In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.
This week marks the start of term for many school children and young people across the country.
Peter Richards attended Dorton House School in the 1940s and early 1950s. Born blind in one eye, he wrote about his life in his book Thirty Three Year in the Trenches: Memoirs of a Sussex Working Man.
Speaking of his early education in the 2001 edition of RLSB’s Life Chances magazine, Peter remembered his first day of travelling to Dorton when he was just six-years-old.
He said; “I went with my mother to Paddington Station where all the rest of the kids were saying goodbye to their parents. I didn’t cry, I know I didn’t.
“My strongest memory is the steam engine. To me it was a living, breathing beast that seemed full of energy impatient to best released. And the smell – if I smell hot oil and coal smoke now, that takes me back to Paddington Station in 1944.”