MEMORY Lane this week takes us back to the 1960s, and to St Oswald’s Church for this fascinating picture of the church’s choir.
The image, which dates back to 1963, shows the choir of the Mayfield Road Church with some of the adult members sitting among the many juniors.
It was lent to us by the former head boy of the choir, Colin Wood, who was born in Ashbhourne and now lives in Doveridge.
He can remember most of the names of the people in the photograph, including Christopher ‘Daly’ Atkinson, the choir master pictured second in from the right in the row of adults in the dark suit.
As well as running the choir Mr Atkinson taught at the grammar school, Mr Wood recalls and was a renowned musician in the local area.
Among the faces in the rows are two of Mr Atkinson’s sons and News Telegraph readers might recognise friends or relatives in the picture.
One of the more familiar faces includes Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football Committee secretary Mick Betteridge, the furthest boy on the right.
Mr Betteridge hasn’t kept his singing roots buried over the years and has, for a long while, been joining Barry Greenwood in leading the singing of Auld Lang Syne and God Save the Queen at the Shrovetide matches each year.
Mr Wood, who was around 14 when the picture was taken, has given us a list of names but wonders if News Telegraph readers might be able to help him fill in some gaps, particularly the two gentlemen sitting on the right and left of the second row.