Newtown School, Stockton-on-Tees. 1956

A class in Newtown School, Stockton-on-Tees. 1956. Photograph and information courtesy of Mr Brian Swales. Back row from left to right:- Joe Simpson, Vincent Costello, Kenneth Lake, David Hebron, Keith McQuade, Douglas Baker, Mervyn James, Albert Simpson, Earnest Allen, David Barret, Unknown, Brian Crawford, Michael Morgan, Tommy Mooney, Brian Swales, George Lambert, Mr Harker. Middle row:-Miss Patterson, Raymond Walker, Judith Turner, Ann Hall, Maureen Burns, Cora Hall, Audrey Ferguson, Sybil Titterington, Margaret Grainger, Nancy Clark, Betty Doidge, Glenda Ellis, Beryl Bailey, Doreen Kerr, Beryl Kett, Linda Hart, Kenneth Harris, Brian Savage. Front row:- Edith Oram, Pauline Ward, Carol Simmons, Norma Fenton, Catherine Hall, Kathleen Plummer, Headmaster Mr Wynn, Carol McGregor, Mavis Clark, Brenda Ridley, Ann Matson/Lofthouse, Valerie Robson, Audrey Oliver.Two sitting on the floor – Tommy Ballantyne, George Steel.Can anyone put a name the only unknown face, the boy on the back row?

74 thoughts on “Newtown School, Stockton-on-Tees. 1956

  1. I have just found this photo and the flood of posts it has generated but let me give readers a Johnny-come-lately response to James Taylor’s acerbic but understandable comments.

    At Newtown Junior school I struggled under the headship of Mr Winn, an elderly man who wore a baggy unpressed suit and had ill-fitting dentures. He told me repeatedly, sometimes in front of my mother, that my head was full of nonsense and I would never achieve anything. Not surprisingly, with such low self esteem, I failed the 11-plus and did not go to Grangefield Grammar School. In my thirties I studied at university and gained an Honours Degree in History and Literature having already qualified as a mechanical engineer at Technical College. Mr Winn never lived to see this.

    At Newham Grange Secondary School, a school of which I am immensely proud, I developed under under a very different Headmaster, Mr John Malcolm Beaver. I seem to remember being told that Mr Beaver went to a good public school and later read Classics at Cambridge. He brought strength to the school through quality and style. He strove to inspire pupils by his attitude, philosophies and leadership. Comments he made to me when I was about 12 became seminal in my own attitude to learning. I can recall him saying “read good literature” and “aspire to be an honourable gentleman.”

    This aspiration took a severe knock when I went to work in an engineering factory and mixed with some of the most crude, unrefined individuals I have ever met. How could a teenage boy live-up to a vision set by his former headmaster whilst working daily amongst grown men displaying extreme vulgarity.

    I left school reluctantly at 15 and saw Mr Beaver only one more time after that. I have learned recently that Mr Beaver died several years ago from Altzeimer’s Disease but I will always remember my last day at Newham Grange Secondary School when he shook my hand and said, “Good Luck Buchanan.”

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  2. I don’t know what other old pupils have to say about certain headmasters at Newham grange school but I remember Mr Beaver being the head when I first went into that school and took instant dislike to him & I know that it was mutually returned until he retired. Then he was taken over by another head named Mr hunt I think that Mr Beaver must have passed my name on to this Mr hunt, because he made it quite plain to me that I had best watch my step. I must say that to this day although they both must be dead as my age is 70 I still hate these two with a Vengeance.

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    • Beaver was alright, he commanded respect by being hard & fair, his son John went to Newtown & left in 1954 to go to Grangefield, they lived in Grays Road.

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    • Hello I went to Primrose Hill school on Durham Road opposite the children’s hospital our Headmaster was Mr Leavesley and if I can remember our teachers were Mr Williams, Mrs Aspinall, Mr Magloshan and Mr Parker and my friends I can’t find all of them Colin Wilson, Keith Pearce, John Harrison, Colin Harcourt and Christine Kelsey from 1960 to 67, it would be nice to see them again, are you out there? I lived on Tithe Barn Road, Hardwick seems like only yesterday.

