Reader’s appeal answered by former St Mary’s classmate

Miss Carroll's class at St Mary's, 1954
Miss Carroll's class at St Mary's, 1954

Denise Matthews (née Burke) sent in these photos after seeing Mike Lelliott’s appeal, in Looking Back, for more childhood pictures to add to his collection.

Denise and Mike are both featured in the St Mary’s Infants 1 class photo, which has been featured regularly in Looking Back over the past few months; Denise is third from left on the middle row, and Mike is third from right on the front row.

TA party, c1953

TA party, c1953

Denise sent in the photo above, which shows Miss Carroll’s class from 1954, at St Mary’s.

She said: “Mike is turning his head, at the centre of the middle row, and is next to Arthur Murray.

“I am first girl from left on bottom row, next to Eileen Fitzgerald.”

The other photo Denise sent in was taken at a TA party, at the Forest Road headquarters, in around 1953.

Denise added: “Mike is pictured blowing up a balloon behind the cat, at the centre. I am left of the cat, as you look at the photo, and my sister, Marion, is to his right, blowing up a balloon.”

Can you name any of the other children in Denise’s photos?

If you would like to share your own photos and memories, please get in touch.

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