Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

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Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Hughie » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:12 pm

From Robert Cook in Canada:
Attached is a picture of the Ardrossan Academy Junior boys choir which won the Ayrshire Festival Cup. I believe this was 1954 as I was in Form 1.
The music teacher was Miss Scrimger and the Headmaster was MacFarlane.
We sang the Welsh song “Men of Harloch”.
Besides myself (second back row extreme right with the specs) the only other name I remember is Bruce Macdougal
second from the left 3rd row up from the front.
Ardrossan Academy Boys Choir  C1954.jpg
I recognise a few faces of former Eglinton school pupils who moved to the Academy after the "Qualifying", including Robert. Possibly David Alcroft seated in front of Robert, and another standing next to Robert. Also on the left of the cup, can't recall the names though.

Anyone recall other names?

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Penny Tray » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:47 pm

I recognised Bruce McDougall who lived in Linn Road, Ardrossan, and I think Douglas Davis from Rowanside Terrace, Ardrossan, is also in the photograph. And could the boy holding the cup be Jack Francis, also of Ardrossan?
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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by bobnetau » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:25 am

I THINK I can name a few .
Working from the bottom as row 1
Row 1. 1st right. Brian Johnstone?
Row 2. 2nd from right. Douglas Beggs
3rd from right. Ian McNab
1st from left. Alan Leishman
Row 3. 1st from right.
3rd from right. Philip Taylor
5th from right. Jack Kerr
Row 4. 7th from right. Robin McPherson ?
9th from right. Ian Douglas
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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Robert Cook » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:33 am

Hughie
The two you identified I believe are/were cousins.
I think Penny Tray is correct with the last name "Francis but I believe the first name was Alec or Alex

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Post by bobnetau » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:46 am

Robert, were all the boys in the same year as you. The ones I have tried to name were in my year but I don’t remember you.

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Robert Cook » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:55 pm

I Believe all the boys were in form 1. I know I tried out for the choir again in form 2 but my voice had changed so got the boot.
There was also a senior boys choir and they sang "Scotland the Brave".
Though I don't remember you either I knew Bobby quite well as he was in my class at Eglinton. (see 1953 photo)

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Penny Tray » Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:37 pm

Robert Cook wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:33 am

I think Penny Tray is correct with the last name "Francis but I believe the first name was Alec or Alex
Robert,

My instant reaction was that the person holding the cup was Jack Francis, who was a year or two above me at Winton/Eglinton schools. However, having checked 'births' in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald database, I now think he had an older brother born 1942, who may have had a striking resemblance to him. Others will forgive me but living at one time within three doors of you, I know that you are older than me and that someone born in 1942 could indeed have been Alec or Alex Francis as opposed to Jack :wink: .
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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by bobnetau » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:05 pm

Robert Cook wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:55 pm

Though I don't remember you either I knew Bobby quite well as he was in my class at Eglinton. (see 1953 photo)
Bobby remembers you too but Iam confused (I know Hugh will say that’s not unusual) If you were in Bobby’s class you should have been a year ahead of me at the Academy as he was born 1941 and I was 1943.

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Robert Cook » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:42 pm

Bobnetau

The more I think about it the more I am convinced that the photo was 1955 not 1954.
I left the Academy in June 1957 to emigrate and at that time I had just completed form 3.
So going back to form one that would make it 1955.
That being said I was probably one year ahead of you at the Academy.

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Robert Cook » Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:43 pm

I was born in 1942

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by bobnetau » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:57 pm

Robert, are you related to Billy Cook who was also in Bobby’s class.
The boys I mentioned in the choir photo were in my year at the Academy, think you must have been a year ahead

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Re: Ardrossan Academy Boy's Choir C1954

Post by Robert Cook » Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:15 am

Billy was not a relative though I was friendly with him in the lower grades.

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