The summer of 82… and school was out!

If you study this photo closely, there are some real characters here. And yes, that’s Ian Broad in the sheepish! Image kind supplied by Ian himself.

A short and sweet one reaches me from old pal of the blog Ian Broad, who at one time lived in the old, derelict bungalow that still (just) stands by the old access road to Shire Oak Quarry off the Lichfield Road at Sandhills – he sent in this great image of 1982 Shire Oak School leavers near the Royal (Middle) Oak pub on Shire Oak Hill.

Ian wrote:

Shire Oak 1982 Shire School leavers…

Outside the Royal Oak in Chester Road. We got thrown out!

I’m the one in Sheepskin jacket in July 😂

This is sure to bring back some memories – can you name anyone in this remarkable photo? The cut off denims. The trousers. You can feel the atmosphere.

Ian, of course, shared the history of the old bungalow at the driveway to Shire Oak Quarry, on the A461 near Sandhills, and has since elaborated on it in articles here and here, and also of the story of Tom’s Cabin, his father’s shop in Brownhills High Street.

Cheers to Ian for yet another lovely memory – if you can add anything to this image, or remember those heady days in 1982, please don’t hesitate to comment here or mail me – BorwnhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!

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11 Responses to The summer of 82… and school was out!

  1. Julie Le-Moine says:

    What a fab photo! This was the heard that I left Shire Oak too and there are a few familiar faces there! The lad talking to him was Doug Foden and the lad on the wall with his arm around the girl Darren Appleby. Kim Luke in the background with the blonde skinhead. This has bought back some great memories! Cheers!

    • Chris says:

      Julie is that nigel lynch next to Kim? Also girl in the white blouse, Caroline..??

      • Julie Le-Moine says:

        Yes Chris….I’m struggling to recognise anyone else at the moment…..it seems like so long ago now…… x

      • IAN BROAD says:

        Yeah in the pic is
        From LHS on the wall
        Richard Norris
        Caroline Bird
        Darren Appleby
        Next two I’m not sure
        Sandra Tebbit
        Julie Cooper

        Middle
        Me
        Dough Foden
        Back of Darrell Edwards (Eddie)
        Nigel Lynch
        Kim Luke
        Paul Claridge
        Pic taken by Steve Blower.

    • Ian Broad says:

      Julie Chetter!! 😃
      Yeah in the pic is
      From LHS on the wall
      Richard Norris
      Caroline Bird
      Darren Appleby
      Next two I’m not sure
      Sandra Tebbit
      Julie Cooper

      Middle
      Me
      Dough Foden
      Back of Darrell Edwards (Eddie)
      Nigel Lynch
      Kim Luke
      Paul Claridge
      Pic taken by Steve Blower.

  2. Andrew Dennis says:

    Different memory, but five years previously, we had no trouble getting in a couple of lunchtime rounds at the Middle Oak, but were greeted at school by Mr Billington commanding “Out! Out!” and making shooing gestures. There ended our grammar school careers. Andy

    On 11 February 2018 at 01:22, BrownhillsBob’s Brownhills Blog wrote:

    > BrownhillsBob posted: ” A short and sweet one reaches me from old pal of > the blog Ian Broad, who at one time lived in the old, derelict bungalow > that still (just) stands by the old access road to Shire Oak Quarry off the > Lichfield Road at Sandhills – he sent in this great imag” >

  3. Rob Sollom says:

    I’m not a hundred percent certain, but the lad on the far left may be Richard Norris. A little after my time but I played rugby with Richard a few years after this photo was taken. I may have been in the “Middle” when they got thrown out. 🙂

  4. Julie Le-Moine says:

    …….Caroline Bird is sitting next to Daz Appleby and to the left of Kim Luke is Nigel Lynch….x

  5. Donna Jones is just behind Caroline Bird. Right at the back I think I can see Alison Ayres and Vicki Newman x

    • IAN BROAD says:

      Julie Chetter!! 😃
      Yeah in the pic is
      From LHS on the wall
      Richard Norris
      Caroline Bird
      Darren Appleby
      Next two I’m not sure
      Sandra Tebbit
      Julie Cooper

      Middle
      Me
      Dough Foden
      Back of Darrell Edwards (Eddie)
      Nigel Lynch
      Kim Luke
      Paul Claridge
      Pic taken by Steve Blower.

  6. Dave S says:

    At that time no one over the age of 18 drank in the Middle Oak.
    From what I remember on leaving school on the friday,rumour had got to us to avoid the Middle.
    Therefore a large group of us spent the lunchtime in the Anchor beer garden and a very drunken lunchtime followed.
    I seem to remember most of the fifth form ended up in the Anchor,and a fair few of us in the Cut..
    Carefree days..

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