Colin Cowperthwaite of Sedbergh got in touch after spotting himself in a 50-years-old photograph of the speech day at Queen Elizabeth School printed in The Westmorland Gazette.

He wrote: "I was in the third form at that time, aged 14. My year joined QES in 1965 and in my case it was quite a traumatic experience, having come from a small rural school (Garsdale Primary).

"I transferred from a school having around 15 pupils to one of 350, 90 of us being boarders. Nowadays, of course, the school has around 1,400 students, with no boarding facilities.

"In 1965 the head at QES was the renowned L.G.Defoe, who had been in charge for 30 years. He retired at Christmas that year, being replaced by P.R.Castle, who went on to reign for a similar number of years.

"As boarders, we were only allowed home one weekend in every four or five weeks, and even then had to be returned to school on the Saturday evening, being allowed home again the following morning once we had attended church! This, of course, was somewhat unfair to pupils who lived further afield, preventing them from enjoying a weekend at home.

"I can name some colleagues from my year on the photo, namely Margaret Hayhurst, Jonty Sexton, Paul Stott, Graham Stephenson and Martin Euler. Other faces I can pick out (to the best of my memory) are Peter Allen, Nick Bentley, David Senior, Tim Stothert and Michael Waller."

Meanwhile Ralph Beckett, 90, of Kendal, submitted this old photograph of a class at the Boys' School, Bowness, in 1937.

He can name all but one of the pupils. Back row, from left: Bobby Wilkinson, Kenneth Jopson, John Trenouth, Colin Hogg, Malcolm Tyson, Geoffrey Garnett, Jimmy Scott.

Middle row: Eric Battersby, Geoffrey Singleton, Reg Nicholson, Cecil Fell, Bruce Palmer, Trevor Goodhind, Ralph Beckett, Douglas Studholme.

Front row: David Powell, Geoffrey Allonby, Bryan Sarginson, unknown.

If you have any old phonographs you would like to share with readers, send them to with brief details about the photograph and yourself.