As part of the school’s commemoration of VE day this Friday, MCS is sharing first-hand accounts from pupils who were there on that unforgettable day 75 years ago.
One of those pupils was Brian Cairns (OW 1948) who was 16 when the news broke, and whose memories of that day we were fortunate enough to capture on film in 2016:
"I was there, the day the war ended...you'd have thought we'd been rehearsing it for weeks, we took the tables and flung them up in the air...the enthusiasm of victory was such that up went the blue ink and the red ink and all of the books"Brian Cairns (OW 1948), remembering VE Day at MCS
We were deeply saddened to hear of Brian’s passing last month from Coronavirus, aged 91. Brian leaves behind his wife of 51 ½ years, Margaret, two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
Brian and Margaret kept in close communication with MCS. In her letter to MCS sharing news of Brian’s death, Margaret revealed that “Brian always credited his success in life with the brilliant start that he received at Magdalen College School” and how much they had enjoyed visiting MCS in recent years to attend Madrigals on the Cherwell.
"Brian always credited his success in life with the brilliant start that he received at Magdalen College School."Margaret, Brian's wife