Did you go to school with Dave?

David, left, with some of his younger siblings when he was 16.
David, left, with some of his younger siblings when he was 16.
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A former Blackpool lad who moved to Australia is looking to track down his old school mates ahead of a holiday to the resort nearly 50 years after he left.

David Roskell, who lives in Sydney, migrated in 1972 following a stint in the Army and last visited the resort in 1995.

David is looking for his former schoolmates.

David is looking for his former schoolmates.

The 71-year-old is hoping to reunite with three friends he went to Palatine Secondary Technical School with, now South Shore Academy.

David who declares himself “a proud sandgrown’un”, wants to meet Glyn Stone, Trevor Andrews and Lawrie (Loz) Ryan.

He went to classes from 1959 to 1961 before it became a secondary modern and he was transferred to Blackpool Grammar. David said he wants to catch up with them as they made his childhood “memorable”.

He said: “I hated it when I was moved to Palatine because I didn’t fit in properly really. Everyone there liked rugby and I loved football.

Kids from Addison Crescent circa 1955: Michael Blofeld, Norma Heald, Kay Heald, Robin Clark. Next row; Paul Longworth, Bobby Roskell, David Roskell. Next row; Jeannie Cameron, Maureen Blofeld, Elaine Roskell, Stephen Roskell, Barbara Riley. Front; Gordon Blofeld.

Kids from Addison Crescent circa 1955: Michael Blofeld, Norma Heald, Kay Heald, Robin Clark. Next row; Paul Longworth, Bobby Roskell, David Roskell. Next row; Jeannie Cameron, Maureen Blofeld, Elaine Roskell, Stephen Roskell, Barbara Riley. Front; Gordon Blofeld.

“But I really clicked with the guys at Palatine and wish I could see them again. I’ve tried to track them down on things such as Facebook but I haven’t had any luck.”

Born in Layton the oldest of eight siblings, David is making a two-month visit to the Fylde coast at the end of this month, and will be joined by his daughter Naomi, son-in-law Mark and his grandson Zac.

His 63-year-old brother Graham and sister-in-law Cathy will also be making the trip from Oz.

The rest of his family left Blackpool in 1968 to go Down Under and David followed suit four years later after leaving the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The extended holiday is to mark 50 years since the Roskell family emigrated.

If you know David’s mates get in touch via james.graves@jpress.co.uk