Searching for lost cyclists – Spain 1963

During the school holiday of summer 1963 six intrepid lads from Framlingham cycled to San Felu de Guixols on the Spanish Costa Brava. John Birt (S59-63), George “Rory” Brown (S60-64), Richard Vaughan-Griffith (K60-64), Anthony Cowan (R55-64) and Mervyn Hills (R54-64) are known to have taken part. We are trying to remember who was the sixth member of our team, as JB, VG and RB are trying to put together a story of the epic trip.

Possible suggestions for No. 6 are Andy Hamer (S58-63) or Nick Rutter (S55-64). Nick is listed as Gone Away on the register; so the SOF Registrar would be pleased to receive his current contact information. Last reported as Professor of Paediatrics at Nottingham University.

We have also lost contact with Mervyn Hills – last reported as an Accountant in South Africa; so if anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact the SOF Registrar so we may update his contact information on the register.

If you are out there number 6 please contact Rory Brown at

[Stop-Press – 1 Aug 2004 – We have now heard from Andy Hamer and Nick Rutter and neither are the 6th cyclist. Nick also reports that he cycled from London to San Feliu de Guixols on the Spanish Costa Brava in summer 1961 after “O-Levels”, together with Rob Le Rougetel (K55-63 – currently head of the economics department at Merchant Taylor’s School) and John Talbot (R57-64 – ex-head boy and Weymouth GP who tragically drowned a few years ago). Nick says he is still in touch with Rob and they remember their trip in great detail.]


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