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  3. My mum attended this school infants and juniors. She was born 1951 so from 1955-1962 I think. Her name was Thelma Henderson with a sister called Barbara she then went on to Newham Grange secondary if anyone can remember her

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  4. I lived on Londonderry Road just opposite New Town school and was run over by a bike and had a broken collar bone and stitches in my ear ( I still have the scars ) I was going back to school after lunch and was late and probably just ran over the crossing just outside the school gates without looking, can remember the rope swing across the beck and the fish shop. Was at New Town from 1951-1957 then went to Newham Grange, I can remember Mr Barker and Mrs Hutchinson , haven’t seen any pics of my classes anywhere on the web though. Hope all keeping well in your old age.

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    • I was at Newtown from 1952 – 1958. I remember Miss Todd, my first teacher, Miss Cullinan, Mr Wadsworth, Mr Allen, Mr Carr, Mr Wynn, the headmaster, a kindly man! Assembly in the hall, walking up to Newham Grange school for school dinners. Country dancing in the hall. The slides we made in the playground when it was icy in the winter. The beck which we loved when it was deep and flowing fast, the little sweet shop near the school where we often spent our bus fare of 1p and had to walk home to Fairfield. I can remember some of the children in my class. Paul Steer, Peter Bell, Frank Connelly, Malcolm Flintoff, Maureen Brown, Gwen Chilton, Pamela Fowell, Dorothy Brown, Patricia Braithwaite, Sandra McBurnie……..
      When we wanted to go to the loo, we had to put our hand up and say, ‘Please Miss can we go across the yard!!’
      I once was caned for talking during a wet playtime when we had to stay in by a Mr Carr with Ginger! It really hurt!!

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      • I was in this class. Been to a few Grangefield reunions & kept in touch with some of there people. Sadly, Paul Steer, Pete Bell ,Paul McGee are no longer with us. Richard Smith is the only other lad I see at these reunions. Great school.

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        • Yes Christopher Copeland. I remember that name. How sad that Paul Steer, Peter Bell and Paul McGee have died. It was indeed a good school.

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  5. I was born in April 1961 and went to Newtown. I remember the names mentioned above. I won about 1500 marbles in the play ground and kept them for many years. Think they are in the attic of 84 Grange Ave now. Friends include names such as Cookie, Gitsey, Tony, Giggie. Remember the giant spider hunts on the way back from school in the long hedge up Bishopton Lane. They never seemed to recover. Remember the super storm, although I think the sky turned green rather than black. Good school really, no complaints.

    Ray Gill

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  6. Hi, I’m John McWilliams, I am the unknown boy in the back row. Obviously I was so good and no bother to any-one that no one remembered me!! I have lived in Australia with my wife and two children (now adults) since 1973. After the scholarship I went to Frederick Nattrass School with Albert Simpson. Brian Crawford and myself were members of the Methodist Youth Club in Hardwick.

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  7. I was just looking at all the replies to Newtown School, a lot of the names I did not know, but a few I did. One name I remember were the brothers Richard and Brian Little, sorry I can’t remember the third brothers name… anyway I hope everyone is well.

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  8. Fiona Hunt (nee Hislop) I was at Newtown from 1957 or early 1958, I left when I was 8 years old to live in Fairfield. My brother Ian Hislop was 5 years older than me, he also went to this school and later to Newham Grange. I remember Miss Todd. I remember the sandpit and water where we were allowed to play with the toys, it was near the outside door, where I used to escape when no one was looking and go home! I remember the little bottles of frozen milk in the winter. The ginger haired Maths teacher who scared everyone, I used to feel sick to go to school if I knew I was getting her. I also remember Mr Carr, yes, he was very fond of Ginger (the cane). I remember the beck, (but very shocked to hear boys drowned in there) and also the sweet shop, what a great place to have a sweet shop next to a school! Whatever happened to Sidney Kidney? That’s what we called him don’t know what his surname was really. He never seemed upset about us calling him that, it wasn’t meant badly. He used to play games with our little group a lot.

