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HE may have taken his last school exam almost 80 years ago but retired Rover engineer Alan Bradley has proved that it’s never too late to join your old school association.

HE may have taken his last school exam almost 80 years ago but retired Rover engineer Alan Bradley has proved that it’s never too late to join your old school association.

The 94-year-old who lives in George Road with wife Muriel also known as Queenie, was reminded of the Moseleians Association of Moseley School after a letter arrived at his home inviting his son Roger - who has never attended Moseley School - to a reunion.

The Deerhurst Court resident said: “When I received the letter it reignited my interest in Moseley School.

“I left in 1933 when I was 17 but carried on playing rugby for them until the start of the war.

“We then got married, had Roger who is now 62 and we fostered many children as well so I didn’t really have time to think about the school.”

Now the one-time quality manager who travelled the world between 1961 and 1976 supervising the overseas assembly of export Land Rovers, says the association will provide an extra interest for he and Muriel, aged 88, who is currently taking a course in psychology and is a former teacher to dyslexic children.

The Farewell Reunion is a last chance to tour the former Moseley Modern School, which merged with Alan’s Victorian Gothic-style grammar school in 1974 to form a 1,400-pupil comprehensive.

The 1950s modern school block, no longer fit for purpose, is earmarked for demolition as soon as a replacement building is completed next year.

Alan is also set to revisit old memories this September when the Grade II listed former grammar school will feature in National Heritage Week-end.

“I don’t expect many from my era will get there, but as a member of the association there will be other events and contact with pupils of later years.” For more details of the Farewell Reunion: www.moseleians.com or phone Diane Brooks, 0121 749 4790.

 

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