Dear Dave and family and helpers,
What a wonderful afternoon and evening you laid on for us Old Boys, along with family and friends. Every year, you come
up with something new, whether it be memorabilia, stories, something that an Old Boy made and given to you by his family,
it's just incredible. Without the work that you put in on our behalf, I wonder where our Reunion would go. I'm sure that
every Old Boy that attends the Reunion cannot thank you enough. You do a magnificent job on our behalf and I can assure
you Dave, it's appreciated by all of us.
I'm sure that if that silver bugle is around, one day you are going to get it. By then we will be that old, none of us will be
able to play it but it will be a good talking point. I also would like to say, how so many of us missed Pop Steel at the Reunion.
He has been a stalwart at our Reunions and his memory, incredible but as we are all aware, age catches up with all of us
and I can understand why he didn't attend this year.
I have written to David and Denise, and I've attached a copy of my letter to them. If you want to put it on the website you
can but that's entirely your decision.
Thank you so much for my school report and Mr Wheatley's comments. What you don't know he did make me go to the
gardening training under Mr Embleton, it lasted a week. After breaking the rake, the shovel, and bending the forks of
something that's called a fork, he told me to get out of his gardens and get back to the carpenters shop as he felt he had
been striped up by Mr Wheatley in asking him to take this 'wonderful young boy' Michael Justice to teach him gardening.
I heard him tell another member of staff, that I had done more damage to the gardens and equipment than all the other
boys that had gone through the gardening programme from when Goldings opened. It was really wasn't my fault that four
of the wheelbarrows got punctured, that I'd used weedkiller on the vegetables, I genuinely thought it was a fertiliser, and
the wellington boots I had been given although they did look new, had a hole in them before I put them on. Of course, he
would not accept any of this, and felt I could do less damage back in the carpentry shop.
I don't know how you did it Dave, but it was lovely to look at my original report and it didn't look too bad!
Will ring off now,
Kindest regards to you and Mal, and the family,
Mike Justice MBE