I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Dunstable Grammar School boys on BBC One’s national news.
There they were, in vintage film footage from the 1950s, hard at work on fire practice.
They raced along in a fire engine and were shown directing cascades of water from a hose. Exciting stuff.
It turned out that it was all part of an item about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
Newsreader Sophie Raworth explained that Prince Philip would attend the scheme’s 500th gold award presentation that day.
Here are a couple of screen grabs (the technical term for pictures off my telly screen), showing stills from the vintage footage, which was broadcast courtesy of the award scheme.
A quick look at Dunstable School 1888-1971, published by The Book Castle, filled in the gaps. The book is an expanded version of F. M. Bancroft’s A Short History Of Dunstable School 1888-1963.
It says that Dunstable Grammar School was invited to join in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award pilot scheme.
And the grammar school boys also took part in a film, called The Way Ahead, about the scheme.
The film was partly made on the school premises and elsewhere in the town.
If you saw the clip, did you recognise any of the “firefighters” from those long-ago days?
And is that the Beecroft estate in the background of the picture of the boys grimly hanging on to the fire engine?
Drop me a line if you know who’s who and where’s where in the footage.
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What did I think of the old film footage?
These schoolboys really were “a class act”.
I asked last week for thoughts on what nickname we could give the wheeled wonders on the new Luton-Dunstable guided busway.
One poor reader commented: “We would like to name the busway the ‘Thud, Thud, Thud Express’ as that is the noise it makes as it goes past our bungalow (awful!).” Oh dear.
Another reader, John March, suggests we could call it the Busway Flyer, like the long-gone Skimpot Flyer train, as it is so speedy.
But he sensibly points out: “The only problem with trying to give it a name would be, what bus does it refer to?
“The train’s name worked as there was only one train but there are several different buses and bus companies running on it.”
True. But the nickname could cover all the busway buses, as in “a Busway Flyer”.
I was also interested to hear that John had seen three interesting number plates on Grant Palmer buses on the busway, marked BU51WAY, BU52WAY, and BU53WAY. Have you spotted any others?
And what do you think of Busway Flyer as a nickname for the busway buses?
I’m still keen to hear your busway nicknames – send me your suggestions.
I came up with the Busway Bolter, but the Busway Flyer could be just the ticket!
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Time to celebrate the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s our duty to indulge this week.
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