On Tuesday, the BIG DAY came round at last - the centenary at my old school: Eastfield Primary. You may remember, I was invited to help with the celebrations by spending a day with the children (see Alice Goes To Wonderland).
I got a train down to London on Monday afternoon (above is a drawing I did on the train). I stayed with one of the teachers, Mrs Bonner, coincidentally a friend from my days at the Latymer Grammar School, 30 years ago (!). It was so strange when she met me at the station: I know this can't be, but she looked EXACTLY the same as I remembered her. How weird is that?
The following morning, I set up my books and flipchart in the very hall where I acted in the school play, back in 1968. Half the school has been modernised unfortunately, so my old classroom is no longer there, but the playground was just the same.
The children were bouncing off the walls with excitement, as Mrs Bonner had dedicated an entire assembly to me, and bought lots of my books in advance, to read to them. They all insisted on calling me 'Lynnechapman' (one word), presumably because they had heard it so often over recent days!
We had such a good day. I did monsters with Y2 (and it was refreshing to see all the teachers do the drawing too - thank you!). Y3 drew Mr Strongmouse towers (some excellent ideas kids - I hope you finish them off). I danced the cancan with Y1 and introduced them to Smudge, then just had time to do a talk for Y4 and show them various bits of work in progress.
I sold almost all the books I took (a great relief, as I nearly died lifting my case up the stairs at Gordon Hill station). My only sadness was that, because I had to be in Burton bright and early the next morning, I wasn't able to stay for the Eastfield Reunion party that evening. I had a look at the fascinating displays of photos through the years though, going back to before the war.