Derek I Smith

(at KEGS 1949-1956) writing in 2019

I was a boarder, school prefect, Yorkist House Captain, and CQMS in the CCF. I gained hockey, football and cricket colours, and I was school cricket captain in 1956, and school athletics captain in 1956.

During my army service I was a Guided Weapons Surveyor at the School of Artillery from 1957 to 1960. I joined Lloyds Bank in 1960. I served at Huntingdon, Littleport, Wisbech, March (as Sub-Manager), Mildenhall (as Sub-Manager) and in 1974 I was Manager in Littleport. In 1983 I became Manager in Watton, Norfolk, and retired early in 1993. I still live in Watton. I’m a member of the Rotary Club and sing with The West End Waiters, producing a unique blend of humorous songs and monologues. In two weeks’ time we perform our 250th concert. We’re quite popular with WI’s, senior citizens’ clubs and the like.

I was a member of the Old Burians’ Committee in the early 70’s when I was at Mildenhall and enjoyed meeting up again with Peter Smelzer but very few of my contemporaries were interested. Health-wise, I have not been too good in the last few years but the cancer has been removed and I’m looking forward to the summer when I hope I’ll be fit enough to do a bit more pottering in the garden. I audit lots of local clubs’ accounts but I’ll have to pass at following James as Treasurer. Now I’m past 80 the fun with figures seems to have gone.