The pains and pleasures of being 12 years old in 1955

As I wrote here yesterday, I’m restructuring what had been ‘A New Tangled Tango’ into something new – provisionally entitled ‘Sixty Years’. It will follow Sandra and Gareth (remember them?) at ten year intervals from being born in 1945 – Gareth in September and Sandra in November.

I started off yesterday having prepared a timeline to make sure that all my event dates would be correct, but I’d forgotten how school years work. In September 1955, they would only have been ten years old. I’d wanted them to be starting grammar school that month but, really they’d need to have been twelve.

The 11 plus means what it says. They’d only have taken the exam in the SCHOOL year (the one that starts September 1st) that they become eleven ie 1956-57 and so, it would be 1957 that they started big school.

I’d already written 2000 plus words today about their first year in the grammar school, and taken a trip out to take a photograph of a local school that once was a grammar school, before I realised my mistake.

I could have rewritten what I did yesterday, and have them born in 1943, but then I’d’ve had to describe life during World War 2. I chose the coward’s way out and went with Plan A. I’ll have to scrub today’s part-completed chapter and keep the decades ending in five – my preferred option. I’ve now reworked my timelines in more detail.

Since I’ve made a special trip to photograph a secondary school that looks like the one I’d imagined in my story, I hope you’ll forgive me if I use that image as my featured photo. It’s the school that they would have been going to in 1957 (if I’d been going to write about that year – which I’m not!).

I took the photo with my Pentax K-1 camera using a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens at 24 mm and f/11. My ISO was 100 and I shot it at 1/25 seconds on a tripod.

Now I just need to find a photogenic local university.

Author: writingandphotography0531

I am a retired local government officer. At that time, I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I have previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My hobby is photography and, until recently, hillwalking in Snowdonia. I have just written my first novel, Persephone and the Photographer, published as a Kindle eBook.

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