Last updated: 2 Apr 09
on 1956 photo, not on 58
1956 School Photo
Mr J G Denman taught History. His other nickname besides Dan was Blossom. The reason — as his photo shows quite well — being the island of hair that he had in his receding hairline. Woe betide anyone who he heard use that particular nickname.
As a teacher he was first class. I am probably biased as History was always my favourite subject and is an interest to this day. He was a Yorkshireman, I think from Sheffield, and he was passionate about Cricket. I think he very much enjoyed his stints as umpire in School and House Matches. He left not long after the change from Kipping to Witcombe; he is not on the 1958 School Photograph. Many, many years later I was suprised to see him at Aldridge School. My elder son had just started there so it must have been 1987. I was there for some sort of parents meeting and he was being given an award on his retirement. I did not have chance to speak to him but the strange thing was that he looked exactly the same as when I was taught by him!