Goole on the Web
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School Memories

This page was for an exhibition at Goole Museum in 2007. To contribute to the next exhibition, please use the Goole Charter link on the left-hand side.

Can you help contribute to a forthcoming exhibition on schools in Goole?

Did you have a favourite school or teacher? Are you still traumatised from the cross-country run to Airmyn or inter-school sports day? Did your schooling stand you in good stead for the rest of your life or was it a waste of time?

Should they bring back hanky inspection and the birch or are youngsters today making the most of their lessons? Can you remember your house colours? Has your old school being knocked down?

The old Goole Grammar School

To help you get started, below are the schools in 1950:

If you live locally and would like to volunteer to help put together the temporary exhibition, then please contact Patricia Petch, (Volunteer Co-ordinator) or pop into the museum. You can also email any old photos or other items of interest to and they will be forwarded on.

Visitor Comments

Posted by jane naumkin at 12/01/2012 23:18
Peter Daniels - looking for anyone who remembered a Peter Daniels in Goole, father Wallace Daniels, Mother Olga Daniels. Probably born soon after 1952. I am a relative trying to find him as my mother never knew him and she was the daughter of his father from his deceased first wife. So his half sister. We would all like to try and find him to see if he wants to be contacted as my mother is very ill and would like to see him before it is too late. They never met.

Any knowledge of his present contact details or past history that may lead us to him would be most welcome.

Many thanks to all who read this message
Posted by Tom Hardman at 16/01/2012 11:32
Helen Hoir
Thanks for the update Helen At last someone who I know please pass on my best wishes to all.
Posted by emmo at 18/01/2012 12:22
are you out there john howard or yarbo
Posted by david teed at 25/01/2012 01:53
havent been here for a while....shocked to hear about geff sayers - last i saw him was 3-4 years ago on a train at clapham junction with a load of CD's he had just bought from tower records (now gone) in piccadilly circus that he was really excited about. He was great in those plays. Also thanks to those who made kind comments about my father peter teed - I do think he ran a good and progressive ship way back then in as was said challenging times. He is now 87 and fell and smashed his hip recently but is now out of hospital and I will pass on these comments
Posted by Richard Greenfield at 25/01/2012 23:43
With reference to Pete Daniels, I'm afraid he died several years ago. We met his parents and they told me he was working for an oil company in Scotland at the time, it was a long term health problem. He had married but I don't know where his wife is living.
Posted by Richard Ardern at 29/01/2012 15:10
May I wish Mr Teed a full and speedy recovery?

Following my years at GGS (1962-67), though I do recall Dr Latimer, it is Mr Teed that I will always remember as the Headmaster. Specific stand-out memories are surprisingly few; I think that the key is the environment that he created - it wasn't noticeable because it worked. He allowed us freedom to disagree and trusted us, even to the extent that he lent a trio of us his car to pick-up blocks of expanded polystyrene from the factory in Howden. But there were limits to his trust, as we discovered when we rearranged the furniture in the Senior Sixth Common Room: "Move that sofa! I'll not risk, one day, finding a couple of you copulating behind it!"

I value too the lessons in the responsibilities of power, when as Head Prefect, I had to report the indiscipline and disruption from one of the younger boys. Mr Teed asked me how the boy should be punished: "I can cane him. But do you think it will do him any good?"

And that infamous production of Hamlet - I can add another anecdote to that of Roy Mapplebeck (Laertes) - late in the rehearsals, he suddenly exploded, violently throwing the book onto the stage floor and demanding to know why we hadn't learned our lines yet. The shock, coming from one so calm, certainly had impact (after all I can still remember after 46 years), but not entirely successful - I was miserable throughout the performances due to my difficulty in remembering my lines..... But a memorable production with Geoffrey Sayers as Hamlet, Gillian Ford as Ophelia, Stephen Hoier as Polonius, John Wraith as The Ghost, John Gibson in a bravura performance as the Gravedigger and Colin Graves as the Prince of Denmark but with a sword, not a cricket bat.

Finally, what a great web-site! I only discovered it yesterday when, following an e-mail dispute with my older brother, John (GGS 1962-63), about the spelling of Mr Chappell's name (we were both wrong), I thought I'd take a look on Google Maps to see if the old school was still there, and a little research threw-up all these comments from old school friends. But tinged with sadness to hear of the passing of chums - David Laverack RIP.

Richard Ardern ("Claude")
Posted by Angie Hill (nee Barsby) at 30/01/2012 12:36
Hi there everyone! I've only just found this site and am enjoying re-living the old memories. I was at Boothferry Road for just one year before moving to GGS in September 1959 where I stayed until 1966. I too remember the Roman Banquet and the sheets! I also remember Nora Charlton's trips to Hadrians Wall which were brilliant but it always seemed to rain when we were there - also remember going to Barnard castle and High Force.
I am trying to get in touch with John Wraith as we were in e-mail contact for some time but I believe that he had problems with 'hacking' and may have changed his e-address. If anyone knows his new address or if you read this, John, please get in contact again.
Posted by Phil Barker at 01/02/2012 14:23
It was sad to read about the deaths of old school buddies and acquaintances but great to read Richard Greenfield is still alive and kicking. Not even a banger in a bottle could stop you mate!
Posted by Rickoh at 19/02/2012 09:19
does anyone remember what year Alexander Street Schhol Closed, and what year it was demolished?
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 23/02/2012 01:50
Just found this site & spent quite a few hours reading all the comments. A wonderful trip down memory lane. Especially reading the comments from Gail & Janet. I was trying to find anything from Rose Watson (now Banham). As the rest of our contempories have now reached or are approaching 60, she is in the wonderful position of only celebrating her 15th birthday next week. Oh! if only!! I went to Pasture Rd infant school & taught by Mrs England, Miss Watson & Mrs Hutchinson (the wife of Hutch at GGS). Then to Alexandra St with Miss Brown (I thought she was quite sweet but that was her last year of teaching), Mrs Caldicott, Mrs Gunson and "Pop" Craven. He was a great character & a brilliant teacher. Remember also Mr Wood but cannot recall him singing. I used to visit the other classes to collect for the Lantern Appeal. Started at GGS in 1963 with Hutch as our form master and maths teacher. A great bloke & very funny. I recall many of the teachers there with fondness & respect but one or two should have chosen a different vocation. My all-time favourite has to be Mr Ferriman. A brilliant teacher & form master.
Posted by sheila at 27/02/2012 00:34
To Rickoh ~ Alexandra Street school closed at the end of the summer term in 1990. I believe it was demolished shortly afterwards when work commenced on the development of Wesley Square. I can recall building work being undertaken when I visited my dad in Hook and there were shops on site by the time he died at the end of 1992.
Posted by pete smith at 27/02/2012 21:41
Hi everyone,
To all my friends on here lol. too many to mention but tom i remember goole harriers lol..what fun we had.. and mally stuart did not tell me anything untill the very last.. what a brave lad.. hey anyway i have not been on for a long while because i had another op.. but im fine touch wood, hope everyone is ok..yes i live nr next door to me.
take care everyone.
Posted by Brian Collins at 26/03/2012 10:08
I found this page a few years ago and only rediscovered it yesterday when there had been a lot more added. I came across the entry from Alasdair Brown. He was a colleague of mine in the early 70s and we worked together on a number of productions. I remember the Noh play - Kagekiyo - which involved my eviscerating the school's baby grand (all in the best possible taste.

