Early in 1960, when I was in the penultimate class at Church Road County Primary School, Thornton, I was minding my own business as I waited for the bus home from school, when I was approached by a boy, in the top class and therefore a year older than I. He enquired where I lived — Fleetwood Road — and realising that this was near to where he had just moved — Laurel Drive — he declared, “I think you’ve found yourself a playmate”, even though it was he who found me. (He had moved from Taywood Road, Thornton, though he originally came from Bolton, near Manchester.)[more]
At the end of that school year, the boy, Trevor Davies, went on to Kirkham Grammar School — Kirkham lies between Thornton and Preston — and because he had to concentrate on his studies I saw little of him after that.[more] But our friendship was renewed when after a break he looked me up in 1963.[more] Even so, our contact was limited by the fact that Trevor still always seemed to be doing school homework.
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