By contrast, the Apprentice Training Centre (Block 4), was of the same God-awful architecture as a 1960s
forward-thinking shopping centre (which themselves are all being merrily demolished). Even the font suggested
the groovy swinging decade, and the fact that one of the letters was about to drop off was a lovely
"I was an apprentice at Aquila '68-'72 and Andy who ran the discos must have
been the guy who I shared a room with in the apprentice hostel for some of
that time. One apprentice known as "Mole" was sadly paralysed in a
motorcyle accident outside Chislehurst station, and the apprentices
organised a number of events to raise money for him. There were several
tremendous gigs in the canteen organised by a guy called Harry. He mustered
a number of bands and an L.P. was made of one of the gigs. I think it was
called "A Fleeting Chance".
There used to be a good sized ships radar on the roof of the apprentice
school that could see some 10's of miles. It was supposed to be for
apprentice training, but I don't recall it being used for that.
It's really interesting to see the buildings again on your website." - Mike