I hope I didn't upset too many people during my time in Goole. I've made a couple of brief visits there over the years, including taking my chldren to see where I used to work and live. Perhaps I'll be able to do the same for my grand-daughter sometime.

I viewed the comments from Davids Teed and England with particular interest. David E: I believe that (and how's this for a coincidence) you were hitch-hiking once and were given a lift by my ex-brother-in-law? David T: your dad gave me my first teaching job for which I was grateful. Please pass on my good wishes.

Goole was good to me but I moved on, first to Northumberland where both my children were born, thence to Leicestershire. I'm now semi-retired and live in south London working part time as an adult education tutor, occasional composer and would-be academic.

Good luck to you all.
Posted by Christine Dawson at 04/04/2012 21:11
With reference to Pete Daniels.
The Pete Daniels that Richard Greenfield mentioned is not the one that jane naumkin is looking for.
He was the son of Jack and Harriet Daniels.
His wife and his two children and two granchildren live in Aberdeen.
Posted by Richard Greenfield at 06/04/2012 19:45
Sorry about that, it wasn't intentional or clear regarding where Pete came from.
Posted by Richard Greenfield at 06/04/2012 20:00
Its also nice to hear Phil Barker is alive and kicking also. Did you become a teacher ! You missed the last ( I think ) class renunion at the Vikings. Very interesting ! Dave Hinks was there - a teacher. Kevin Doran was there - a headmaster , as his father. Jane Shipley was there as gorgeous as ever and remarkably unchanged ( in my eyes ), also a teacher and Bill Scarr working in a large international bank ( the least said the better ) not about him but regarding the dubious practices of banks. I suspect the alcohol got the better of me, hopefully with the minimal of personal embarassment but expect not. Jane Shipley after initial contact tried to avoid me all evening ! Dave Hinks was alright, he chatted up my wife Diane all night !
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 07/04/2012 00:16
I went to school with Pete Daniels but he came fromn the Hessle area as travelled on the train every morning
Posted by Christine Dawson at 09/04/2012 15:18
Perhaps I should be posting this in the family history section, but, for the record, I believe there were no less than three Peter Daniels born in Goole.

According to the GRO birth index, the son of Wallace Daniels and Olga Ridgway was born in 1949 (birth registered as Peter W Daniels) and he had a sister, Patricia, born in 1948.
Wallace and Olga did not marry until 1952, but both births were registered as Daniels.
There doesn't appear to be a death registered before then for Olga's first husband, Joseph Henry Smith, so they may have divorced.

There were two Peter Daniels born in 1953 - one to Jack Daniels and Harriet (nee Jackson), and the other (I think) to Kenneth Daniels and Joan (nee Cawkwell).

The one born to Jack & Harriet Daniels was my brother.
I have a dreadful old photo of Polo's brother and me in our back yard in Percy St.

I don't know which of the other two Peters travelled by train from Hessle.
Posted by Philip Barker at 13/04/2012 10:47
It seems lots of us finished as teachers Richard. I went into special ed. working with children with challenging behaviours. Not suprising as i guess our behaviour at school was quite challenging at times. Would have liked to have seen some of the old faces but I have been living in France for the last 10 years and it was a bit far to come.Still you probably drank enough for me as well. Still in contact with Dennis Wilburn and we still gig together when he visits. Also got Terry Broughton coming over this summer.Not seen him since 1974 so got a bit to talk about.Best regards to you and your family.
Posted by school memories at 22/04/2012 11:35
while at kingsway school .i will aways remember
a lad putting a straw in a ink well and blowing his face covered
in ink.and the teacher mr crowley made him go to morning assembly does eny body know his name
Posted by sue fielder [powles lincolon] at 29/04/2012 17:57
happy times nursery beside alex;
Posted by David Lloyd at 12/05/2012 17:02
To Richard Greenfield - Are you the same Richard Greenfield that I went to Kingsway School with? You mentioned a school reunion with David Hinks who I remember too. If you are the same RG then you will recall the year we won the interschools football trophy with you as Captain. I have recently obtained a copy from the Goole Times recounting our win at Victoria Pleasure Grounds as I wanted to include it in my autobiography (only about 20 years in the writing!) but well remember the semi finals as I managed to score 2 of the 3 goals against Alexandra Street School. The first match was a 3-3 draw after extra time but the following week we won 3-2 to get us into the final. Alexandra Street had Colin Todd in their team but we had Jimmy Mann - both went on to play professionally.
Posted by Margaret Audas at 05/06/2012 00:04
Arthur Kendall. You were a school friend of Barry Spink. Was this at G.G.S.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 14/06/2012 22:36
Hi Margaret,
Arthur Kendall and I were school friends, we lived quite near to each other and we both left school at the same time to embark on a technical career. In both our cases this meant going away from home to live and work in a strange place.
Alot of school children that were educated at GGS did this.
Hope life is treating you well in Spain and that you are not too badly affected by the problems with the Euro.

