Paul Needle's sing a long
 
VICAR OF BRAY
Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and All
Where have all our schooldays gone, long time past now

Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

 
VICAR OF BRAY
At Wellingborough Grammar School
When Harold Wrenn presided
With cane in hand, not iron rod
Our learning was decided
Divinity he also taught
Of Sodom and Gomm-orah
He ran the school with firm support
And that’s all thanks to Nora!
 
Old Nick was Harold’s deputy
Taught Latin with a passion	
Made verbs and subjects all agree	
When the Classics were in fashion
Amo, amass we’d chant in class
And scholarships we’d win them
A stern man Ivor Nicho - las
Despite his nickname Tin Bum
 
Geography we learned by heart
Because we feared Jake Dunning
Read every atlas, map and chart
Knew every river running
And contour lines and isobars 
Make sure your score’s above fail 
And you just thank your lucky stars 
You know th’example’s Dovedale!
 
No smoking was the golden rule
Lest you were a risk taker
For a crafty drag behind the school
With Ernie our caretaker
When kings or deacons cricket teams
Tried bowling many a corker
The ball went wide or split its seams
On the pitch mowed by Jock Walker
 
Old Father Holmes spent many days
In science labs for learners
Though he sat still his eagle gaze
Watched over the Bunsen burners
In Physics there would be no botch
And Ernie Huddart knew it
His famous saying, “Now just watch
The board while I run through it!”
 
So a raise a glass to WGS
Assisting in our learning
And leading us to some success
And helping make our earning!
 
Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh  and All

Now H A Wrenn, he ran a fine school, some little way up the Doddington Road

With staff who nowadays we might call cool

        John Hyde,                               Rocky Riach

        Ernie Huddart                           Doddy Ridge

        Eddie Phillips                           Ivor Cheale

Chunky Pine                             Gus Leftwich

Johnny Butler                           Danny Burrell

        Brett Tussler                            Tonk Tompkins

Who taught us so much of the time, And managed to keep us in line.

       

Where have all our schooldays gone, long time past now
Where have all our schooldays gone, long time past now
Where did all our schooldays go, fifty years ago?
Where have all our schooldays gone, lost in memories every one
What did we really learn, What did we really learn?
 

 

Where have all our schooldays gone, long time past now

Where did all our schooldays go, fifty years ago?

Where have all our great schools gone, gone comprehensive every one

We’ll toast those good days gone, and what they made us learn

 

Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

FINALE:- Dearly beloved brethren – what brings us together tonight is a shared experience, so the real song this evening is just that – chance for impersonations, and creativity to abound. But as Stan the Music man would have said – you must stay in time!!

Honouring just 4 of the many characters – starting with Ronald Victor Seeley Ward – apocryphal story about the lorry driver from London – sneeze – Splendid!

 

Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

With masters we remember well, fifty years ago

        And mannerisms to recall, from fifty years ago

        Culled from the book by the brothers Tall, at 15 pounds a throw

 

1. Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

     Had Finedon’s own old Beery Ward, fifty years ago

            With a Woof Woof here, a Woof Woof there

            Splendid! Splendid! Everywhere a Woof Woof

     Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

 

2. Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

     Had a Temple with his Gallic nose, fifty years ago

            With a Buzz buzz here, a Buzz Buzz there,

            Bonjour, Bonjour, everywhere a Buzz Buzz,

            Woof Woof here, Woof Woof there

            Splendid! Splendid! Everywhere a Woof Woof

     Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

 

3.  Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

     Had a thriller writing Harold Wrenn, fifty years ago

            With a cough, cough here, cough, cough there

            Thank you, thank you, everywhere a cough, cough

A Buzz buzz here, a Buzz Buzz there,

            Bonjour, Bonjour, everywhere a Buzz Buzz,

            Woof Woof here, Woof Woof there

            Splendid! Splendid! Everywhere a Woof Woof

     Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

 

4.  Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago

     Had an English master, Doctor J., fifty years ago

            With one good here, two goods there

            Three goods, four goods, now then what’s your nickname?

            A cough, cough here, cough, cough there

            Thank you, thank you, everywhere a cough, cough

A Buzz buzz here, a Buzz Buzz there,

            Bonjour, Bonjour, everywhere a Buzz Buzz,

            Woof Woof here, Woof Woof there

            Splendid! Splendid! Everywhere a Woof Woof

     Wellingborough Grammar School, fifty years ago