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Percy Aggett

After leaving SGC I did a degree in sociology at North East London Polytechnic, worked in Hackney as an education welfare officer, then trained as a social worker, working in Tower Hamlets, in the East End. I took a Masters in social work at York University in 1979, then worked for 18 years in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Barts.

During that time I trained as a family psychotherapist and since 1998, have been Head of Family Therapy for Newham Child Mental Health Services, working for the East London NHS Foundation Trust. I am interested in how large organisations can help create innovative and effective work cultures.

I have three kids and have been with Dot since the mid 70's. Beth has grade 8 in piano, singing and theory and is now at Durham University doing a Music BA (Hons). Piers is in the music business and works in a new academy school. Sophie, my eldest works in a gastropub and does graphic design.

We live near Finsbury Park in a large house full of hangers-on, pickpockets, journeymen, ne'er-do-wells, loungers, poets, musicians, con-artists, short-order cooks, wasters, Goths and vandals ... yes, lots of young people who won't leave!

Yum-Yum in The Mikado, December 1964

Fr. Bede's short 8mm movie clip of the Mikado

As the Fool in King Lear, December 1967

I play in a couple of bands in my spare time - King Toadfish, doing a mixture of blues, klezmer and jazz, and the Black River Heavies, a great Essex R&B outfit. Great fun, never want to give up rockin' and I owe a great love of rock & roll to the summers of 67, 68 & 69 spent at SGC.

It's terrific to meet up with old mates from those days at reunions.

King Toadfish 2017

The Black River Heavies

Beth singing with the Seven Steps Big Band at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho, August 2019