'The joy of being brought up in Welwyn Garden City is still with me'

PUBLISHED: 10:23 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:23 19 February 2017

Do you recognise any of the faces in this snap? It was taken in 1949 at Handside Secondary Modern School, Welwyn Garden City.

Do you recognise any of the faces in this snap? It was taken in 1949 at Handside Secondary Modern School, Welwyn Garden City.

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Do you recognise any of the faces in this photograph?

Isabel Whittingham (nee Jarvis) is the young girl in the bottom right hand corner.

The 81-year-old told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “This picture was taken in 1949 at Handside Secondary Modern with its outside toilets and bottles of milk for morning break.

“All of the class was born in 1935. Some are no longer with us and I write to a few, including Vera who’s behind me.

“I’d love to know how many are still with us.

“I hope this is of interest to readers. The joy of being brought up in Welwyn Garden City is still with me and my family are still around there.”

Recalling her school days, Mrs Whittingham remembered the cane being used.

Youngsters used to help themselves to apples on trees overhanging the school grounds, and if caught, were either told off or received the cane.

Toilets were based in the playground and had barn doors and all the classrooms had boilers.

A man would pop in every so often to put some coal or logs in them to keep them going.

Mrs Whittingham said: “We were a hardy bunch.

“They cooked proper dinners at the school.

“Meat was on ration at the time, but we had steak and kidney dinners, sometimes fish dinners.

“They used to do extra meals and these were for meals on wheels.”

When Mrs Whittingham got married, she moved to Woolmer Green with her husband Dave.

It was the sixties and they lived in a pre-fab. Then when the pre-fabs were being knocked down for housing, they were offered a house in Welwyn.

The late Mr Whittingham worked at De Havilland, putting Comets together and mending Spitfires.

The couple had four children and Mrs Whittingham is a grandmother to one.

If you were in Mrs Whittingham’s class at school and would like to get in touch with her, email daveandissy@aol.com

You can also share your memories by writing to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6BX or emailing letters@whtimes.co.uk

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