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    • Hi – that is fantastic I never dreamed I would hear anyone mention Mr. Carr! I was in his class though my memories are few. The headmaster and going to the ballet and him sitting me on his knee because I couldn’t see in my seat! I too recall the frozen milk and have a school photo.

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  9. I was at Newton 1957, went on to Newham Grange. I remember Miss Rutherford, she encouraged me to read, I was good at it. Aww Miss Hutchinson, told us her name was Esmeralda something, a lovely teacher. My sister also went in Miss Rutherfords class, never liked her.

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  10. It seems most of the responses are from the same time period that I was there. I left in 1968 to go to South Africa, but now live in Portugal and work in Brazil. I remember Mr. Wadsworth and Mr. Glasswell extremely well. They were the sort of dedicated teaching professionals that still exst, but are less common these days. I particularly remember the beck and the harvest of marbles available at the other side of the fence from the playground. Also remember well the lost art of conkers and the adventures in obtaining them. I wondered what happened to my good friends of that time, Martin Barnett and John Harrison.

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  11. I was at Newtown from about 1950 to 1956 and have very happy memories of both the school and the teachers. I started off in Mrs Todd’s class, followed by Mrs Kinnis ? I think. Then the nicest teacher of all, Miss Stoddart, she was lovely. My last teacher in the infants was Mrs Cullinan who I was terrified of. In the juniors I had Miss Denton, Mr Wadsworth, Miss Dinning and Mr Carr. We also had Miss Hutchinson for some lessons, music I think and also Mrs Storrow occasionally. Mr Wadsworth was very popular and Miss Dinning was very strict but fair as I remember and they were all good teachers. Oh yes, and I remember Mr Carr was a bit handy with the cane, which he called ginger. I was very interested in Kevin’s comments about the football and Bev Keating in particular, because he was in my class and I regularly used to go and watch the matches with Nora Reevell. Haven’t seen nor heard anything of Bev since we left Newtown and would love to know how he is. I am still in contact with Sue Handley, Jackie Atkinson, Barbara Firth, Pam James and Ian Buffham.

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    • I went to Newtown from 1953 to 1956. I remember Beverley Keating, he went to Stockton Grammar School because they played soccer. Ian Buffham I knew well as he also lived in Gray’s Road where I lived.

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      • Brian, if you look carefully at one of the more recent photos of “Newtown” you will see a pic of yourself, and the football team of your year 1955- 1956

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  12. You were one of the lucky ones Derek, others were not so fortunate & drowned when the beck was in flood, some playing on the rafts. Thats a blast from the past, Errol Bulmer from Alma Street.

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  13. I have good reason to remember the beck as I fell in when it was flooded, Erol Bulmer pulled me out & walked me back to Inkerman Street, for his pains got half a crown off my grandad. We were about 6 or 7 at the time.

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  14. I go past Newtown whenever I go back to stockton, it now seems so small. I to went Newtown (1955-61)- all the teachers and people have mentioned I remember and I can add other names to the list,
    Mrs Granville and Miss Waller. The beck used to be a magnet to us from the Newtown area, fishing under the bridge, and ‘the swing’ – a long piece of rope that was tied to a branch. My mam was not happy with me one time when I fell in the beck coming off the swing.

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    • Goodness, I am having such a blast to the past. I have just written about the swing rope in a novel about to be published and I thought I was imagining it. We moved so many times after we left stockton my memories are hazy. We always played in the beck and on the rope. We must have been out and about so young! I don’t remember the name of the teachers but I was so shy and scared of school.

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    • I played on that swing numerous times, sometimes late for school too because we played in the beck! Glad I didn’t fall in as we couldn’t swim. So sad to hear boys drowned. Is that true there was more than one?

