It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Peter Norris, a former teacher at Holloway School, at his home in Ewell on the 9th of December 2018, aged 78.
Peter was a highly respected and well-liked PE teacher at the school in the 1960's and was a strong supporter of the Old Camdenians, regularly playing cricket for the club's 1st XI. He was a good batsman with aspirations as a spin bowler. He coached the school football teams, and later became coach for the London Grammar Schools football team, in which Bobby Cairns and Bobby Hartley played. Peter liked the blues and he regularly attended Klooks Kleek, the jazz and rhythm n'blues club, in West Hampstead where sixth formers would often see him.
He moved to Glyn County Grammar School as PE teacher and became in charge of football there. He also regularly played football and cricket for Old Glynians. He was a good friend of Dario Gradi, a former teacher at Glyn School and later a successful football manager. Peter shared digs with him above Dario's sports shop in Ewell High Street for many years. He became the coach of Epsom & Ewell FC (1969-71) and his love of sport remained with him all his life. He was a committed teacher and a great football coach who had a deep knowledge of the game. He had a reputation of having a strong personality who was as hard as nails and who demanded the best from his pupils and his players. He will be remembered as a kind, committed man, who was good company and who cared about and wanted the best for others. He will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him, both north and south of the Thames.