Kirkup is here pictured in 1936 around the time that Laurence was joining the grammar school and Kirkup leaving South Shields High for Durham University. His shirt collar is also pointed, but there the resemblances cease. Kirkup's appearance is dandified. His coat lapels are peaked - always correct for a double-breasted jacket, but a 'fashion-statement' on a single-breasted one; his tie is patterned like those of the young men of 1974; his pocket square is flamboyantly puffed. In later life he took to wearing a kimono.