Fernley was a pupil at the school and, one day in June 1945, a football bounced over the railings and landed on the pavement outside. Fernley thought that he could reach the ball by reaching through but Fernley was wrong. His head got firmly stuck and, despite the heroic efforts his teachers to free him, the village blacksmith had to be called to cut the railings with a hacksaw. This story has entered the folklore of Upton Cross and Fernley, who is in his 70s and now lives over the border in Devon, is still remembered for it. In 2008 he was invited to present a cheque to the school on behalf of the ex-pupils but this was a subterfuge as he was really asked to come along to unveil the commemorative plaque now affixed to the railings.
|Fernley Pike re-enacts his entry into the history books.|