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  15. I was at Newtown School from 1951-1957 and remember a lot of the names – it was a great school. Has anyone any photo’s from classes in these years as I have lost mine.

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      • Hi Judy, yes I can remember your name, I have found some pictures from school on FB, hope you are keeping well, I have done well in life and now live on our farm in the Dales, take care x

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      • Hi Judy, I didn’t know you went to Newtown. I was at Newham Grange for a year before I went to Billingham Tech, xx Doug Jones.

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  16. This photo reminds me mainly of the much loved Head Teacher Norman Wynn. The football teams produced by his school were always very good as others have commented. But what became of the N Wynn Trophy/Cup donated by him which all the local primary schools competed for every year? I hope it survives somewhere but I have my doubts.

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  17. I’m Ray Glasswell’s daughter. I remember some of the teachers but not the pupils as I didn’t go to this school. I know my father had very happy times at Newtown and I’m sure he would hope that all his pupils are happy and have been doing well since they left school.

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  18. Hi Tony Williamson, you’re right it seemed as though Newtown were always invincible in Football. I played for a very good St. Cuthberts team that won the ‘Catholic Cup’. I believe only Catholic Schools from all of the Teesside could enter, it was officially called the Geraghty Cup. Maybe someone on the site can give us some history on the Geraghty Cup. I remember really looking forward to playing and beating the ‘Great’ Newtown team. The only ones I can remember from their team were Donnie Heath, Curly Webster and Bev Keating in goal ( Bev later became my Brother-in-Law ). I was really pleased because to my delight we scored the first goal and I scored it !! However the game proceeded ,it didn’t end there. We got beat 6-1.

    There is a picture of St. Cuthberts team displaying the Catholic Cup on this website ( if you search for St. Cuthberts team under the people section you will find it).

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  19. My first school, Newtown, before moving to Oxbrige Lane in 1955. Newtown were always the team to beat in Junior Football I seem to recall them winning the league year after year.

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  20. In the midd 60s I was courting a girl who went to Newtown school, she lived in Northbourne Rd, Eastbourne. A beautiful red head she was, Rita Taylor. We’ve now been married for almost 40 years. If anyone remembers Rita please ask picturestockton for my email address.

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    • I remember her well known her longer than you although l have not seen her for quite a few years as a matter of fact I known all her siblings as I am one of them my name is James

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  21. I also lived in Commondale Ave – no5 with two sisters and one brother. We lived next to the Dawsons and Harry Soppit with the Smiths across the road and the Crooks – Colin and Susan next but two along. We also used to go up the black path to school and come home on dinner time when I was always late! Good memories of long gone days.

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  22. I believe I used to live next door to Susan Boston’s Grandmother in Caudwell Close Hardwick. My name was Whitehouse then. Do you have a sister Karen?

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  23. Brian Savage in the photo was a well known singer in the clubs in the sixties & Tommy Mooney is the father of the ex-footballer Tommy who played Watford & Birmingham City.

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  24. I remember Newtown school, I went from 1957 to 1963 then went to Newham Grange. I remember the black path. I always remember that I could not work out how to do mph calculations. I have fond memories of school and liked the teachers but did not like the nicknames because of my red hair.

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  25. Can anyone put a name to the only unknown face on this photograph? The boy is the 6th child from the right on the back row, standing between David Barret & Brian Crawford.

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  26. There were two pieces of music I recall from my days at Newtown School. The first was a song we used to sing at the end of the school day. “Now the day is over. Night is drawing nigh. Shadows of the evening, steal across the sky”. The other was words put to a piece from Tchaikovsky”s Album For The Young entitled Morning Prayer. It was only quite recently that I heard this music and recognised it as the one we sang. If any one wants to listen to it, I could email it to them. Contact me at priaprism at the world”s most popular email site. 🙂

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  27. I went to Newtown in the 1960″s, for only a couple of years (probably about 1964-65) before we emigrated to Canada, and I don”t remember very much about it, but it was my first school. I do remember the school lunches (which I didn”t like very much). I remember the whole school gathering in the main hall, and I remember the outside loos. I took the double-decker bus from Bishopton Road and it cost a penny. I remember the uniform very well, and I lost my beret in the beck one day. I also remember the sweet shop next door to the school. I had a friend named Pauline Hunum (sp?) and another named Simon Beaumont.

