Marine Spa/John Moran RIP - memories? May 20, 2011 0:30:25 GMT
Post by Mr_W on May 20, 2011 0:30:25 GMT
..........I was just googling through t'interweb looking for some info on the sadly missed Marine Spa (demolished 1971) from down the Harbourside in Torquay and found these two very interesting sites.......
The main reason I was looking into it was that it is just coming around to the 40th anniversary of the passing of young John Moran who was the lad who very sadly died as a result of a tragic accident, involving getting stuck in one of the pipes in the swimming pool there back in the summer of 1971 (I don't recall the exact date, I remember it was very near the end of the summer term though I think, the HE certainly featured it heavily at the time).
I attended the same school as John did, Abbey Road RC Assumption Primary School in Torquay. I was in the class below him, he was due to leave for Cuthbert Mayne that summer and I just wanted to mention his name so he wouldn't be forgotten.
He was a St Vincents Orphanage lad, we had quite a few of the St Vincents girls and boys at our school - he was a good mate of mine, even though he was in the year above and I still miss him badly, all these years later.
John was a fantakkers footy player, a great goalie, a big Chelsea fan and was also a great athlete, being in all the teams we had for the Sports Days up at Cricketfield Road, stuff like Bounce and Catch, Hoop Relay, Timeball etc - when they held his Requiem Mass in the church there in Abbey Road, it was absolutely packed, we lads at Abbey Road usually did the job of altar boys/servers at the Requiem Masses there, but on this occasion it was done I think by St Vincents lads from Priory RC School - there was not a dry eye in the church that day, I don't think I have ever seen so many little girls and boys crying.
RIP John Moran, taken at a tragically young age, at rest in Hele Cemetery - "Forever Young, Forever Fair" and always remembered.
......if anybody else has any memories of the Marine Spa, possibly remembers when this happened or maybe even used to attend Abbey Road RC School and can recall John as well, I would love to hear..........
......possibly my learned friends Barton Downs and Jon may have some reminisces etc on this?..........
Chris Donovan (Abbey Road RC Primary, Torquay from Easter 1967 - Summer 1972, teachers were Miss O'Connor, Mr Ward, Miss Reeves and Miss Vereker (Head then Mr Brophy replaced her, he was Head when all this occured)