Former Seaton man meets old school pals

PUBLISHED: 15:01 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 15 August 2018

Reunited: Stephen Rotherham (second from left) with Pat Bewick, Alan Hunt, Joy Skarratt and Margaret Parsons. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Reunited: Stephen Rotherham (second from left) with Pat Bewick, Alan Hunt, Joy Skarratt and Margaret Parsons. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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A former Seaton man has been reunited with some of his childhood pals after a successful appeal thorough the Midweek Herald

Stephen Rotherham (centre) with childhood friends Jackie and the late Chris Byrne Jones  on the cliffs at Seaton in the 1950s.Stephen Rotherham (centre) with childhood friends Jackie and the late Chris Byrne Jones on the cliffs at Seaton in the 1950s.

Stephen Rotherham, now 74, lived in the resort with parents Tim and Louise in the 1950s. Amongst other things his dad ran an ice cream kiosk on the seafront.

But the family moved away when Stephen, who attended Colyton Grammar School, was 13.

Recently, while sorting through some old items at his home in Aylesbury, he came across some photos of his early years in Seaton.

And he sent them to the Herald to publish in the hope of tracking down some of those in the pictures.

After they appeared in the paper and on the newspaper’s website Stephen’s phone hardly stopped ringing.

And last week he returned to Seaton to meet up with some of the people he knew as a child.

The gathering, at the Eyre court Hote,l included former school pals Joy Skarratt and Margaret Parsons.

Also there were Alan Hunt and Pat Bewick who identified the two children pictured either side of Stephen in the photo he found. They were the late Chris Byrne Jones and his sister Jackie.

After the get together Stephen said: “I had a very enjoyable day in Seaton. Two of the people there were old school chums, Margaret and Joy, both of whom remembered my brother Robin and me.

“The experience of being told and reminded of events that took place 60 plus years ago was almost surreal.

“I was particularly taken by Alan Hunt’s gift of two photographs of my father and the original programme of 1955 when he produced and had a part in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.

“I would be very pleased to come back to Seaton again, particularly if there are more developments.”

Stephen added: “My childhood memories of living in Seaton were very happy ones, with lots of freedom.

“We had lots to do with the beach and cliffs and roller skating on the front.”

Anyone who remembers Stephen and would like to get in touch can contact him on 01296 483355.

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