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Dennis Barnard answers Frome old school photograph appeal

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

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AS a result of our appeal for old school photographs, Dennis Barnard came across this one taken in 1946.

Mr Barnard from Chapmanslade was in the third year of Frome Grammar School and was the youngest in the class. On January 9 next year he celebrates his 80th birthday.

He thoroughly enjoyed his school days doing his school certificate aged 15 and leaving three months later at the age of 16.

After leaving school he joined his father Arthur in the family business, the Post Office and grocery store in Chapmanslade before embarking on his National Service.

He then returned to the village shop, running it with his father for ten years until Arthur Barnard's death and then together with his wife for a further ten years.

At the age of 45 his life took a completely different turn when he became auctioneer for Cooper and Tanner. He still works today.

His memory is as good as ever and he has recalled the names of all the young people in the photograph apart from the Christian name of the bespectacled boy he is sitting next to in the front row.

Can anyone help?

Back row: Nancy Norville, Howard Biss, Shelley Henson, Charlie Lange, June Keeping, David Cornish, Michael Saunders, Jean Frost and Michael Jukes.

Middle row: Geoff Scard, Valerie Weeks, John Aven, Barbara Sears, Cecil Ashman, Graham (Dickie) Barnard and Doreen Dyer.

Seated: Les Mortimer, Donald Nicholson, Diana Smith, Janet Clift, Dennis Barnard and ? Way.

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