Can anyone remember being at York Street Secondary School and St. Edmunds? I was born in 1954 and went to St Edmunds when Mr Baker was headmaster. I failed the 11 plus and was comitted to York Street, known to us as bucket bangers for some reason (?) The English teacher was Mrs Ashley, woodwork was Mr Harding. He liked to use the slipper. Another teacher was ‘Daddy’ Burton who had a selection of canes, some weighted with lead taped to the tip. Fellow pupils, I can’t remember many….Paul ‘Polly’ Eadson who was cock of the school, Trot Thompson, Andre Rawlins (?) Victor Jennings, Pamela Allsop, Chris Widdowson and Neil Riley who I had a scrap with outside Sherwood pit baths.
My best pal was Ian Wood who lived in Stainforth Street a few doors above the shop on the same side. I lived at number 47. My Mum and stepfather then moved to Sherwood Rise as he ( Len Fisher) was a winder at Sherwood Colliery.
I remember Terence Budgie, he failed his 11 + but was so bright that he was sent to the Manor School. Terrence was a nice bloke, he lived in a lovely old stone house just up from the Turner Memorial Hall. I remember Polly Eadson had a home made battery powered tattooing machine with which he would decorate anyone willing in the playground.