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Guestbook - October 2008

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  photo : Samuel PageI am researching my husband's family tree and my research has taken me back to Ridlington, Rutland. His great, great grandfather was William Page, born Ridlington c 1813. He married Elizabeth Shelton 15 November 1838.

As far as I am aware they moved from Rutland to Hanley, Stoke on Trent area.

My husband's grandfather was born in Foleshill, Coventry and his wife Amy Tranter was born in Stoke on Trent.

The photo is of Samuel Page born in Ridlington c 1881. He is wearing his Met Police officers uniform. I have the uniform confirmed as that of a Met officer's but unfortunately not the rank. I know that he retired to Bournemouth and died there 1982 aged 101 years.

Can anyone tell me if there are still any Page descendants living in the area. I would be grateful for any information regarding this family name.

CONTACT Mrs Rosemary Page
[17 OCT 08] Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School
  I was one of the original pupils who joined students from Cheylsmore School and Churchfield High School as the original intake in 1955?. We had great playing fields and spent joyful times there. When we arrived the bridge had no guard rails so my friend and I staged a dramatic plunge into the lake in order to get the rest of the day off. I can't remember if we succeeded, but the rails were soon in place.

I was at the school until 1961. I credit many of the staff then with imbuing in me the love of music and literature. Mr Poole, an English literature teacher, read us Sherlock Holmes while our music teacher played at his piano while we gazed at the swans and their signets on the lake. My memories are of a very relaxed atmosphere and I consider myself fortunate to have attended the school - although when I first learnt I was going there, I cried and cried because no one knew what a comprehensive school was and I thought that I had failed my exam.

I now live in Serbia at the foot of the Valjevo mountain range and the internet connection can be rather unreliable. I hope someday there is a reunion, it would be lovely to reminisce.
CONTACT Amanda Celar (ne Walton)

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