Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Prizegiving

My CV (which can be found by going HERE and scrolling down), includes one item of which I always been particularly proud. This, the second in the list of my lifetime's achievements, is perhaps the most noteworthy, though it was only a runner-up prize.

Unfortunately photography was in its infancy in those days and no pictures of the presentation of the prizes are known to exist. However, to illustrate the item I have found a lovely contemporary print of a comparable occasion, though it has to be said that this was a much more lavish affair:

Had I attended that 1885 prize-giving ceremony (at Le Palais de l’Industrie, Paris) rather than the one in 1938 at Kingsley Road Junior School, just by the Croydon gasworks, I might have been standing behind the man about to receive the first prize, though of course I would have been wearing shorts.

Incidentally, the respective Guests of Honour at the two events were Hector Berlioz in 1855 and, of course, Miss Beamish in 1938.


Grumio said...

Excellent leap of narrative in linking two events which, I shall wager, have never before been linked, certainly not as deftly as this.

dandd said...

Not to belittle your youthful accomplishment (few others --certainly not I -- deserve such an honor)-- but really -- could you have been anything other than a "Beamish boy"?

Tony said...

Callooh! Callay!