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Prizewinners, holding their trophies or books, gathered outside Matlock's Ritz Cinema in the summer of 1951 following Ernest Bailey Grammar School's annual Speech Day. Other schools held their speech days in local cinemas as they would have been one of the few venues able to accommodate current and past pupils and their parents. However, Bailey's didn't really have a Hall. There was a large classroom with a stage which had obviously been enough in earlier days, but was less than adequate in the 1950s.

Those in the photograph, where known, are:

Slightly behind the pillars:
Man standing on Mr. Orme's right is Ewart W. Dredge, Deputy Head

Fourth row, standing:
--- | either Sheila or Shirley Smith | [pillar] | --- | --- | --- | Mr. B. C. Orme (headmaster) | --- | John Standen | [pillar] | Mrs Lowe (in front of poster) |

Third row, standing:
--- | Ann Beastall? | Pauline Hare | Jean Carson | --- | --- | --- | --- | Hans Espig |

Second row, seated on the steps, holding cups:
B. Gregory | John Hancock | Richard Standen | --- | John Billingham |

Front row, seated on the ground:
--- | --- | --- | --- |


Showing at the cinema that week was the comedy "Everybody Does It", a film released in 1949

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Please email the web mistress if you can identify anyone else on the photograph.


Image supplied by and Copyright © Pauline Jordan. With thanks to Phil Wigfull for additional names.
Other research provided by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only