(My brother had no interest in football so he lucked-out that day.) I’m absolutely certain that we had been going to the ‘new’ pool for quite some time prior to that.(*) This information was gleaned many years ago, from two people who were competitive swimmers in the borough at different times.

The following is his story: Bayliss - Wstow Ave - Stan Happy new year, Bill BAYLISS Thanks Barry, now that you mention it, I seem to remember there being a fire late in '66 which started in the cafe and caused one of the observation windows to break, shutting the pool for a while.

I've tried looking it up online but with no success - I'll rely on other peoples memories to correct me!

One was my brother who swam for the Universal Swimming Club during the mid/late 60’s and the other was a young lady who I briefly ‘courted’ during the early seventies.

She was a member of the Waltham Forest Swimming Club.

And so we made a special trip to see Arthur and we had a great re-union in a pub in Newquay that was an Australian type pub. Janet PERRY Hello Colin, I have just found your letter, and remember you by your picture of the class I put on WM back in January. Some of the lads I remember if you look it up, it's Jan 16. I was (and still am) hugely proud to have played for two of the teams.

Sadly my friend had a stroke not long after that and he finally passed away, but I shall never regret tracking him down and having that re-union. All players would receive a weekly newsletter which featured the previous week’s results and the coming week’s fixtures. The following season I had moved-up to the under fifteen side.

They were Charles, Esther, Joan (later Baroness) and Lily. Beloe and Spicer were very good but hard and Horner was a rat. I'm now living in Leicestershire, but whilst at School was living in St Andrews Rd. Tony SMITH Hello Daniel, I would just like to take the time to thank you for all the hard work you put in maintaining this wonderful site.

If you have any knowledge of these I would be very greatful. The other teachers were Harrison (Science), Dobson (Woodwork), Thompson (Metal work): all very good but hard. Baker were both still teaching at Whittingham, and as already mentioned both very good teachers, but we lost them upon moving to the new school, there was also Mr. Also to wish you and your family, plus all the good folk who contribute, or indeed just read what others write, a very Happy Christmas and a harmonious & healthy New Year.

As a former Walthamstow resident (as were my parents), I'd corresponded with him several times, and it was a delight to "talk" to him via e-mail and to share his enormous knowledge of Walthamstow and his enthusiasm for the stories and articles that appeared on his website.

If they happen to read this, my deepest condolences to his wife and family.

I too remember Mr Smith, I also remember having to squeeze across behind the shallow end to get to the male poolside lockers where your clothes got soaked by people jumping in and 'bombing'.