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Ex-BBC TV reporter aks young schoolchildren to be quiet in school playground

by | 1st, April 2012

GRAHAM Purches politely requests that four to seven-year-olds at Elmlea Infants’ School in Westbury-on-Trym near Bristol are not allowed to “scream or shout near our home”. The message is ended with the words “thank you”.
As he says:

“It is a very polite notice. The last thing we want to do is to stop children enjoying themselves. We just don’t want a lot of excessive screaming and shouting.”

Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and who can deny you what you want? Purches may well have refined his manners from his time as a TV reporter with the BBC. Purches would sit on the red sofa with Sue Carpenter and present Points West. In 1977, Purches once presented an item on Acker Bilk – the man who “brought Stranger on the Shore to millions of music lovers around the world”. Bilk was playing a live show recorded for TV outside The Duke in Bristol.

Had only residents nearby possessed Purches’ foresight and manners back then. As it was they had to do with earmuffs, closed windows and turning up Radio 4 to “really rather loud”…



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