THIS YEAR (2018) WILL BE THE LAST Christmas mail.
Loosing peoples mails makes it too difficult to administer. Messages
will be posted here.
The email contact list that I have
is becoming unusable because of changes of your email address -
please update by sending mail to
I am no longer
regularly updating this site. The technology I was using to produce
web sites is now old and nearly redundant.
Requests for help in making contact with old boys
those listed can not be made.
here for info have failed in the past.
John C Richards (Slim)
Donations to run web site appreciated £££ Annual cost £50.00 ££££
MAJOR PROBLEM - I AM LOOSING YOU ! PLEASE INFORM OF EMAIL CHANGES!
Progress ! the places we knew are going.
The Granada Cinema THEN
The space /car park NOW
Use PayPal to get Archive DVD Click on Logo
Over 55,000 hits not bad for a niche interest site
The cost of running the website has been born by me and to some
extent funded from the sale of CD/DVD
The DVD is continually updated with the contributions of old
Cotonians and others.
Please help me keep the site going - cost of DVD £3.50
I have two tales - both about Coton food.
The first is one I heard of, but have not had authenticated. The
fried eggs at breakfast 1958/9 where so hard one could use then as
shoe leather. Well it seems that things got to head and in unison -
and spontaneously 100 + eggs where pinned (using drawing pins) to
the wall of the OLD canteen. After which the eggs improved.
Horse Meat Pie
During 1962/3 the menu included a meat pie whose main
constituent was Corned Beef, not to bad - but somewhere in the
cooking process things seemed to go wrong because this could be
smelt from the top of the drive (about 1/2 a mile). leading to it
being named "Horsemeat Pie" Again a spontaneous refusal to eat the
said thing resulted in it going off the menu.
"BTW has anyone ever mentioned “Coton Radio” about 1963/4 it
went on the air broadcasting, using basic audio amps, through
the earth and neutral of the power sockets and anyone who
connected a speaker to the neutral and earth was able to receive
the music and commentary, usually Rugby songs (sport Rugby not
place Rugby). I think it was closed down when the warden picked
it up on his TV, or someone a few villages away picked it up.
Not exactly certain what the reason was but it only ran for a
short while before being closed." ? That was our pirate radio
and I think it predatedRadio
Caroline and Simon Dee in March 1964.(Bob Stewart (1963))
DVD content = 2000 + photo files and documents!
Again recent input has been great !
KEEP them coming, what a history and record of those times.
The archive has come in various forms, by e-mail, by hand and by
post, if you have photographs, documents or other memorabilia, but
do not have the means to digitize them feel free to send them to me,
I will then scan and return - mail me - to make it complete I still
need more, especially from the years - pre 1959 and post 65
Of late I have received
requests for help in contacting Old Cotonians
Unless their name (both sought and seeker) appear on the list I can