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Ian Remembers


I read with interest the blog about Michael Mathews and it reminded me of the times that we went hitch-hiking and Youth Hostelling with other lads from CVTHS during school holidays. I attach a photograph that I found of four of us sitting on a bridge near I believe a Youth Hostel by Dartington Hall near Totnes. From left to right are Roger Harden, Michael, myself and Rick Gillings. I recall that the photo may have been taken by Howard Leslie who was later tragically killed at Beachy Head.

Between our group we often split up and travelled across the UK by hitch-hiking and youth hostelling, a means of travelling that has unfortunately been denied later generations due to security risks.



About Colin Cadle

I trained as a pilot at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell flying jets and qualified as a captain on Wessex search and rescue helicopters in the Gulf. However, my professional future was destined to be firmly back on the ground... In 1976 a chance introduction to Julie Andrews' husband film producer Blake Edwards really kicked off my interest in photography after he invited me onto the set of the Peter Sellers' now classic film 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again' at Shepperton Studios. Stills photographer David Farrell further fired my enthusiasm when, during a break in filming, I was offered a short photo shoot with leading fashion model and 'Bond girl' actress Maud Adams. From that moment on art and photography have always played a major part in my life. I now live in the beautiful southwest corner of England with​ my designer and photo-stylist wife Jan. Following a serious illness in 2016 we were forced to leave commercial photography behind us but this now allows me to concentrate solely on creating art from my studio in Devon

4 responses »

  1. Norman Baldwin says:

    Any idea of the date? 1963?


  2. Clive Hollis says:

    Hi Ian

    Do you remember all those weekends spent at my house fixing up a BSA Bantam 125. We also had some great times at your house in Bexleyheath. I hope you are keeping well. Clive (Hollis)


  3. Michael Mathews says:

    Wow! well done Ian for having this photo – a point in time always to be remembered, but 54 years ago – frightening. Good to here from you.


  4. Rick Gillings says:

    Thanks for the photo Ian, as Michael says, great memories. I remember we went down there for a long weekend with a day to get down and a day travelling back. We could certainly cover good distances hitchhiking and all before the arrival of the M25 Motorway!


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