Soham Grammarians - Ken Vail

Ken died in January 2013 aged 74.

A Stretham boy, he came to SGS in 1950. He was a cricketer and footballer and winner of the Junior and Senior Art Prizes.

Artwork from the Summer 1955 Soham Grammarian, used in the 1974 Dinner menu card
Artwork from a Christmas parties article in the New Year 1955 Soham Grammarian

above: from the 1954
School Photo

self portrait, by permission of
Mrs Marian Vail

Peter Fluck in his obituary for Ken in the Guardian says "I met Ken at Cambridge School of Art in the mid-1950s, where we studied under Paul Hogarth, among others, and with my future Spitting Image partner Roger Law and John Holder, now a well-known illustrator. John says that "while we were messing about with guitars, Ken was a cool jazz drummer"."
Ken's obituary in the Guardian by Peter Fluck

Ken Vail Design
Ken's books on jazz on Amazon

If you can add memories of Ken or provide more photos of him, please contact the editor.
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