School caretaker (General)

by Marc66, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 09:05 (276 days ago)

Does anyone remember the school caretaker at Bilson school in the 1980's? His name was Colin Drew and he was my dad.He also did the school crossing on the high street by Keiths fruit and veg shop so was known by the kids as the lollypop man.He died in January 1985 from bowel cancer at the young age of 51(I'm 53 now)

School caretaker, Bilson Cinderford c1980

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Thursday, May 30, 2019, 00:18 (275 days ago) @ Marc66

Hi and a warm welcome to the forum.
I went to Bilson but left in '73, but until the early 80s was still living at home on Parragate just along from the school. As much as I fondly recall Keith James who only retired in 2014 iirc (aged 78!), I'm sorry to say I cannot remember your father, or indeed any lollipop men or ladies in Cinderford. My own father also died young of cancer, although not as young as yours, so you have my deepest sympathies in this respect. I'm afraid the only member of the Cinderford Drew family that I can recall is Percy Drew who owned the shoe shop next to Jacobs clothes shop, possibly a relative of yours.

I hope to be proven wrong, but I'm not sure you'll get much success on this forum which is usually for much earlier enquiries. I think you'll probably get far better results if you try the "Old Cinderford" Facebook group, which often discusses Bilson school activities from the 70s n 80s. I do hope Admin don't mind me quoting their website address.

Hoping this helps, Jeff.

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