The Old Bat, who is just two years younger than me, has always expressed astonishment when I remark that, as a schoolboy in 1950s, I was expected to wear my school blazer and cap when leaving the house, even if I was going out for the day at the weekend and no school was involved. And it was not just me. This photo (just discovered stuck in a drawer) dates from 1954 and shows a group of us schoolboys at the age of 12 - the one on the left is only 10 - on a bird-watching trip. You will note that short trousers were worn as well as blazers and cap! That's me, third from left, at the age of 12.
And I can still remember the day my mother took me to Featherstone's in Rochester High Street to buy a pair of long trousers. I felt extremely self-conscious in them. Back in those days, no English boys under the age of 12 or 13 wore long trousers. And jeans were unheard of - literally!