While listening to AWAAZ FM the other day I had a rather pleasant surprise.

I was about to turn the radio off after the music stopped when I heard the name Noel Thorpe-Tracey. 

Surely this was my old English teacher from Alderman Quilley Secondary School back in the late seventies. 

If this was indeed the case then I would like to reassure him that his efforts have not completely been in vain. 

I am still a complete drifter but am fortunate enough to have had several poems published in the national press thanks in no small part to the inspiration of both Mr Thorpe-Tracey and Mr Bisson. 

Also, it was a very interesting programme. Incidentally, I still wince when I hear the words 'firstly' and 'quicker'.

Glyn Bell, 

Cobbett Way,


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