Bangor Grammarians are grateful to past pupils and others who have drawn our attention to excellent tributes to the late Charlie Quin, which appeared in The Times and Belfast Telegraph on Monday (29 July).
Links to both newspaper articles appear below, while our own tribute will appear in the Grammarian magazine, scheduled for publication at the beginning of September.
There is a curious reference in the London newspaper’s tribute to the effect that it was while at Bangor Grammar School Charlie developed an interest in sport, especially soccer. As far as the school was concerned, rugby was Charlie’s forte – he was a squad member of the successful Medallion and Schools’ Cup winning teams of 1966 and 1969.
As regards soccer, we are grateful to past pupil Barry McClelland (a contributor to the 2019 Grammarian magazine), for this wonderful memory.
“As well as his sporting prowess at the grammar school, Charlie was an outstanding footballer, who played for the 6th Bangor Company of the Boys’ Brigade, linked to the Bangor Parish Church, where his father was the Archdeacon for a number of years, prior to becoming the Bishop of Down and Dromore.
“In his final year with 6th Bangor, Charlie was selected to play for the Belfast Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade against Manchester Battalion, as I remember. This would have been the toughest match that Belfast would have played that year, so they would have put out their strongest side. In the event, Belfast won the match 3-0 and Charlie Quin scored a hat trick. Enough said?!”