Posted by Dennis Hall at 30/06/2012 20:47
Cross country running brings back happy memories for me (GGS 1950-55) as my father had the garage at the top of Airmyn Crossing. This became a pit stop for me and my classmates to take in a packet of crisps and lemonade before continuing to Boothferry Bridge and back to school. American cream soda was the in lemonade at that time. Bill Foster was the gym teacher until replaced by Pag Glew (initials being PAG)
Posted by John C. Wraith at 27/07/2012 07:44
I haven't read the news for a while-still lots of memories.I was in Goole in April and do wish they would tidy up the building site in front of GGS-such a good looking building-I think there were flower beds in my time!Still in Manila,and sort of semi retired!I gave up my headship in march,but now give some time to a very poor Muslim school,teaching IB English in a High School,and English in the university-here we don't really stop!I had hoped to read the newspaper and walk the dog-ah well,one day,perhaps.Great to see my old pal Roy Mapplebeck-he looked so well!
Posted by memories at 31/08/2012 11:03
the lad who put a straw in a ink well and blew covering his face
in ink and was sent to morning assembly.
was doggy owen
Posted by James Calvert at 03/09/2012 19:30
Boothferry Road School 1960-1966 Goole High School 1966-1971
I too have fond memories of cross country running,( or lack of it) by calling home en route, later re-joining the field & sometimes in the lead.
Mr Walker(English) Mr Salmon (Commerce) are the teachers at GHS I remember the most.
It's been good to read all the comments, Where have the years gone to?
Posted by anon at 12/09/2012 21:10
did doggy owen have a brother Sisco?
Posted by Robert Ward at 08/10/2012 10:00
The series of letters about Goole in the Guardian continues. Someone on Saturday wrote that "Myrtle Park primary school in Bingley was twinned with one in Goole in the 1950s, presumably to help Goolies learn how real West Riding folk lived." Well, I remember that as a pen-friend arrangement, rather than a formal "twinning", with Boothferry Road School in the late 1950s. We wrote to them, they wrote back to us, we visited Bingley once (their school, houses and buildings seemed more grimy than ours), and they visited us. My pen friend was called Martin Unwin.
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 10/10/2012 15:42
Posted by TOM hardman at 21/10/2012 15:41
John Wraith are you the same J Wraith who was a member of Goole Harriers as a young lad. I was also a member of the club. Along with Norman Prentice and John Slater. The late cliff glasby as coach. I two am teaching only Manchester not Manilla although ask me if id swap and I would need time to think it over, thought about it and yes I would swap yesterday.
Left Goole in 1971 for the RAF until 1986 then Uni and teaching. still running abiet very slowly these days.
Posted by Keith at 27/10/2012 10:13
Anyone remember Pasture Rd School teachers , Headmistress Miss Cranitch, Miss Fell , Miss Fell (round the corner) any more
Posted by bill hawkins at 02/11/2012 14:48
Evacuated from Edmonton London in 1944 aged 5 and lived for 9 months with the Skelton family at White City Airmyn. Attended Boothferry Road School during this time and kept in touch with Skelton family and descendents for 60 years. Went to school each day with Suzie Cooper but now too old to remember much else, but do keep a photo of the school.
Posted by Graham at 03/11/2012 19:56
Anyone remember the Youth Club at the rear of the Grammar School 1973 - 1975. Great times.
Posted by eddie audas at 04/11/2012 22:31
barrie spink,
barrie, I hope that you are enjoying the onset of winter weather and all are ok. Margaret (nee hockny,brickley and now Audas) is often looking at dresses with white spots on a blue background also navy blue and amber paterns on. I keep telling her she can not look younger by looking back . Boy , has she a longway to look back. I gave a lot of photst of the ymca and goole to a lady who used to cook sausages there, she has a stall selling ladies undies in the market. It would be the fiftys when I took them. Regards from Very sunny Benidorm , Please do not send too much rain over here as we have the med outside our balcony and that is plenty thanks.
Posted by fiona moate at 07/11/2012 21:49
I remember the Youth Club, though I didn't go much as I never really liked Pop music until Punk arrived & then I was on my way to art school.
What I do remember was the very distinctive weird smell in there. I am sure all the Motown would come flooding back if I were to smell it again?
Any one else remember that smell? Anyone have any idea what caused it?
Posted by Graham at 05/12/2012 23:33
Fiona, the only explanation I would have for the aroma in the Youth Club would be that it was hormones/testosterones from the youth of the day!
Posted by David England at 23/12/2012 01:11
It was my mum's funeral last week, and I was delighted (if that's the right word) that Cynthia Potter managed to get there. At 78, she is not as agile as she was but still in reasonably good health. I had a long chat with her, and was impressed at how much she still cares for children's education.

She mentioned that Nora Charlton is still going strong, too.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 23/12/2012 21:20
So sorry to hear about your Mum David.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 27/12/2012 15:58
Can any one remember what the Houses were called at Goole High School, I went there in 1971 prior to the schools in Goole becoming comprehensive. I can't remember the names at all. Were there any?
Posted by Bill at 27/12/2012 22:51
When it was GGS I recall (possibly incorrectly) that the House names were Norman, Windsor, Stuart and Tudor
Posted by Ivan Tasker at 29/12/2012 16:33
Yes Bill that's correct. I was in Windsor '54 - '59.
Posted by Keith at 30/12/2012 10:49
The GSM school house names were Lincoln, Durham, York and Chester.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 30/12/2012 11:32
Yes I know the houses at GGS as I eventually went there, I was in Norman.
What I want to know is if anyone on here went to Goole High School in 1971-3 before Goole became comprehensive & everyone went to GGS. I hated the High School, those two years were possibly the worst I have ever had to endure. Bullying, poor teaching, feeling of uselessness & failure.
This trauma maybe has led to me forgetting what house I was in, if indeed there were houses. Can anyone there at the same time help?
Posted by Bill at 30/12/2012 23:50
Bit confused now. Didn't GGS become the High School. Or was the High School somewhere else. I was at GGS 59-67 and then moved from Goole, so please excuse my ignorance.
Posted by Willo at 31/12/2012 12:41
I'm struggling with Fiona's response as well Bill, did GGS become GHS before it became Vermuyden or did GSMS become GHS before everybody transferred across the road GGS. Perhaps Fiona will enlighten us.

