Have you any of those school photos?

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Actor William Forbes-Hamilton is 82 years of age, and was brought up in Bridge Street, Brechin, by his grandmother, Mrs Hannah Dewar. He became known as Billy Dewar.

He now lives in London, although he returned to Angus for a spell in 1984 and purchased Turin House.

He became a member of Brechin Operatic Society at that time.

But Mr Forbes-Hamilton has a plea to make to Brechiner readers.

He is looking for school class photos that he was in, at Damacre Road School.

He says: “It would be 1937, Miss Sherrat; 1938, Miss Dawson, 1939 Miss McKinney, or 1940, Miss Gourlay.

He has a very clear memory of one of the pictures being taken, and he continued: “On the day of the photograph I remember I was up early, had my face dichted, my hair combed and my best woollen shirt on.

“Alas, just as I was out the door, I popped a button on the neck of my shirt!

“My granny searched for something to fasten it with, but all she could find was a kilt pin!

“So I stood out photo with this huge pin under my chin.”

He continued: “Others in my class included Maud Beatty, Maureen Edwards, Isobel McCathen(?), Charles Thompson, Norrie Thompson, James Valentine, Robert Stephen and Ian Gray.

“They would all be in the photo.”

So if you have a copy of one of these school photos, please contact us at the Brechiner: by e-mail news@brechinadvertiser.co, or at the office at 13 Swan Street, Brechin, DD9 6EE.

Mr Forbes-Hamilton has had a long and varied career in acting.

He starred in Oliver Twist at the age of 15 and has been a villain in horror films such as ‘Konga’ and ‘Doctor Blood’s Coffin’.

He was also a film stand-in for Sean Connery and was recently an extra in Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner (2014), which starred Timothy Spall.

In 2010 he discovered he also had a talent for painting, and has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London.

Mr Forbes-Hamilton is now taking part in Selfridges ‘Bright Old Things’ project.

He chuckled: “I originally worked at Selfridges in 1958-1960, demonstrating magic tricks in the toy department. It feels amazing to be back!”