
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