Clarendon School

Member of the School Band, 1950s

By Derek Hough

Seacroft Gardens

My name is Derek Hough, I moved from North London to Seacroft Gardens South Oxhey in 1950. After a stint at primary school I joined Altham House at Clarendon about 1952. Looking back I can see what a great school Clarendon was trying to be. Four houses, Great school uniform, School band etc.

Looking for a photo of the Band

I was a founder member of that band. The music teacher, Mr Elliot opened up a whole new world. We played all over the place, even at Watford F.C v Queens Park Rangers. Does any one know where to get a photo of the school band? I think we were in the local paper, but which one?

I left the school 1956 and moved back to London for my mothers health needs. I can still remember the school song.

Cheers Derek Hough.

This page was added on 04/04/2011.

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  • I lived 133 Muirfield Road. Clarendon 1964-67 first teacher Mr Eady -  Capel Block.

    By david smith (29/09/2013)
  • I was at Clarendon School in the early 1960s, I remember the band being photographed by the Watford Observer, check out their website.

    By Sheila (03/07/2012)
  • Hello Derek, Can’t say ‘yet’ That I remember you. I joined Clarendon 1951, we were the first year ever. Each succeeding year another block was built and was finished in 1955 when I left. I was with the band when it first started, I really liked Mr Elliot for his enthusiasm in starting the band. It changed things for me, being able to read music was a great talent. Also at that time a group of us joined the Army Cadets in Watford, and played in their brass band as well, although there were no valves on the instruments. I played Baritone…John Sharp, John(Sam) Smith, Teddy Hanmore, are some of the guys I remember, and were good friends with, also with the Army Cadets. My family lived at 41 Muirfield Road (on the corner with Hoylake Gardens). I only found this site today, through my younger brother Jerry. It’s funny because I have an early photo of us playing, 1954 but in the Army Cadets… Fond Regards Terry

    By terry Westwood (01/06/2012)