The Latymer Link - page 6

atymer Old Students Association’s upcoming events for 2015 include the AGM on Tuesday 10th March,
our Annual Dinner on Saturday 18th April and Summer Reunion Day on Saturday 11th July, all to be held at
the school. We would be delighted to welcome all Latymerians of all vintages “back to school” for any or all of
these special occasions, but in particular those who joined the school in 1940, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1950, 1955,
1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990 & 1995 are warmly welcomed to join a reunion lunch for their year
group at the Summer Reunion. Full details of these events and how to book (if applicable) are available at
, where you can also view photos from our 2014 events.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of our great friend and loyal supporter Des Dyer in October. Des
joined the school aged 11 in 1939, just in time to join the party of Latymerians evacuated to Clacton on the
outbreak of war on 1st September. In May 1940, when it became clear that the east coast of England was not
quite the safe haven it had been hoped, a second wave of Latymer evacuations, sending students and staff to
the Welsh valleys and to Cornwall, took place. Des was billeted on a farm at Mawnan Smith near Falmouth
and the two years he spent there proved unforgettable for him. Although he returned to London to finish
his education, marry and start a family, Cornwall had cast its spell and he and his wife returned to bring up
their children in the area. In later life, acting as the main link for all those who
were part of the Mawnan Smith evacuation, Des was in contact with many
Latymerians, organised some very well-attended reunions in the village hall
(which had served as the Latymer schoolroom during the war years) and had
amassed an impressive collection of memories and photographs relating to
the evacuation. Copies of many of these have already found their way back
to Edmonton but Des’ family assured me that anything else uncovered while
his house is being cleared will be saved for our archives here in Edmonton, for
which we are very grateful.
Emma Halstead - LOSA Administrator
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