I READ with interest the Keighley News feature on Keighley Boys' Grammar School trips abroad.

I have this photo of a party leaving Bradford Exchange Station to start a trip to Barcelona and Majorca in 1961.

Frank Trenouth, Michael Jackson and Michael Hardstaff were the masters.

I am the boy in the blazer underneath the Platform 9 sign!

We crossed from Newhaven to Dieppe, got the train to Paris and then an overnight train in ‘couchettes’ all the way to Barcelona.

After a few days we flew to Palma (first flight for some), and the return to Barcelona was by ship, then back across France as we'd come.

I recall visiting two lots of underground caves on Majorca – Drach and Hams. Also Valldemossa Cathedral, where Chopin eloped with Georges Sand, and Puerto Pollensa.

I'm still in regular contact with Shaun Pye, on my left in the photo.

I also went on a school trip to Milan, Rome and Naples at Easter, 1964, with masters Frank Trenouth, Wilbert Bloomfield and Mr Day. On that trip we were able to see the Pope preach from the balcony of St Peter's on Easter Day and visited Milan Cathedral, most of the historical sights of Rome, and from Naples went up Vesuvius, visited Pompeii and Herculaneum, and made a (very rough) crossing to Capri.

I left Keighley when I married in 1971, and have lived on the Wirral now for 35 years, but still manage to see the Keighley News online most weeks.

Brian R Moate, the Wirral

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