Reading and Wimbledon footballer Lawrie Sanchez unveiled a mosaic celebrating the golden jubilee of his former school Christ the King Catholic primary on Wednesday this week.
“This is to celebrate 50 years of Christ the King school,” said headmaster John Cosgrove at the unveiling. “I hope and pray we have another 50 years in which the Christ the King school can serve the parish and community of south Reading.”
The primary school, which is just off Northumberland Avenue in Whitley, was opened in 1967 and Lawrie Sanchez attended from 1969 until 1971.
“I remember the playing ground more than anything else because, I suppose, that is where I started playing football,” said Lawrie Sanchez. “Although I’ve lived in Reading for many years, this is the first time I’ve been back in the school grounds since I left here. It’s a strange experience.”
“The other thing I remember were those little bottles of milk, which they used to put next to the radiator and serve them at the end of the day. They tasted horrible!”
The mosaic was designed by two pupils from the school, Danica Monreal and Migle Ceplinskaite, and includes greetings in English, Tagalog, Polish, Spanish, Swahili and Akan Twi-Fanti.