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Spent 5 years there at the college 1963-68 doing day and block release as part of my apprenticeship, took my City & Guilds in Mechanical Pipe Fitting and Gas & Arc Pipe Welding. Just linked up with a couple of guys I was there with 40 years ago through Friends Reunited, had a great time going over old times, we all agreed that the most enjoyable part of the course was lunchtimes in the pub opposite.
I drove past the chestnuts this morning about 11 o clock, there's been a bad fire there, the fire engines were still putting it out, most of the damage looked like it was on the upper floor, just drove back past there and the fire engines and police are still there.
It dont seem that long ago when I was at the college, and the gaffer - cant remember his name, big bloke, had a silouette picture of his daughter behind the bar - was refusing to have a jukebox installed.