Maybe somebody can provide a time line for all the changes in name that have occured to the secondary schools in Goole
Posted by Keith at 01/01/2013 14:21
GGS became Vemuyden, now known as Goole High School. GSM School became Goole High School prior to GGS becoming comprehensive, now known as Goole College of Education if this helps.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 01/01/2013 16:09
When I failed my 11+ in 1971 I ended up at GSM which had then been called Goole High School. When the area became comprehensive in 1974 everyone was transferred to GGS, which was still called GGS, even though it was a comprehensive school when I left in 1978.
What I wanted to know was if anyone went to GHH at this time & could remember if there were houses? I know there were at GGS but I cannot remember any at GHH.
Posted by Keith at 01/01/2013 19:07
I'm struggling now where does GHH come in.
Posted by Gremlin at 02/01/2013 10:16
They should have flattened the Modern school when I left in 68. I hated the place.
Posted by fiona Moate at 03/01/2013 17:41
Yes it has come back to me now. i think I was in Chester.
I agree with the previous poster it was a terrible school, would have been closed down these days....poorly qualified teachers, boring teaching methods, poor facilities & a huge feeling of failure just walking through the gate on the first dat.
Posted by Keith at 03/01/2013 19:52
Fiona, where does GHH come from on one of your previous posts. Also, I posted the names of the houses at GSM School on 30/12/12, did these not jog your memory.
Posted by fiona moate at 04/01/2013 08:54
Sorry I think GHH was a typo I meant GHS. Thanks for putting those jogged my memory. When were you at the school?
Posted by tOM hARDMAN at 06/01/2013 19:43
Posted by Fiona Richardson at 07/01/2013 14:15
Mr. Richardson (headmaster from the late 60's) was my grandad! :)
Posted by t hardman at 07/01/2013 15:07
The head during my time I believe was called Patterson I dont recall your grandad although their was a Woodwork teacher by the name of Richardson I think.
Posted by Fiona Moate at 08/01/2013 09:27
Mr Richardson was the headmaster at Kingsway Primary School when I was there 1967-71.
I agree about Goole Modern School/High School. It would have been in special measures if not closed up! I was bullied there very badly & the school wouldn't do anything about it at all. Some of the staff joined in with the kids in bullying me too. I wasted two years of education there.
I also have a degree, post graduate degree & a PGCE. One thing it did do was show one how not to treat students in your care there after.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 08/01/2013 11:15
Hello Fiona. I have watched your posts for some time with interest. i was sorry to read of your treatment at the modern School. My education there was in all a good one. However I went there by default. As I spent six years there.I was already there in form 1b when I should have been sitting my 11 +The following year was spent in 1a then 2a,3a,4a. It has been only in recent years that I have learnt what went on in those far off days.I was not the only one that was not allowed to sit the eleven plus. It was deemed by the education authorities that children of one parent families especialy those of Labourers and the like.would not be able to afford the School uniform if succeeding in passing the 11+ I am living proof. I was not unique. But have no regrets.You have to play the cards dealt in this life.Some teachers used the cane far too much .These are the only ones that I remember their names. But My English teacher was excellent. That good in fact I cannot remember his name He spent a great deal of time explaining good verse
One piece in particular is imprinted in my memory bank "the value of a good name"from Othello act 1 scene1.I have lived my life ,As have my children and grand children Using these words as a guideline.So all these mailings how GSM was a bad school. Think on
Posted by Gypsey at 09/01/2013 10:28
Hello, well after reading some of the comments I'm pleased it wasn't just me who thought the Modern school was near on a complete waste of time. Apart from a few teachers who did do their best, ie, Jos England, David Seven, Mr Oliver and God bless him Les Setterington the rest were just there for the power trip I think. I'd had enough by the time I was 14 and not long after I "just walked out" for good, got myself a full time job, and it was six weeks before they missed me ! Patterson was the so called headmaster who summoned me back to the school I don't know about anyone else but the little erk reminds me of Captain Mainwaring, lol. Got there and the reception party were present along side Patterson, the matron, Mrs Greensitt, mousey Evans and some bloke from the careers office, all firing questions so I just stood back and let them get on with it. They said I couldn't leave because I didn't have a job, no mention of not being fifteen ? I remember Patterson jumping up and down like a boxer dog and banging his fist on the desk to show some power no doubt. Anyway eventually the matron threw a green stamp card at me and Patterson said "get out and don't think I'll be giving you a reference either" I'd had enough of this clap trap and I turned and walked out, no doubt to them another complete failure going into the unknown. Still I recon over the years that have done more than they would ever do between them, I made a good career for myself, been around the world a few times, worked in some fantastic locations and met some great people and earned a tidy few quid aswell. I can honestly say with no thanks to the Modern school regime. I wonder if any of them thought we could have taught better ? It was they who failed us not the other way around.
Posted by Keith at 09/01/2013 15:31
Things must have changed a lot since I attended GSM School, reading the above posts. I left in 1955, admittedly there were one or two badish teachers but there are in all schools. All in all I found most were very good . The headmaster was Mr Rowse who kept a tight hand , a teacher already mentioned Mr Oliver was a great favourite, along with Charlie Greensides, Pop Northey, Birdy Fell, etc etc. So really I have'nt any problems with this school.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 09/01/2013 16:42
Hello Keith.I left in 1949.Mr. Rouse became headmaster taking over from Mr. Firth Of the two Mr. Firth gained respect.without the tight reign. Mr. Northey.Fell and Greenside were,in my opinion excellent teachers.But needed to cane for control.Other teachers did not need to resort to this level.Being caned was no big deal anyway. The pain was shortlived.Its just a shame that frustration took over when they were unable to get their point across with certain individuals
Posted by Fiona Moate at 10/01/2013 22:00
When I started there in the September of 1971 it was called the High School & the staff must already have been aware that big changes in education were afoot locally. In hind sight having worked in education myself for over twenty-five years I suspect the place was a bit direction-less. There were some good committed staff, but many of the attitudes & teaching were becoming dated. I remember Mrs Greensitt, Mr Townend & Mr Settrington as being good. Mrs Greensitt was a bit scary but I can still remember her "Library" lessons. The English teacher Mr Watson was very uninspiring & talked about the Germans & the war every session; unfortunately he also made the journey to GGS after the schools became comprehensive, but he mentioned the war less then.
I remember some incidents: A cookery teacher getting a 12 year old girl to relight the oven when she could smell gas, the girl was thrown across the room by the blast & lost her eyebrows. A science teacher making boys sample dilute hydrochloric acid. Unbelievable today, but it really happened.
The worst things for me were the obvious disappointment & anger of my family when I didn't go to the Grammar School & the terrible feeling of a closing door. The future was housewife, office worker, factory worker or SEN. Thank goodness the schools did become comprehensive. My problem is that I have dyscalculia.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 11/01/2013 11:28
Hello Fiona Discalculia. A new one on me.I know of dislexia for my good friend Derek Cutts of Airmyn suffered badly with it and faired badly at the SMS.however after serving an apprenticeship at the Shipyard.He had a complete carreer change when he became a sculptor.In later years he has works on some cruise ships. The Costa Concordia .I joked fell over because of his huge rotatating Glitter ball in the Ballroom.
The first indication I can remember of me not sitting my 11+ Came about in my second year in 1A.When Charlie Greenside was telling the story of the boy who went home and told his parents what the Equator was.He was told by teacher it was an imaginary Line going around the Earth. He told his parents.(and this is where Charlie stopped and looked at me. Saying, Bunting, as you heard this tale last year .Tell them the ending)
I stood up and said It is a Menagerie Lion running around the world
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 11/01/2013 19:38
Attended ggs 63-69 never left the area been a plough jockey all this time just discovered tinternet.I would love to hear from any of the gang from the D form of that era. What happened to Tank Collins alegend in his own detention.Met Bazza.just after the Falklands war trust Baz to look for a scrap.
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 11/01/2013 22:24
just found this wonderful page . dennis wilburn have you still got that blue strat must be worth some brass now .god bless sticky happy days rhesus negative forever what happened to scouse Allen worst bass player ever give us a call
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 11/01/2013 23:15
sallyanne do you remember the summer of 68
Posted by David England at 16/01/2013 20:27
Gosh, is this the same angelic Graham Cowling that I remember from Howden Minister choir? He was always a star treble.
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 21/01/2013 21:34
sorry David England i was not the chorrister more your fag smoking cricket and rugby nut from Rawcliffe.By the way Mike Coldwell and Bob Fletcher best teachers by far in my years at ggs closely followed by dear old Ellis Postill and Tony Heath great sports masters certainly shaped my long career in senior league cricket
Posted by Dave barkham at 27/01/2013 21:02
Hi gypsey
I'm dying to know who you really are cos I think you were at school the same era as myself
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 27/01/2013 21:40
WHO THe f.... barkam i.m the real person maybe the vodka has dulled my brain but where are ferrimans class of 68 yr not all dead but bless sticky and fordy surely smone knows where ali brown neil robbo duckitt and sheila hodgson are
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 27/01/2013 21:57
jeez just remembered andy banham what a flanker shame he went to the states oh god ady lee alf davis robbie balcam chas richardson ges rollinson bertie baines at prop what a pack shame we re all 60 now great memories
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 27/01/2013 22:27
c mon u lot my brain is in top[ gear mason wakey tads elaine ellis mary burkill janet thornton where are u now pete hardy mally richardson ive had had my battle with big c ok now let meknow what you ve done
Posted by B.S at 29/01/2013 21:15
I'm sure I remember a teacher at Alex who was called Miss Hall and after marrying became Mrs Orange, anyone else remember her, I was there from 1960-1964.

Mr Craven was a brilliant teacher who had also taught my dad, does anyone know how old he was when he was teaching us?

