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Bryan Bellars

Bryan has sent us the following, along with some photos. We managed to make contact with him following the passing of John Saunders in 2014.

Bryan Bellars“I'm afraid I can remember the 1P room well (including striking “Nic” Nicholson during a German lesson some year later and for which I apologised to him in 1983 or thereabouts over a beer or 6!) but can't remember the room number. I remember John [Clarke] well from train trips to and from Ash Vale and was saddened to hear of John Saunders’ death - I remember him as a gentle but very sound chap.

“The short version of my life so far is that I served in the RAF for 26 years immediately after leaving Farnham College. Although I didn’t realise my dream of qualifying as a pilot, I had a full and rewarding career, retiring in 2003 and then taught IT (professional Microsoft qualifications) for a while, re-built a house in Scotland before leaving on the break-up of my marriage. I then taught special needs kids in North Devon before leaving for Ireland (ROI). I am now happily re-married and run my own firm, ironically working with a firm near Oxford, having been introduced to them by Tony Lawrence.

Bryan Bellars“For those who remember me, I apologise for my lack of communication but as you were all going to University, I went in an entirely different direction although I, too, eventually got a degree! I have been in contact with Caroline Gooding (Slim), Adrian Harding and Tony & Judy Lawrence sporadically over the years and, thanks to Blunderbuss [cheers, cheers, Eds] I've recently established contact with a couple of other folks. I can be contacted at b.p.bellars at gmail.com if anyone is interested although I'm renowned for been a lousy communicator!”

Bryan in his RAF uniform

Bryan Bellars, Farnham Grammar School

Form 1P. Bryan is believed to be standing to the right of Paul Hobbs (centre of doorway), and next to Adrian Harding