Eccles Grammar School
MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND, 1966
We set off from Eccles on the morning of Tuesday, 23rd August, and arrived at Folkestone in time for the boat to Calais. After a calm crossing we caught the train from Calais to Montreux, via Basle. With eight in a compartment, we had a somewhat sleepless night but we enjoyed the wonderful experience of travelling through France in the dark!
We arrived at Montreux the next morning and made our way to the hotel (Le Cheval Blanc) where we were instantly greeted with a wholesome breakfast of bread and coffee, a meal which, for the next week we persevered with, and eventually began to enjoy.
We quickly found the various places of interest. We could swim in Lake Geneva, or in the outdoor swimming pool attached to the Casino, visit the Chateau de Chillon, go boating on the lake or even try our hand (or rather feet) at water-ski-ing. Mr. Hardman quickly found us a crazy-golf course! If we wanted to rest, we could sunbathe on the hotel verandah overlooking Lake Geneva and the Alps.
Trips were arranged for us to visit Geneva and the United Nations Building; Chamonix (where a cable-car ascent gave us a good view of Mt. Blanc); via mountain railway to Rochers de Naye (the highest mountain garden in Europe). We also crossed Lake Geneva to visit the French town of Evians.
The older members of the party were pleased at receiving their "0" level results in the middle of the holiday, and we had ample facilities for celebration.
Much to our regret, we started back on August 31st. arriving in Eccles late next day.
Most of us came home with healthy sun tans, empty pockets and memories of a most enjoyable holiday. We are most grateful to the teachers accompanying us, without whose organisation the trip would not have been possible.
I. Garner, 6LSc.
BOYS' ATHLETICS, 1966
On 18th June several boys below the age of 18 were entered in the Lancashire Schools Athletic championships. However, only 3 reached the finals, Jackson finishing 7th in the 2,000 metres steeplechase, Wiggans finishing 12th in the 1 mile and Finch coming 4th in the 110yds. hurdles.
Just over 3 weeks later, the annual Eccles and Irlam Schools Athletic meeting was held at Eccles C. of E. School. Once again the school took top honours, particularly good results coming from the 4th year, where Jackson and Boardman had two firsts each. Thanks to another 1st from Critch in the 110yds. hurdles, the boys' 4th year section finished ahead of all the other schools. The over-all total was enough to give us victory, although by a margin of only 7pts.
The following; week, the School Sports were held, and, on a dismal day, few records were broken, although Finch did equal that of the Senior 110yds. hurdles, finishing in a time of 15.5 secs. In the events preceding Sports day, however, 3 new records were set up: Jackson sliced seconds off the middle school 1 mile record, returning 5min. 4secs. Also in the middle school section, Smith put the shot a record 37ft. 5ins., whilst in the corresponding event in the junior section Rigby put the shot a record 20ft. 2½ins.
An interested crowd saw Normans snatch victory at the end by virtue of being well placed in all the relay races.
Individual championship honours went to Hodson in the junior section. Finch was the Senior Rex Ludorum, whilst Boardman and Messer shared the Middle School Championship.
GIRLS' ATHLETIC REPORTS, 1966
On Wednesday, 6th July, 1966, the Inter-Schools' Athletics meeting was held at the Eccles Church of England School.
The 2nd year did extremely well and brought back the 2nd year Team Trophy as a result of their fine efforts. A. Puzylo won the individual 2nd year Trophy and C. Etheridge won the Individual 3rd year Trophy.
At the Lancashire Women's A.A.A. Meeting, Sandra Moody, Irene Francis, Jennifer Cochran, Denise Smith, Kathleen Harris, Mary Edwards and Carole Etheridge were entered. Carole Etheridge did exceptionally well in the Junior Long Jump to be placed 3rd and awarded a bronze medal.
At the Lancashire Schools' Athletic Meeting on June 18th at Farnworth, girls from Eccles Grammar School were selected to represent Eccles and Irlam. Carole Etheridge came 2nd in the Junior Long Jump, Sandra Moody came 4th in the Senior Discus and Susan Hadfield came 6th in the Intermediate Shot.
The Annual Sports day held on July 13th produced 5 new records. In the Middle School Carole Etheridge jumped 16ft. 3½in. in the long jump to beat the old record by 11½ins. and B. Dolan claimed three records for herself when she threw the javelin 81ft. 9ins. and the discus 76ft. 2ins. and putt the shot 28ft. 8tins. In the Senior School Mary Edwards clipped 0.7 of a second off the 80 yards hurdles to win in 11.6 secs. A. Puzylo won the junior individual trophy and M. Edwards and S. Moody were joint Reginae Ludorum.
Denise Smith, 5Language I