Love this site, it brings back so many memories now I'm approching my gulp '60's
Posted by Kathleen Jones (now Kate Hobson) at 30/01/2013 00:18
Last night I dreamt not of Manderley but of Goole. I was back in Mr Ferriman's English Lit class (room 14?) and at the beginning of Junior VI (1963). Anyone out there enjoy his lessons as much as I did? I haven't looked at this website for a year or so and have spent a happy hour this evening catching up. Glad to hear of the longevity of Cynthia Potter and Norah Charlton. Is Bill Petch still with us? He was an inspirational teacher.
Posted by Keith at 30/01/2013 19:58
Mr Craven must have seen the error of is ways in his latter years . I remember him belting me all around the classroom for something I had'nt done.
Posted by GRAHAM COWLING at 31/01/2013 20:44
Heard on grapevine Mike Caldwell no longert with us . Anybody confirm or deny. Mike was the best. Coached me personally at cricket then would give me a detention usually for being a prat.Great man manager.
Posted by philip barker at 02/02/2013 09:21
Hello Mr. Cowling, great guy Mick Coldwell. He used to give me and your cousin Howard a fag and a beer when he played cricket for Airmyn. Then would check my breath all week at school to see if i had been smoking. Dennis Wilburn's blue strat was actually a WEM 22.I have been living in france for 10 years and Dennis often calls on his way to Spain and normally we play a gig or two. The band name is 39 Years After. Don't know what happened to Snecky but yes he was the worst bassist i have ever heard. He knew all the right notes but not in the right order or with any rhythm. Best wishes to you and family.
Posted by dennis wilburn at 03/02/2013 19:47
Hi everyone. Just been passed this site by phil barker. Memory permitting, I'll answer a few things I've seen:
Dave (Snecky) Allen committed suicide in, I think, 1990, in Peterborough.
Sticky Bostock was one of the best drummers I ever played with.
Lynne Barker, blonde and pretty
Graham Cowling bought my Vox Stroller electric guitar, and still owes me 2 shillings and 6 pence. Yes Graham, it was a Watkins Rapier 22 in Ice Blue. I now do have a Fender Strat in Ice Blue - a very different animal, and worth a bit.
Peter Litherland Teed, a progressive man after our previous head-man Latimer. I remember when I went into senior sixth he decided that everyone in their last year should be a prefect - so I refused it. He insisted, so I wore the badge under my jacket lapel.
Rhesus Negative - wow, what a memory that is.
Arnold Chappel and Ellis Postill - between them they excluded me from school in 1970, but when I met Arnie at our reunion, all he said was 'My Dennis - how are you?' I know I was a big disappointment to him, and I liked him a lot.
Posted by phil barker at 04/02/2013 14:00
Arnie was a big disappointment to me.... the dinnertime he caught us supping in the Vikings. He marched us straight back to school and refused to le me finish my pint. Mind you it was probably Watney's red barrel or some other 'pisse d'an'
Posted by Jez nutbean at 22/02/2013 21:14
Just a quick hello to Phil Barker after reading with great interest your comments which evoked many a memory from 30 and more years ago. Do you remember the gig at Goole Grammer round about 75-77 I think. You was on lead guitar and I played piano which if you remember was nothing portable but my own upright Joanna from home. I had to transport it by van then haul it into the school .. Do the gig then back home with the heavy "beast" which you can appreciate was well out of tune by the end of the night. I remember we did Tom Robinson "2 4 6 8" and also the stones " under my thumb" which immediately springs to mind . Hope you are doing well Phil. Jez from 55 Oxford road
Posted by Phil Barker at 23/02/2013 08:41
Hello Jez, nice to hear from another musician. Unfortunately it was not me on lead guitar as I had left Goole. I think it must have been my cousin Martyn Barker. You can check him out on youtube.My last gig around Goole was at the Blacksmith's Arms in Hook with Dennis Wilburn on lead and Geoff Laverack on drums. It was around 1970. We played in the annex a under the name Forgery as it was the Blacksmith's.
Posted by Ann Jenkinson (née) at 24/02/2013 05:53
I was there from 1961-1965 leaving half way through the year to emigrate to South Africa where I have been ever since. Yes I also attended Gwalia Preparatory School and I hated it with a passion - and its effect on me has never gone. I remember whilst I was at the grammar school that I was 'madly' in love with two Senior Sixers and we used to place ourselves strategically along the corridors to catch a glimpse of them. I wonder what ever happened to them - Dave Houghton and Steve Gibson. At the tender age of 16 Steve was even going to emigrate to SA to be with me. Ah, young love! I am now Headmistress of a local girls high school.
Posted by Ann Jenkinson at 24/02/2013 05:55
What I did want to ask is does anyone have a photo of the school hat that we used to have to wear? No-one has yet been able to produce one.
Posted by Phil Ward at 18/03/2013 15:54
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Sheila Woodcock? I think she was a Goole Grammar school pupil in the 1950s and was later my English teacher at Snaith Secondary.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 18/03/2013 23:34
I went to GGS from 1950 to 1955 and I am sure that sheila Woodcock was in our year
Posted by Mavis Vines at 01/04/2013 22:47
I was at GGS with Sheila and she lived on Marshfield Rd, near to where I lived in Edinburgh St. I met her again at the GGS 50 years reunion, and for some reason I seem to recall she lived in Canada. I cannot be 100% sure, as there were a few ex-pupils that had come from the other side of the Atlantic. Rod Lumley I would think may have details , as he organised the reunion. I believe his brother still lives in Goole, you may be able to find him. Ask Barry Spink if he knows where Rod is,he may know. I met another ex-pupil from our year two weeks ago when I was asked to interview his 102 year old mum, who left her council house after 74 years!!
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 07/04/2013 23:37
Hi Mavis and lady looking for Rod Lumley s Email it is rod lumley <>
I heard from him not too long ago

Posted by Barrie P Spink at 07/04/2013 23:56
To Phil ward
Sheila Woodcock became Sheila Wheeler and her Email is Sheila Wheeler <>, I have found this from documentation in my filing cabinet, it will be a few years out of date now. I had a Christmas email from Rod Lumley in 2010 and sheila was on his mailing list but have not heard from him since. Of course we are getting on, our year will be in their 74s now

