W H Rhodes Educational Tour to Canada


It was fifty years ago that  48  young men  from London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Glasgow and two school masters set sail to Canada for a month’s tour of Quebec and Ontario, by the generous courtesy of the W H Rhodes Educational Trust.

It was a magnificent experience and I formed  friendships which are still vibrant today. The years have passed and the educational trust no longer exists. Mr Rhodes, a Bradford manufacturer and merchant, set it up and it benefited hundreds of young men.

I remember the catch phrases of those times:

“Twenty years ago today Wally Rhodes taught the band to play”

“Why are you all wearing the same ties”

“Oh, the ethnic groups”

“Come on, train”

This was the stuff which dreams were made on and those dreams are now the stuff our memories are made on.

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