The photograph of a swimming team in the Retro feature of Heeley Baths (Star, October 19) has been incorrectly captioned “Anne’s Road School squad”.
In fact, it is a photograph of the Sheffield schools swimming team 1951/52 and features a number of notable swimmers from many parts of the city including, amongst others, Glyn Mettam, Tom Hudson, Ted Hannon, Valerie Motley, Niomi Hillsden, Val Jackson, Ted Motley, Beryl Smith, Valerie Hill, Sylvia Breedon, Brenda Clayton, Tony Weston and Maureen Wilkinson.
Also featured is a very young Brian “Boz” Day sitting cross-legged on the bottom right of the picture.
Brian went on to become the British 200 metre breast stroke champion, competing in many international events. He was also a member of the England team at the Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958.
The picture was taken in the Central Technical School hall, Firth Building, Leopold Street – now part of the Leopold Hotel.
Brian Day attended the school in the 1950s, which is why the school’s Old Boys’ Association has an original in its archives.
In the Retro photo only part of the school’s merit board is featured behind the swimmers. In the full photograph, the house initials B,F,S, T, are clearly visible at the top of the board – Bessemer, Faraday, Stephenson and Telford. The hall was often used for such photographs due to its central location adjacent to the Education Offices.
Apart from Brian Day, other notable pupils of the Central Tech include Joe Cocker, Pete Stringfellow and Roger Taylor, British Tennis champion in the late 1960s and 70s. Despite the school closing some 50 years ago, its Old Boys’ Association still thrives and continues to recruit new members!
Secretary, Central Technical School Old Boys’ Association
n The picture was sent in by Rebecca Dancer, of Sheffield City Swimming Club, who also trains at Heeley Baths.
She says: “ This is a picture of my grandad, John Watson, from Ann’s Road School (standing on the second row and is third boy from the right and one of my coaches, Glyn Mettam, is seated on the floor to the left of the cup.