Kind regards

and good to hear from you all

Barrie P spink
Posted by Phil Ward at 12/04/2013 17:37
Many thanks for making the effort to locate Sheila. I have tried the email address and will see what happens.
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 14/04/2013 16:59
I remember very well Sheila Woodcock, one of my 'B stream' classmates at GGS. In 1955, when we were all preparing to escape, she told me I was foolish to go into engineering, as I had earned a modicum of approval for my essays; "You should be a reporter or something", she cautioned. Instead I became a Technical Author in the electricity supply industry. Great to see your name also, Mavis Vines, another friend from that era. Happy days sometimes, though I never felt safe smiling in the presence of John Leonard Latimer, The Boss.
Posted by Angie Hill (nee Barsby) at 14/04/2013 18:18
To Ann Richardson - I was at GGS from 1959 to 1966 and was also at Gwalia Preparatory School until it was closed - Miss Rhodes was so scary but I did learn a lot. I do have a photo of me somewhere in the GGS 'pork pie' hat. I think it was taken on my first day. I remember that they were very unflattering and as we moved through the school they were placed further and further back on the head, sometimes held on with grips! When could we stop wearing them - was it fifth form? Would love to hear from old classmates.
Posted by Phil Ward at 17/04/2013 13:01
Sheila Woodcock, now Wheeler, responded to my email. She lives in the USA. She once gave me an A for my English homework. I cheated by adapting a story from the Wizard comic. I eventually became a photo-journalist and publish my own international monthly magazine.
Posted by david wiltshire at 17/04/2013 22:30
am looking for albert blee we was in miss hall class in 1984
Posted by Mavis Vines at 21/05/2013 23:23
Nice to see Arthur Kendall's name. I was always frightened at GGS, mostly it was the bullies though. It was one of my biggest tormentors that I came across when the East Riding Council asked me to interview his mother. I suspected who it might be when I arrived to meet the mother. Anyway the son said he could not remember me, but I jogged his memory a bit, and hopefully made him feel bad, but I did not say anything outright , in case it upset his mother. I bet he got a shock when he realised who had come to do the interview!! Anyway nice to see your name Arthur. We are getting fewer and fewer
Posted by Paul sutton at 25/05/2013 08:22
Anyone remember mr evans at goole high school in the 70,s I was in his class with Neil Sunderland , Martin Clark , Nicola Stanley , Maureen Lyons just to name a few. Would like to hear from anyone from that era
Posted by Tom Hardman at 29/05/2013 15:25
John Evans was a form teacher and PE teacher during the early 60's. Then Goole Secondary Modern School. I was there from 60 to 65. He had the distinction of playing in a teacher verus school at hockey and unfortunatly smashed a ball straight into a girls face breaking her jaw. That was the end of staff v pupils. John laughed when I said I wanted to be a PE teacher I was then in the second lowest form in the school. Love to meet him today. I have retired from teaching having spent 27 years as a PE teacher and 16 years in the RAF as a PTI. Nice guy but terrible school.
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 30/05/2013 14:35
Tom /Gypsey , i love both your posts . Your spot on about the modern school a total waste of time . Do you remember a Mr Legott who took art ( in the prefabs ),he used to give us all something to paint then he used to go to sleep by resting his head on the top of the desk . Bet Sheila (nee Parkin ) remembers that.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 02/06/2013 09:45
To BS, 29/1/13 - I do remember Mrs Orange, but I'd forgotten she was Miss Hall. She was tall and thin with a deep voice. I thought Michael Orange, who was in my class, was her brother. Must have been her brother-in-law. There was another Orange who was in the army and died in Northern Ireland. I'd never met him, and don't know his name, but I worked with his best mate, here in Australia.
I always thought Pop Craven had stepped out of a Charles Dickens novel to teach us. But he was indeed brilliant! Despite having had books, chalk, even board rubbers, anything that happened to be in his hand at the time, thrown at me for the henious crime of whispering to the bloke next to me, I have always had fond memories of him. I don't know how old he was, he always looked the same age. I know he used to enjoy a pint down the British legion, which wasn't far from where he lived.
Posted by tom hardman at 02/06/2013 15:13
Leggot a man who was more than a waste of space he took up valuable breathing space as well. As a teacher of more than 25 years I would be ashamed if anyone mentioned that man in the same breath. Not only did he fall asleep at the desk but used to hide his cigerettes inside the desk lifting the lid to smoke behind it. He enjoyed hitting lads at the back of the head. Miss Thompson was our form teacher in the first year. She was a lady ahead of her time(an inspirational teacher) imagination and creativity were brilliant, considering the facilities available to her. She suddenly announced she was leaving to get married. A huge suprise to everyone at the time. The Biology teacher(Name forgotten) was also a good teacher. I believe the school is now a college.
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 03/06/2013 16:33
Ok Tom i just love the way youve described him, that was brilliant & now youve said it i remember him having a smoke under the desk lid too. Now Tom what about further down the prefabs in the domestic science . Miss Evans was her & Legott an item !!!!!. If so the saying "love is blind comes to mind " The science teacher you were thinking of ,was it Lugs Brant ?not sure Have a think Tom
Posted by Tom Hardman at 10/06/2013 16:26
Hi Dave sorry friend but my memory is not what it used to be. I find it hard to image anyone having a romantic link with that individual(Leggot) I do spend a lot of my time fishing these days and every time I put a maggot on my hook I think laggot not maggot. So close and so alike. I remember the prefabs and the domestic one about half way down I think. But the names are a distant memory, just some stick for good and bad reasons. That period was for me not a very happy time and for good reasons chose to put it to rest. Some people I remember were Geoff Naylor, Malcolm Eyre, Brian Smith, Peter Daniels and a girl I was crazy about Stephanie Lovitt and that's about as much as I can recall
Posted by Ivan Tasker at 12/06/2013 19:29
Hello Phil Ward, are you the same Philip Ward that used to live in Gowdall?
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 16/06/2013 15:41
Tom I remember Stephanie really well . I bumped into her years later when i was at Doncaster Tech College i think she told me she was going on a nursing course ( not sure ) In the end prefab wasnt there a teacher called Mrs Pascoe ?
Posted by tom hardman at 23/06/2013 12:22
Hi Dave Mrs Pascoe good grief I can see her face now. Amazing I would never have remembered the name and more amazing she comes to mind. With regard to Stephanie. I remember she wanted to become a nurse but I do believe an unexpected family addition put an end to it at that time. I have since been trying to remember names of people at school(secondary modern) pupils and staff but nothing is coming to mind. In the class was a Brian Smith, Peter Daniels a girl called Crampton, a jean but second name cannot remember, a lad called Hill and that's about it.
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 23/06/2013 16:32
Ok Tom ive had a long long think ,here goes . Teachers, was there also in the prefabs a Mrs Macallistar ,a Mrs Jenkinson who came from Hook ? a Mr Reaveley (nicknamed Chisel ) who was in the prefabs at Newport St side who along with Mr Richardson also took woodwork . Mr Oliver who took metalwork . Tom did you live down Kent Road am i right ? as i lived down Elm Avenue . In our year at school, pupils , Jim Sugden Susan Andrew Mary Robinson Sheila Parkin Tony Proctor Maggie Charlesworth & that Tom is without raking through all the boxes in our back bedroom to find a school photo LOL .
Posted by Sue Fielder at 23/06/2013 18:32
All the names above remember lasses well;Got to be time for next reunion get you lads out dad dancing any decent venues?
Posted by tom hardman at 25/06/2013 11:49
Dave I remember the metal work and woodwork teachers but only one pupil name Shelia Parkin but why I have no idea. I remember a French teacher very young and married Geoff Naylor If I am correct. I think he was seeing her on the QT Imagine if that was today, what would have happened. I worked at a Music School in London in the early 90's (Purcell Music School as Head of PE, and I now live a stones throw from Cheethams Music School, recently in the news as a teacher was sent to prison for his dealings with some of the students. The same happened at Purcell with the head of Strings and a pupil, he just got the sack, How things change!!