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  28. I attended Newtown School during the 1950″s. I lived in Commondale Avenue and walked along the Back Path to school. I think this used to be the original Durham Road. You passed the cemetry and the park with Newham Grange Secondary School opposite. I find reading the comments every interesting.

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  29. I was at Newtown school from 1958 to 1961 where my mother Jean Thompson was an infant teacher and later headmistress, later marrying Ray Glasswell who was the junior school headmaster. I remember walking to school dinners at a secondary school a few miles away every day and the number of road accidents involving pupils crossing what we thought in those days the very busy Durham Road. I remember one friend”s legs were run over and he had a clear tyre print across his leg which he proudly showed to all of us at every opportunity!

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  30. I was at Newtown from 1956 onwards, Primary then Junior. I remember the school uniform, blue with a badge of a Catherine type wheel, anyone aware of a more detailed description ? At one point all three of us Littles ( 3 boys ) were at Newtown together and we had a joint photo taken.We lived next to the Co-op on Bishopton Road near Hebron Hall. We also were in the Boy”s Brigade at Newtown Methodist Chapel, I”ve still got my certificates and badges !

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  31. I went to Newton Infants and Juniors between 1961 and 67. My abiding memories about Newtown Juniors was being force fed macaroni cheese by a dinner nanny and vomiting it back up again, and being so frightened in Miss Rutherford”s sewing class that I was physically sick before each lesson. I am still living with the results of these incidents and trying to work through them. So much for school days being the happiest of your life!!!

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  32. I lived in Commondale Avenue and used to walk down the black path to school. miss todd was my first teacher but i also particularly loved mr wadsworth and also miss wynn who played the piano in morning assemblies i was really scared of mrs cullinan and mrs darcy but look back happily on my schooldays at newtown i also remember miss jump and mr harker miss skinner was the infants headmistress and mr glasswell junior school head master he married another of my favourite teachers mrs thompson her son was in our class for a time

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  33. I went to this school during the 1960s, the teachers I remember were, Mrs Joan Hall (my mum), Mr R.F Glasswell (Head) Mr Harker, Mrs D”Arcy, Mrs Chesser, Miss Price,Miss T Rutherford, Miss Hutchinson, Mrs Close, I remember Mr Glasswell playing Classical Music at assembly – thanks to him,”The Blue Danube” by Strauss is my favourite piece of Classical Music to this day, and I always remember him whenever I hear it. Miss Rutherford had a bright yellow VW Beetle, and there was a stuffed Ermine in a glass case in Miss Price”s classroom. Of the pupils a few I can remember are Charles and his sister Susan Rees, Mark Hutchcraft, David Sisson, Angela Ballentyne, Judith Banks, Ann Curtis, Elaine Tott, Margeret Mc Cabe, Diane Lowes, Kay Johnson, Susan Cook, Steven and his sister Julie Cooper, Can any one remember that almighty thunderstorm, when the sky went black, and it hailstoned badly for ages sometime around 1967/8? we all hid under the table!

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  34. I was at Newtown School from 1963 1969 My first teacher was Miss Bell, and I remember the headmistress was Miss Skinner. In the juniors I had the dubious pleasure of having Mrs D”arcy for two years running. I was terrified of her and particularly remember being forced to try and do a long division sum on the board in front of everyone. Never good with numbers she put me off Maths for life! My other junior teachers were Miss Rutherford , who I remember had really long painted nails which she prodded me on the head with and Mr Harker who was probably the best of the lot! I also remember there were 43 of us in the class!

