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MADAM: I very much en­joyed the ar­ti­cle about the Kinema in the Woods (“Cinemagic”, Au­tumn 2016) , as I was at school in Wood­hall Spa, Lin­colnshire, to­wards the end of the war. We had just re­turned after be­ing evac­u­ated to In­gle­ton, York­shire, at the be­gin­ning of the war, due to the Army hav­ing req­ui­si­tioned the school’s premises and grounds for an anti- air­craft base. Need­less to say, they sited one of their three guns right in the mid­dle of the lov­ingly tended cricket square!

I well re­mem­ber three oc­ca­sions, when we were taken to the Kinema to

see films, deemed to be suit­able for our age range and they were much en­joyed by one and all. Hence the Kinema held a spe­cial place in our mem­o­ries, but it was not known to us as the Kinema in the Woods. It was known lo­cally as The Flicks in the Sticks!

In­ci­den­tally, with re­gard to your ar­ti­cle about Chris Brasher ( Au­tumn 2016), his wife Shirley Bloomer, as she then was, and her brother Robin were con­tem­po­raries of mine at the school.

Shirley, of course, went on to great suc­cess in the Bri­tish Ladies’ Ten­nis Team, while Robin, I un­der­stand, re­stricted his sport­ing in­ter­ests to horserac­ing and, in­deed, his bet­ting record while still at his se­nior school was so suc­cess­ful, that a lead­ing book­maker of­fered him a job there and then! It was gen­er­ally thought that, while the bookie wished to take ad­van­tage of his prow­ess at pick­ing winners, their rules of em­ploy­ment would pre­vent him from plac­ing bets with them. — TOM KING, CALNE, WILT­SHIRE.

The class of 1932 from Eas­ton Road School in Bris­tol. Were you among them? See let­ter be­low.

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