Posted by Fiona Moate at 25/06/2013 16:19
I remember Mrs Naylor for French are you saying she was married to a pupil?
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 26/06/2013 20:47
Well this time Tom youve remembered more then me . I cant even remember the french teacher or the other dealings !!!you mention either . Since ive been in contact with you Tom every day i try to remember things like the sweet shop in Newport St & the back lane at the side of it ,where all the smokers used to go . I mean were doing well to remember all we are doing . Were going back almost 50yrs . But although ive not lived in Goole for 30yrs i still get The Goole Times every week .
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 27/06/2013 17:44
Was there also a teacher called Mr Houghton ( plump guy with a bald head ) who took Tech Drawing too Tom ?
Posted by Tom Hardman at 27/06/2013 20:11
Sorry Dave TECH DRAWING WAS NOT ONE OF MY SUBJECTS, in fact not many subjects were my strong points. I was what some may call a late developer(very late) mid 30's to be accurate, still better late than never. Someone once described me as a has been(football) My reply was better to be a has been than a never was. The sweet shop, pineapple cubes and coca cola cubes in a bag for 3 pence(Old). Smokers lane. Do you remember the white line down the centre of the sports field girls one side boys the other. They(The staff) obviously never ventured over to the bowling green toilets. I remember getting the cane on my first morning by Harry Cutler for going in the Quadrangle. My first thoughts were what the hell is a quadrangle rubbing my stinging hand. Lining up in the play ground on the whistle. British bulldog. Foul school diners. Milk and a haliboringe capsule. Ink monitor or milk monitor. Never a prefect, not high enough. Won a prize for citizenship from Ernest Ried, could never figure out what I had done, but still got the book, a dictionary by Nelson 50 years old. I believe the school is now Goole college. My late father was the caretaker at the Grammar school back in the 80's when Mr Tead was headmaster. remember the two schools finished 30 minutes apart so we did not meet out on the main road. Why is beyond me. School dances with a record player playing the same three records over and over. The night has a thousand eyes.
Dancing instead of PE arrrgh. Non Nobis domini or No Hovis tonight as we would sing. Now I am struggling so will quit while ahead
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 29/06/2013 22:02
Tom you've deffo remembered more then me there mate lol
Posted by Gypsey at 05/07/2013 12:44
Wow that lot stirs the mind so I'll add a few more names, Minni Miles, taught french along with Miss Finch and Miss Morris, A weird guy called Sykes did music, Mr Salmon taught commerce Mrs Whittaker taught art, Mr Ford tought science and I recon fancied Miss Finch !! Mrs Lawson who made everyone stand still whilst she went across the playground to the feeding troughs, then there were a few more "teachers" who just turned up for a warm I think. Most of them could have done better in my view save for Messers England, Seven, Oliver and Splutts who were straight blokes. I remember girls called Steph Walker, Shiela Morritt, Wendy Moore, Trudi Dodsworth, Val Howard, Jeryl Ward, Joan Kirk, Ann Joyner and Susan Barker. There must be loads more can anyone else add to the list ?
Posted by Robert Ward at 05/07/2013 17:01
David Greenfield - are you the David Greenfield who lived in Elm Avenue?
Posted by Willo at 08/07/2013 23:06
Reckon he did live on Elm Ave, because he said so a few posts ago
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 12/07/2013 15:19
Yes i was brought up down Elm Avenue
Posted by Fiona Moate at 14/07/2013 15:20
I remember the music teacher Mr Sykes. I began what was then Goole High School in September 1971 & even at 11/12 I realised something wasn't quite usual about him. Children were much more naive then than they are today. Someone will be able to confirm that he left the school rather rapidly & a report appeared in a subsequent Goole Times.......
Posted by Corby Bunting at 14/07/2013 17:10
I attended the Modern School from1945 to 1949
In that time there were two Music teachers.Mr. Dunhill who was a very good teacher .He took the time to go from pupil to pupil whilst singing. to advice and also listen to make sure the right words were being sang.
Then Mrs Triggs took over.A quiet lady of a nervous disposition.Often the wrong words would be heard over the correct ones. On the whole though I believe my education at that school was more than adiquate
Posted by Paul at 14/07/2013 20:11
Hi Corby.
Very interested that you mention a Mrs Triggs as that is my surname. My mother I believe taught at the Modern School prior to 1945 but did not return there until September 1948 when I was nearly 4 and could start at Boothferry Road Infants a year early. She was primarily a P.E teacher but may also have taken needlework/English/Drama etc but I don't recall her being involved with singing although she could play the piano.It is not a common name and is unlikely there is another Mrs Triggs. What surprised me is your description of "quiet lady of nervous disposition" which she certainly wasn't.Coming from "Pettican" stock that is not a trait that would apply to any of the family .
Posted by Corby Bunting at 14/07/2013 22:39
Hello again Paul.The date fits for I was in 4a in my last year.I would describe your mother as slender with fairish hair and she wore specs. She was treated with less kindness by the class in general. compared with Mr. Dunhill who was overbearing.I also remember her as a pianist. Please understand that I mean no disrespect to your mother. also understand the job that she was in where most of the pupils towered over her. Which may have been quite daunting.My own Granddaughter is a teacher at a London school.Believe me that is a worry
As for being of Pettican stock. They are on my tree. Charlie Pettican(London)married my aunt Jane.They had a daughter Mary. Jane later married Walter ( Buster) Hattersley. Do these names ring any bells?
Posted by Paul at 15/07/2013 01:24
Hi Corby
I do appreciate you were not speaking with disrepect of my mother and that your comments were your recollection of your time at the Modern School. She taught at the school until 1954 and then we moved to Hull where she taught at various schools in Hull, South Hunsley and Anlaby. The Pettican names you mention I don't recognise.I have to confess that I can't rememember my Grandmother's name but my grandfather was Samuel,"sammy" who i believe had Irish roots.Their children were Alice,Laura,Ada,Kitty and my mother Ethel with brothers,George and Claude.Don't know if these names are relevant to your family tree? I'm not aware of a London connection.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 15/07/2013 08:01
OK Paul. whilst a member of the local hisory group I penned many of my childhood memories About my schooling I stated that the only teachers that I remembered were the ones that caned me.your mother being the exeption for I never saw her cane anyone.MR Moody and Mr. Fell used lightwieght canes.Which smarted for a short while.Mr. Greensides and Mr. Northey used what appeared to be Walking sticks.but Mr Averey once used a steel rule. Which landed him in trouble from a very irate mother.But my worst expirience was from Mr. Rousethe head who replaced Mr. Firth.I was called to his office where he and a Police officer carried out an interogation about a missing bicycle pump. My name had been put forward as the culprit.I was totally innocent.although I suffered this bullying from these two individuals. It left me with a huge mistrust of the Police and anyone in authority
The two Pettican families were not related
also going back to the great "Bombs dropped on Goole "debate Shortly afterwards I recieved an email from Ed Pollard to say he and is brother saw the bombs drop from their back door in Mountpleasant looking towards MendipIt was travelling left to right (East to West) Their mum got them under the kitchen table .but, he also heard the strafing later, Which I did not
Posted by Gypsey at 16/07/2013 13:00
Hi Fiona Moate, Pleased someone else thought Mr Sykes was a bit odd to say the least !! but as you say most kids then weren't as aware or street wise as they are today. Didn't know that he headlined in the Goole Times though, but not surprising. I remember he always seemed to be in a rush but only took little "girly" steps which struck me as odd even then. He once came running up the path to the prefab class room loaded down with books just being able to see over the top and as he went around the corner a lad called Bongo stuck his foot out and Syksey ended up sprawled on the floor with books everywhere...... no one laughed obviously.!!
Posted by Fiona Moate at 16/07/2013 16:17
Gypsey. I remember him saying "Semi briefs not ladies briefs" once & he had a wobbly chin like a pelican. Wonder what became of him.
