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This Site Was Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2008

Site Owner - Stephen Smith

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When did you attend Priory?

1966 -1972

Who was your most unforgettable teacher?

There were several for me. Mrs Jackson - whose French classes I enjoyed so much; Miss Piper another French teacher - just good fun; Mr Lloyd - I wish I had been more respectful in his Geography classes

Who were your best friends at Priory?

James and Philip Trench, Simon Blake, Rocky Lord, Keith Slater, Charles Keith, Arthur Kitchin, Ofer Zusmanovith, Dennis Wilson

Who are you in touch with now?

I have stayed in touch with the Trench brothers since school. Now as well, 'talk' to Simon Blake, plus of course I'm in contact with everyone who contacts this website!

Who would you like to trace?

Firstly, I'd like to find more of the people that everyone else wants - see Lost and Found below. For me, thanks to Denise Henry, I found Arthur Kitchin last week and spoke to him on the phone. However there are so many people like Kim Howchin and Gay Savage and names that pop into my head the more work I do on this site.

What was the wildest thing you did when you were at Priory?

I've been dreading answering this one myself, since I did some mad bordering on stupid things. However the most memorable was the night (after some 'encouragement' from the friends mentioned above), I challenged Rocky Lord to a car race from Devon House to the Sheraton Hotel in New Kingston. Rocky was driving his Capri 3000GT and I was in my Dad's Oldsmobile 442.

Because I was too intent on impressing the audience by making flames come from the back tyres, Rocky had the edge as we turned down Knutsford Boulevard. I had to drive down the wrong side of the road into the oncoming traffic and I think, pipped Rocky by a foot or two although to this day he claims victory.

Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

There were a couple. 'Mad' Jon Harvey who was just plain unpredictable with a terrible temper and the late Freddy Mullins,  who used to scare me just by walking in my direction.

Where do you live and what do you do now?

I live in Haywards Heath, England, a town about 40 miles South of London. I commute to work in London where I am Human Resources Director for Lloyds TSB Bank.

Tell us about any significant others

I have been married to Julie since 1978. We met at work. We have two offspring. Tom is 26 and is a teacher of Physical Education at a state school in Crawley, UK and Yasmin, 21, who is a Sociology graduate training to be a Primary School teacher.

  Me & Julie                  Tom & Yasmin

What do you think of the Priory website?

Stephen Smith is a genius! What more can I say?!

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