Remem
bra
nce
com
memoration
HERE
are
many
war
memorials
around
the
UK,
indeed around the
world.
Latymer
has a
fitting
bronze
plaque
above
the
Great
Hall
entrance
to
honour those
who
died
in
the
First
World
War. Latymer
also
has
an
Ashworth
Memorial
Library in honour of
the
charis-
matic headteacher
who
began Latymer's
life
on
the
Haselbury
Road
site.
ln
that
library
is
a
book recording
the
names
of
all
Latymerians
who
died during the
Second
World War.
Every day a page
is
turned
in
that
book.
Almost
a
year
ago,
one of
the
oldest
Latymerians,
Dick
Hibberd
(class
of
1928), pointed out
that,
apart
from that
book,
there
is
no
school memorial
to
those who died
in
WWll.
He
had
an
idea
of where
such a
memorial could
go and
met
with
me, bringing
sketches
of
possi-
ble
designs.
Over a
period of
time, the
heads
of
Art
and
Technology
drew
up
a
design.
Art
students worked
on
the
details, the
design
of
two different
tiles
to
surround
the
names. Kevin
O'Mahoney,
the
prem-
ises
manager, was
project
manager and
the
memorial board containing
all
the
names was
installed
a
week before
Remembrance Day. Do have a
careful
look at
the
board
next
time
you are
in
school.
James
Blake
returns
FORMER
Latymerian
James Blake
(class
of
2000,
known
as
James
Litherland
when
at
school)
has
made
a
huge impact on
the
music
scene,
both
in
the
UK
and
overseas.
He
is
considered
a
pioneer of
the
post-
dubstep
movement, working
with
elec-
tronics and
vocals
to
produce
a
distinctive
and original sound.
I
recall
that
James's
2007 A-level Music
piano recital
was
themed around The
decay
of
tonality'
and combined existing
repertoire
with
an
extended improvisa-
tion.
Even
then
it was evident
that
he
pos-
sessed
not
only considerable
talent
as
a
pianist (especially
jazz),
but
also a
creative
instinct.
His
composition
developed
fur-
ther while
studying Music at Goldsmith's;
'They sholl grow
not
old,
os we
thqt
ore
left
grow
old.
Age
sholl
not
weqry them, nor the
years
condemn.
At
the going down of the
sun
and in the
morning
We
will
remember
them."
Mark Gqrbett
Above, Ieft to
right:
Carolyn Songer
(heod
of
Art),
Tig
Trafford
(heod
of
CDT),
Dick
Hibberd
(closs
of L928),
Tim
Newland
(closs
of
L9j2),
Andrew Gronath
(school
srchivist/head of History),
Christine Smith
(LOSA),
Mark
Gorbett
(headteacher),
lanet
Osborne (Arts
qdministrotor);
students
Emmo Edwords
and
Kotie
Robertson
(11Lomb)
since
then
his
career
has
really taken off.
He
recently per-
formed
with
Ben
Assiter and
Rob
McAndrews,
(both
ex-
Latymerians,
class
of
2000),
to
sell-out
audiences in a
USA
tour
and
then
further
performances
in
the
UK, Europe,
Australia
and
the
USA.
James
was
nominated for
a
BRIT
award and was
runner-up in
BBC's
Sound
of
2011-
poll.
For
further
information
and
to
listen
to
his music
visit jamesblake.com
or
www. myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction
Jim Harrison
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