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Keen to see old friends

Opinion Piece

I will be visiting Gisborne in February for the first time since 1963 and would be grateful if, through your newspaper, I could see if any of my classmates at Central School in the early 1960s would like to meet my wife and me when we are in town.

My father taught mathematics in the Boys' High School and the Girls' High School and my mother taught at Central School and then Girls' High. Our family returned to Scotland in 1963 and I now live in Aberdeen.

While we lived in Gisborne, Ilminster School opened and Sheepfarmers built a huge supermarket on Gladstone Road.

Many children went to school on bicycles, and I remember them being checked for roadworthiness every year.

A traffic policeman called Hutchison or Hutchinson used to sit near junctions in an unmarked beige Holden equipped with a loud speaker and he would call over, very publicly, any cyclists not signalling or observing traffic rules.

I was a paper boy for The Gisborne Herald, my round being 5-2.

The delivery boys would collect their papers from the press room within minutes of them being printed.

I later also did “wraps” where papers were rolled up into labels for delivery to rural addresses.

When we left Gisborne, my paper round was taken over by Barbara Thom(p)son — I don't remember any other girls having paper rounds so she may have been the first.

Anyone wanting to contact me can do so through the editor at The Gisborne Herald.

Roderick (Roddy) Matheson, Aberdeen