The Old Almondburians' Society
The Old Almondburians
Audio archive
The Audio Archive captures the recorded reminiscences of former pupils of King James's Grammar School and King James's School, and of members of staff with a long association with the School. Simply click on your chosen image and the streaming audio file will play in a few seconds.
DR RON EDWARDS
(1936-43)
Former Moldgreen Council School pupil who became a company Managing Director and wrote a book
ROGER DOWLING
(1952-59)
King James's record-breaker (78 rpm) who later became a senior manager in the BBC
REV RON LANCASTER
(1942-50)
Chemistry enthusiast who went on to set up one of the UK's top fireworks companies
AUSTIN HOLROYD
(1936-41)
School-leaver during World War II who joined the Navy and later owned a foundry in Huddersfield
JOHN SENIOR
(1934-39)
Trolley buses fan who went on to become a transport boss at Ribble Transport and then became a priest
JACK TAYLOR
(1959-97)
Taught at the School for 38 years and is on the OAS Executive Committee. Includes school tour
STUART HIRST
(1955-63)
Former HM Customs & Excise matchbox counter who became a Chartered Surveyor
FRANCIS BAREHAM
(1947-79)
History master for 32 years and keen supporter of the Old Almondburians' Society who died in 2008
ROBERT LAMB
(2002-present)
Current Headmaster who previously taught in Rochdale, Middleton and Manchester
GERALD STEAD
(1948-56)
Former Head Boy at King James's, now an Honorary Life Member of Huddersfield Textile Society
JUDGE GRAHAM CLIFFE
(1959-66)
Schoolboy sports fan, now a Judge, who played a leading role in setting up the new School Foundation
DR JIM TOOMEY
(1953-68)
Respected Latin master and Scout Leader who involved the Scouts in local archaological digs
JOHN WATSON
(1948-53)
School Punch & Judy entertainer who achieved hit parade success with The Temperance Seven
ANN WALKER
(Daughter of F S Hudson)
Ann Walker's memories former eminent geography master and Second Master Fred Hudson
DAVID HEPTONSTALL
(1949-57)
School thespian who, after a successful career in teaching, has now become a professional actor
RICHARD GREEN
(1957-63)
Keen member of the scout troop who had a career in Trading Standards and is a vice-President of the OAS
JEFFREY NEILSON TAYLOR (1940-47)
Geography graduate who became a footballer with Huddersfield Town and then a world class singer
GORDEN KAYE
(1952-59)
KJGS prankster who turned actor and achieved worldwide fame as René in the BBC series 'Allo, 'Allo
ARTHUR PILLING
(1928-31)
Son of local farmer who left school after three years to become a lifelong dairy farmer himself
HARRY TAYLOR
(1951-73)
Archive recording on the occasion of Harry Taylor's final speech at Speech Day on 6th October 1972
PAT REID
(1975-97)
Former Deputy Head who joined the School 'for a few years' and stayed until she retired 22 years later
DEREK IBBOTSON
(1942-49)
Brilliant runner who broke the World Mile record in 3 min 57.2 sec and won a Bronze in the Olympics
MICHAEL HARDCASTLE
(1944-51)
Writer of 148 books on sporting theme who was awarded MBE for services to children's literature
GERALD HINCHLIFFE
(1933-40)
Eminent historian who wrote the definitive History of King James's Grammar School
ALLAN DOBSON
(1947-53)
Son of former boarder Gerald Dobson who with five others rediscovered the School Charter in 1952
BRYAN HOPKINSON
(1967-74)
Diplomatic high flyer who became British ambassador in Sarajevo at the age of 38
STUART THOMPSON
(1949-56)
Schoolboy science enthusiast who recalls explosive experiments in the chemistry lab
DAVE BUSH
(1961-96)
Eminent Letter from Porthcawl chronicler who spent a distinguished career at King James's
RICHARD TAYLOR
(1954-62)
Elder son of headmaster Harry Taylor who joined King James's despite his father's initial reservations
FRANK HALL
(1936-43)
School high-flier who went on to become a chief research chemist at ICI Blakeley
BILL BRAIDE
(1936-39)
Oldest member of the Old Almondburians' Society who taught at the School before the War
JEREMY MEAL
(1969-76)
Lifelong public transport fan, much involved in the introduction of 'smart card' ticket systems
ROBERT LAMB
(2002-present)
Robert Lamb looks back at the successes of the past 10 years and welcomes the School's Academy status
DR ROGER L'AMIE
(1973-1993)
A former teacher at King James's, Roger L'Amie is now Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford
Ron Edwards
Roger Dowling
Ron Lancaster
Austin Holroyd
John Senior
Jack Taylor
Stuart Hirst
Francis Bareham
Robert Lamb
Gerald Stead
Graham Cliffe
Jim Toomey
John Watson
Ann Walker
David Heptonstall
Richard Green
Jeffrey Neilson Talor
Gorden Kaye
Arthur Pilling
Harry Taylor
Pat Reid
Derek Ibbotson
Michael Hardcastle
Gerald Hinchliffe
Allan Dobson
Bryan Hopkinson
Stuart Thompson
Dave Bush
Richard Taylor
Frank Hall
Bill Braide
Jeremy Meal
Robert Lamb
Robert Lamb