Well, what a surprise. I had just walked from Euston in a
torrential downpour and when entering the pub headed straight for
the cloakroom to dry my pate. I caught a sideways glimpse of
a vaguely familiar face on my rush into the loo. On my exit I
discovered it was John Sparks. As I walked towards him he
stood up, his full 6'6" and that all too familiar beam spread
across his face. John had arrived with Pate Sage, they
travelled up from Hemel together. John had flown i from
Canada that morning hand had arranged with Pat to travel up with
her to the TOADS do. he wanted to surprise people.
John was visiting his folks in Hemel for a few days before flying
on to Africa on business.
John joined the rest of us in the
sixth form. He transferred from Bennetts End SM along with
the likes of Ian Hemsley and Cliff Hall. John works in the
Oil/Gas industry as an engineer and has travelled over the world
extensively. He has lived in Canada for over 20 years and is
now based in Calgary. He has grown up children at Uni in
Canada and has recently embarked on his second marriage. (It
must be the North American influence)
It was amazing to see the look on Titch Blake's face when he
walked in the pub and spotted John. They spent some time
together when they were both based in the Manchester area.
Colin Hales was also so surprised to find that John had travelled
from Canada and headed straight for the TOADS do. Colin
remarked: "if we can get John
Sparkes in from Canada, we must have more pulling power than Rod
It was really great to see you again John.