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IN a further tribute to Kenneth John Blake (VR, June 22, 2013, vol 172, p 665), Bob Young and Dai George write: Ken Blake was born in Bristol but his family moved to East Harptree, Somerset, where Ken's mother was headmistress of the local primary school. Ken was educated at his mother's school and Bristol Grammar School from where he gained an exhibition to the local university. He took his place at the Bristol vet school in September 1955.
Ken settled quickly into university life. He had been a keen hockey player at school and he joined the university's hockey club without delay. After the usual trials, he was selected for the first XI – unusual for a fresher – and he kept his place on the team for the whole of the four years of his course. He also achieved the distinction of representing the University Athletics Union hockey team.
Ken played a full part in the activities of the vet school and he was often involved in the practical jokes which are part and parcel of university life. On one occasion at Langford, one of us (DG) had …
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