Slowly recovering after yesterday’s 50th anniversary reunion bash at Leeds Trinity / TASC.

It should have happened in July but got postponed – none the worse for having been done so, and that may have accounted for the turnout.

Looking at the list of uncollected name badges I saw two from a couple of guys who were in my hall (Ripon) in 1986 and who were at the 85-88 reunion the year before. I also saw the name of one of my former primary school teachers – a man widely considered a psychopath by those who were tutored by him. And we were only 8 years old…

Photo: Me and Mr Hughes.
Mr Hughes (Class of 67) and me (Class of 86).

But, it made me wonder if any of the other teachers I knew would be there. TASC teachers taught me from ages 4 to 19, at least half my teachers were TASC graduates. Sure enough, Eric Hughes was on the guest list. Of course, I had no idea what he looked like now, which meant a lot of wandering around tables and reading name badges.

It was while talking to a couple who had met and got married at TASC back in the day (and whose daughter I vaguely remember having started in the early 1990s) that I saw a likely suspect – and it was indeed him.

Mr Hughes taught maths. I originally applied to TASC to do secondary maths. I didn’t become a teacher (I didn’t even pass my degree) but it’s people like him that made me what I am today, directly and indirectly…

A man who looks crap in photos.