Ken I Johnson (1943-1949)

trolleyDr A John Willmott (1943-53) has informed The Prescotian, “Ken I Johnson (1943-1949) died on 28 November 2016 in Cheshire. He was one of the Moss Bank boys who travelled to PGS on the trolley bus (later replaced by ordinary buses) via St Helens. Moss Bank was in the Lancashire County Council area, not in the Borough of St Helens. Hence he came to PGS instead of Cowley. Several years earlier, Charlie Middlehurst, an English teacher, had been educated at PGS, again as a Moss Banker.

Ken was beefy and played Rugby when the opportunity came his way – he took part in a “demonstration” game of how Rugby Union was played at PGS together with a teacher, Mr Hilton, who played for Orrell”.

 

 

 

 

Sad News about Tony Gill (1966 PGS Leaver)

Ian Williams has contacted the website with tragic news about Tony Gill, “Trevor, just heard from Sue, Tony Gill’s partner. “Ian its Sue Tonys partner. I have bad news for you l’m afraid. My beloved Tony passed away @12.15 on Sat 5th Nov in Whiston Hospital. He had been there a week with multiple problems including pneumonia, a large blood clot near the lung & Atrial Fibrillation. He had a cardiac arrest in A&E the Sat before but the hospital though wonderful couldn’t save him.He died peacefully in my arms with his family around him. My lovely kind sweet man has gone lan & l am heart broken! The funeral is yet to be finalised but l shall let you know tho realise you wont be there. Our address should you wish to send a card is 3, Bembridge Close Widnes WA8 9AA.Best wishes Sue.X”

Ian added his own tribute, “Tony and I came from Longview CP to Prescot together and were close friends. In the first year it was the custom for the second and third years to “twat” the Newts with school rulers on the calves. But sadly for tradition, Tony and I were bigger than most second years, and shall we say, broke the tradition, not just for ourselves but for our other contemporaries. And when it came to our second year, In a continuing upsurge of righteousness, we stopped others from continuing the practice. I think we finished it for good in fact.  He was a great character, larger than life whose operating name was “Boris” because he two extra incisor teeth grew out above the originals for a while! He kept the name long after he lost the teeth!
It was Tony who introduced me to the Prescotian after I had moved to New York. I cannot attend the funeral, but will make a point of raising a glass or two in his honour“.

An appeal about E.F. “Joe” Kirk

The Prescotian has received an unusual request about former PGS music master, Mr. E.F.Kirk.

“I am not an alumni but getting in touch as I’m involved in a new Choral Singing Project exploring the work of Nigerian Composer Fela Sowande. We are only 5 weeks into our choral project and Two of the songs the choir is currently learning “Come Out and Dance” and “The Wedding Song” were written by E. Fielding Kirk! A bit of google research has led me to your website.

This is the link to our website http://transculturalvisions.com/singing-cultures-home/about-singing-cultures/
and the Facebook Page for our project https://www.facebook.com/singingcultures/

I’m sure our project seems a far cry from Edward Fielding Kirk’s days as Music Teacher at Prescot (I’ve been amused by some of the postings about him and now aware that he was quite attached to his slipper!). However, I would be grateful for any leads that might provide with more insight into his life and music.

Best Wishes,
Bilkis Malek”

Any help would be most appreciated.