I love this photo of class 3, Dinas Primary School c 1953, and can give you the names of everyone in the class, including the four children who were absent on the day.
Back row, from the left: David Stephens, Ken Davies, James Davies, Walter Mathias, John Spedding.
Middle row, from the left: Keith Thomas, Brian Williams, John Harries, John Williams, Mr D T Lewis (form master).
Front row, from the left: Grace Williams, Jeanette Lewis, Janice Davies, Pat Owen, Sylvia Harries, Mair Davies.
In the same class but missing from the photo: Margaret Rowlands, Mefus Williams, Ann Richards, Audrey Williams.
Interestingly, the majority of these children have stayed within five miles of Dinas for most of their adult lives. Three moved to Haverfordwest (20 miles away) and, as far as I know, only one has moved out of Wales to England.
This little class produced at least two athletes, one of whom represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games and the other played for Llanelli RFC, at least five teachers, a mechanic, a builder, two bankers, a railway worker, a pub landlady and a gifted musician. And, in spite of diligent enquiry, there are still some of these pupils that I know nothing about.
What makes this photo special for me are the shadowy figures from the Infants class, looking out of the window at the photographer in the playground. There, in the middle, is Miss Mary Perkins who had been at the school so long that she had probably taught the parents of most of the children in the picture. On her right is Janet Willoughby (whose English name can be explained by the fact that her family arrived in Dinas, having fled the floods in the East of England) and on her left is Bobby Smith, whose mother ran the booking for the village tennis court until recently.
Were you in Dinas Primary school in the 1950s? Can you share any of your memories. I’d love to hear from you.