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Former pupils finally able to mark 100 year anniversary of college

Former pupils finally able to mark 100 year anniversary of college

by Danielle Thompson (October 2021)

TO mark the 100th anniversary of King George V College in Southport - which was originally Woodlands School for Boys - a gala and month-long exhibition will be held.

Members of the  Old Georgians  Association, who are organising the anniversary events, say the celebrations have been delayed by 18 months due to the pandemic.

An exhibition will take place at the Atkinson Art Centre, on Lord Street, from now until November 13 and a dinner at the Bliss Hotel on Saturday, October 16.

The exhibition will feature an oil painting of the Scarisbrick New Road college by Nancy Dixon, whose husband Geoffrey was its headmaster from 1949-1976; a bust of King George V, presented to the school by Southport Council in 1926; a full colours blazer, awarded to boys for appearances in the first team of rugby, hockey or cricket; caps; ties; a college prospectus and copies of Red Rose magazine, the annual magazine of the  Old Georgians.

The  Old Georgians  Association’s social secretary Jonathan Elliott said: “The site is now KGV Sixth Form College but the original school, Woodlands School for Boys, opened back in 1920.

“In 1926, it became King George V and it moved to the current site after which it operated as the town’s Boys’ Grammar School until it was converted into a Sixth Form college in 1979.

“The exhibition will include memorabilia, such as school uniforms, the foundation stone and the original front door key as well as the consent letter from Buckingham Palace allowing the use of the King’s name.

“There will also be a considerable amount of detailed information on the school, its history, former pupils and activities. It will also serve as a Remembrance for the former pupils who died in the Second World War.

“The dinner has already seen a very encouraging response leading to the need to transfer the event to a larger location than previous annual dinners. It will be a great opportunity for former pupils and existing as well as past members of staff to come together to celebrate the school’s and, more recently, college’s impact on their lives.

“The guest of honour is The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and he is representing HM the Queen as KGV is one of only two schools named after her grandfather. The other is in Hong Kong.”

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