pictures from Lynn Parry Thomas (ABGS 1957-1964)

This week-long School Excursion to Paris took place in April 1963. The boys with three staff stayed at a seedy hotel in the Monge district, (close to Place Monge a station of the Paris Métro). Trips were organised to the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon’s Tomb, the Palace at Versailles, The Musée du Louvre, Montmartre, L’avenue des Champs-Élysées, and Pigalle. Those who were 6th formers were allowed out late, several of them went to a jazz club near the Rue St Jacques, and saw some celebrated jazz musicians including Chet Baker (trumpet), Memphis Slim (blues pianist) and Maxim Saury (clarinet). The club was in an underground vaulted cellar. As this was the student quarter of Paris, they visited the area several times. The staff accompanying the boys were Mr D. Daniel Davies (Dai Cube), Mr Garfield Griffiths and Mr John Oliver.


Royston Leach (far left), John Hill (5th from left with tie), David Terry Evans (behind bottle) and D.R. Davies (holding bottle) at centre table
table far right: Brian L. Jones, Anthony Lewis, D. Alun Evans.


John Tomkins, Morton Russell and Gabe Treharne
at the swimming baths which were close to their hotel in the Monge district


John Tomkins at Versailles


We can’t imagine what the boys were doing at the Pigalle - perhaps they were lost?
D. Terry Evans on the left in sunglasses, D.R. Davies (centre) with back to camera


Lynn Parry Thomas with a World War 2 Panther tank, captured by the French 2nd Armoured Division at Dompaire (Vosges) on 13 September 1944.
Pictured in the grounds of Les Invalides - after visiting Napoleon’s Tomb.