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Blois Trip 1948

My First Trip Abroad

John Bird

On the 'Worthing' on the way to Dieppe. Everyone looking very smart and eager for new and exotic experiences: especially, in the words of the then current pop song, 'cigarettes and whisky and wild, wild women'.

On the SS Worthing

Dieppe looks fine considering the fierce fighting five years previously.

Dieppe Harbour

Impressionist view of the approaching sea wall at Dieppe! Was it 'Mal de mer' or an excess of exotic experiences to blame?

Distant Dieppe

Outside the house of my exchange pupil, Jacques Bonnault, in Rue Franciade.

Outside the Bonnaults

Jacques in smart suit and his brothers Danielle and Maurice. Jacques came over later to LCGS as French 'assistante'. See photo 16.

Outside the House

Jacques's family.

The Bonnaults

Cycle trip to Orchaise. In the cafe garden. Tompsett, Robus and Yates waiting for some action; or at least something to eat or drink!

Tea Garden 30km from Blois

Jacques, John Church ('Honia') and Bernard, his exchange pupil, on the steps above Rue de Papin in Blois.

Jaques, Church and Bernard - Rue des Papins

Pupils from the Lycee practising for the rugby match with a scratch team from our party.

French boys practice rugby at school

Before the Civic Reception outside the Mairie. Messrs. Perkins, Diffin and Jones, centre, chatting with local dignitaries. Mr Auld at the back left?

Outside the Mairie

Orchaise again.

At Orchaise

Outside one of the chateaux (Cheverny?) with GG Wood and Roger Jennings. Cheverny

Orchaise again.

At Orchaise

With some of the local talent.

French Group

15. Line up for the famous rugby match. Location the Blois football ground. Our team to the right.We chat nervously, whilst they pose confidently for the inevitable victory. Score 51-0 I think!

The Teams

'Fast forward' to later in the year. With John Woolmore, Jacques Bonnault and 'Honia' in Grange Gardens during the return visit to Lewes.

Woolmore, Jacques, Church and me

Happy Days!