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  35. Yes, happy days indeed . . . . . well most of them, I never did like school! Miss Todd was my first teacher when I started school in 1950/51. I remember her well, in fact I seem to recall my mother telling me that when she was at Newtown Miss Todd also taught her, which must have been in the 1930″s. If she was still there in the 1960″s she must have spent her whole teaching life at Newtown school. I wonder when she retired, does anyone know? I remember the “black path”, this was part of the Newham Grange school cross country run. The course was along the “black path”, along the side of Newham Grange Park (crossing a little stream) coming out at the Monkey Puzzle tree, turn left and run along Darlington back lane to about where Norwich Avenue is now, turn left across some fields (all built up now) coming out on Bishopton Road West, turn left again and down to Del Strother Avenue and back into school where “Jock” Grant was waiting for us. I think is was about 4 miles but when we were 13/14 it felt like 24 miles!! I can only remember two other Newtown teachers I had, Mr Allen and Mr Harker, the headmaster when I was there was Mr Wynn. Yes Merv, I”m fit and well thankyou, retired in 2002.

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    • I remember Miss Todd too. She was my first teacher. I started Infants School in 1943 and left Newtown in 1949. I remember Mr Wynn with affection. I have lived in Copenhagen for 54 years but visit friends in Stockton regularly and had a walk around Newtown Schools last time I was in Stockton. From the war I remember playing in the playground in out of school time and being chased regularly by the caretaker. The railings had been taken down for the war effort so all the local kids had a great time having the run of the playground.

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      • I wondered where you lived in Newtown and if you remembered my sister Dorothy Jordan we lived in Londonderry Road she went to Newtown school at the same time as you.

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    • You were lucky with the cross country, we used to continue along Darlington back lane to the roundabout at the top of Fairfield, then down Bishopton Road West, the guys who cheated taking a short cut across the fields & came out at the hump back bridge near the Elmtree Club which used to be the Co-op Club.

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  36. I went to Newtown Primary and Junior 1961-1967. I remember Miss Jump from primary, Miss Todd the lovely old headmistress. I vividly remember playing “shop” an excellent way to teach math skills, fun too! In Juniors remember Mrs. Rutherford, a biggish woman – Mrs Darcy, I was scared of her. My favourite, Mr Wadsworth, who had a great sense of humour. My middle name is Nora and the district nurse or as we so kindly called her, the “nitty nurse” was also called Nora I think. Anyway, he used to tease me and call me Nitty Nora, the head explorer. We all liked him. I used to walk along the “black path” to school from Newham Grange Estate or I”d get the number 5 bus from Spark”s Bakery and always hoped to get our favourite bus conductor – Alfie – a litte man with a brown, wrinkly face – at least that”s how I remember him. Happy days.

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    • Yes Linda, just spotted your post, a bit late but here goes… I remember Alfie very well, he used to bring his motorcycle combo to a neighbour of ours in Newtown for servicing, and always gave me a ride up to Fairfield and back afterwards to make sure all was well with his bike.

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  37. Unfortunately, I can”t recollect the missing name in the photograph, though I was in it. 🙂 I also remember Mr Harker whose pernicious ridiculing of me in front of the class, caused me to play truant for several weeks. Hope you”re keeping well, Brian. Merv James mjam1228@bigpond.net.au

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  38. I went to newtown school from infants to juniors in from 1963 until about1969. I remember some of the teachers were Mrs Dodsworth who introduced me to the Hobbit and Stig of the Dump,also there were Mrs Buckle with her beehive hairstyle and Mr Glaswell who played classical music at assembly every morning. We had to walk to Newham Grange school for our dinners (which I loved ,which is strange ).  Myself and a few others from school used to go to the Boys Brigade in Wellington Street and every Saturday morning would go and watch the football team play at Newham Grange (my brother played for Newtown at the time ). Does anyone else have any memories of the school around that time?

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    • I remember Mr Dodgson. He started at Newtown just after the War. I was at the Junior School from 1945 to 1949. It was so nice to have a young friendly teacher. Many of our teachers during the War were retired people who came back to teaching because many of the young teachers had gone off to the War.

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