Considering the number of Bell and Howell 'amateur' cinematographers there were amongst assorted fathers at Sports Days we are surprised at the lack of archive footage available. However, here we have four School trips abroad, The 1969 trip to the USA let by Martin Carr, the overland trip to Morroco with Frank Hawkins, Martin Carr and John Gale and original (unedited) footage of the 1972 and 1974 USA trips again with Martin Carr.
There is also footage from the 2013 and 2014 School Reunions with Mick Abbott and Rod Dengate, Mick Abbott's tour of the School buildings and for those of you who came from Orpington and nearby who will remember the annual carnivals there is some footage from the 1960s. Finally some fascinating 1957 archive BBC footage of John Woodhouse's exploits in the woods at the bottom of his garden! Enjoy.
Note: There is some additional private footage from 2mins 35 secs.
This is a transcript of the report in the Kentish Times:
Two local boys appeared on "All Your Own" a BBC television programme abou enterprising young people on Sunday. They were John Woodhouse of Copperkins, World's End Lane, Chelsfield and his friend John Hinckley of 89 Northwood Avenue Orpington who converted a small car into a giant-sized go go-kart.
Last summer after buying a pre-war car for £5, the boys, both aged 12, stripped off the bodywork, realigned the brakes and rewired the electrical system. They built a wooden platform onto the car chassis, and added two seats, lowered the steering column and repainted the machine.
Now, although it is not quite roadworthy it certainly goes, as one Kentish Times reporter who was given a hair-raising ride will testify. The boys drive the machine in the large garden and woods behind the Woodhouse home.
John Woodhouse attends Cray Valley Technical School and his friend John Hinckley who planned the route to the rewiring (sic)