Posted by emo at 17/07/2013 08:45
i rember mr sykes he was my form teacher in form 1 39 and 2 39 back in 1970 ish
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 17/07/2013 20:42
Oh someone s mentioned Mr Greensides. How could I forget him!!! Was his first name Charlie?Did he live on Centenary Rd ?He once hit me that hard he left 5 finger marks on my leg.I remember after that little incident my dad walking into school in his boiler suit & asking him to step outside with him but he declined my dads invite . But he never hit me again.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 18/07/2013 12:02
Apologies for previous mail it was not Mr, Avery But Mr. Reveley ,Metal work teacher who use a steel rule
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 19/07/2013 15:34
Reaveley i always thought he had a look of Adolf Hitler about him ( small tache ) his nickname was "chisel " ) am i right ?
Posted by Keith at 19/07/2013 18:04
When I attended the Secondary Modern school in the 1950s Mr Oliver was the metalwork teacher , and Mr Reaverly was the woodwork teacher.
Posted by Gypsey at 19/07/2013 21:04
Keith, you are right Mr Oliver was the metal work teacher and a really good one at that, he taught me a lot which has stood me in good stead over the years, plus he used to take a few of us fishing to the Newport canal in his old Dormobile van. The other bloke, Reevely aka "Chisel" was housed in the brick class rooms on the Newport Street side and thought alot about himself, would have passed for a German officer any day, didn't like him one bit.
Posted by keith at 20/07/2013 07:54
Yes Gypsey, your correct Mr Oliver was a great teacher I went fishing with him also. I often wonder if he's still around, as for Mr Reaverly I don't really think he liked kids !
Posted by Corby Bunting at 20/07/2013 11:34
So, It appears I got it wrong.mixing up the two teachers.Mr. Oliver does not ring any bells.But I cannot remember the name of the most interesting teacher ,the English teacher.Anyone tell me his name?
I have always maintained that it is easy to remember the names of the ones who dished out punishment
Perhaps the steel rule made me think Mr. Revely taught Metalwork .Considering I spent the whole of my working life in Wood. I should have known who introduced me to it
Posted by keith at 20/07/2013 12:33
Hi Corby, Possibly Mr Richardson taught you woodwork as he was also a woodwork teacher. Mr Greensides taught English along with Mr Peter Daunford-May ( if that's the correct spelling) Mr C B Fell taught maths, Mr E B Fell science' Mr F Baker art, Mr Windle and Campbell PT, Mr Thorpe music, History/Scripture ?all When I attended GSMS
Posted by Corby Bunting at 20/07/2013 16:38
Hello Keith .I spent five years at the school.I was installed in 1b for the first yearWhen I should have been sitting my 11plus.This never happened.I was not alone in this great injustice. Many were considered "Not Grammar School material.My second year I spent in 1a when Charlie Greensides (then a Geography teacher) brought my attention to the fact that I was going over what I had learnt in the previous year Followed by 2a,3aand finally 4a. Like I have said before. My education was adiquate.I simply was unfortunate to be in a situation where I was in a one parent family.My Dad was a docker.So he like many others would not be able to afford a Grammar School uniform I know others had the chance of resitting.But as far as I am aware I did not have this option.Again, I have no regrets
Posted by Keith at 20/07/2013 20:00
Hi Corby, Yes I understand what you are saying . Quite a few of my classmates including myself were in a similar situation
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 26/07/2013 14:01
Gooday Corby Bunting! What a great name! You may or may not know me and your name doesn't ring a bell with me, but if you know all those girls you mentioned (5/7), and Bongo (16/7) you were probably my vintage. I was in C grade all through the 4 years I was at the "Modern" school. Jeryl Ward (lovely girl) had a friend, Christine Johnson who emigrated to Perth in late '68. I lived there for a year myself in '78 but never ran into her. Christine had another good friend Lynn somebody, who was always made by the teachers to put her hem down; and the next day she'd rock up to school with the hem back up again. Wendy Moore went with Steph Farrar (who was the first kid I spoke to when I started Pasture Road when I was still only 4) when I knew her. I sat next to Sheila Morritt in 2nd year. Then in '76 bumped into her in a beer keller in Berlin. Her husband seemed none too pleased. Delia Smith was also in my class, though she looked a lot different on the telly (joking of course). She had a friend, Jillian Duffy (I think). If you knew Val Howard you may remember her friend, Susan Littlefield.
I'm looking at a class photo now (presided over by Josh England) and the only other names I remember are Joan Critchley, Barbara Morton, Janet Whiteley and Pamela Laycock. Let me know if you're interested in the boys names, I remember most of them.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 27/07/2013 09:37
That's what happens when you read so many messages on this site, you get the names mixed up. The previous message is of course for Gipsey, though I still think Corby Bunting is a great name. Any relation to Jimmy?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 27/07/2013 11:39
Hi Gary,The Jmmy you are referring too I think may be the son of my cousin Jimmy1920 Young Jimmy born 1952. I left Goole in 1957 so I do not remember him.although I have been in touch with his sister Jean and once spoke to his wife Brenda My name has always been a problem for others. I was christened Corbett after a Grand uncle who appears to be the only one who made good. for there are many named after him.Whilst at School I was known as Corby.Then when I started work my boss said"Too hard to remember You are now Bert".I joined the RAF and became Bill.This name stuck all my working life.although I have been called worse many times.Only Family,and close friends now use Corby.
Posted by Polo at 31/07/2013 13:39
Hi Gary Masterman nice to see your still reading the Goole web site. The girls names you and "Gypsey" came up with are real memory joggers. The Lynne you refer to I recon was Lynne Christopher an attractive blonde haired girl if my memory serves me well with nice legs too. Ironic you bumping into Sheila Morritt in Berlin have a feeling she was stationed over there in the RAF, very nice girl. I Left school and worked for both Joan Kirk's dad and brother along with Jeryl Wards dad. There was another girl in our year called Hillary Fields from Adlingfleet and I ended up working with her dad too. Mr Oliver was a great bloke when he went out of the metal work room I would get busy making a knife or a sword or some other implement in secret until he came back, but he had a knack of letting me get it nearly finished then telling me to destroy it !! to this day it always amazes me how he knew I was upto no good, ha ha.Those days are long gone now Gary but the memories are still there. Hopefully someone else will put a few more names and memories up before too long, it would be nice to hear from some of the girls. Anyway mate stay lucky till next time. Polo
Posted by Gary Masterman at 01/08/2013 04:11
...And contributors to this site, apparently, eh CORBY. Yes, you do have a few years on me. Had you been born just 20 years ago with that name I have no doubt you would have been destined for the EPL, or show bussines, or the Arts or something. Jimmy, born in 1952, would most definately be the Jimmy I was referring to. I didn't know him all that well but he was in my year at school.
Great to hear from you again POLO. Lynn Christopher of course. Thanks for remembering her name for me. Wasn't she originally from Scunthorpe? I suppose she did have nice legs but I can't say I was too fond of her at school. But, having said that, I ran into her once in Goole in '73 or maybe '76 and she was very charming on that occasion. Another girl I remember was a friend of Janet Whiteley's, Susan Rutter. At least I think it was Susan. Hilary Fields eh! I was looking at this pretty girl in the school photo, trying to remember her name. I think now that that was her. And, I don't believe now that "Duffy" was Jillian's name, I think it was "Duffin". Yes, it would be nice if a few of those girls were to drop a line onto this site, eh. Thanks for the prompt reply guys, now where do you suppose that Gipsy bloke's got to?
Posted by Gary Masterman at 01/08/2013 04:29
Oh, and yes, Polo, Mr Oliver was a great bloke. Never saw him angry. He, more than once, advised me to get into the catering trade, on account that as I was always the last one to leave the canteen he and he would catch me re-setting the table. I never did get into catering, but I still seem to be cleaning up after everyone. He was out of the classroom one time when I seized the opportunity to drill a hole through a sixpence. Well, the shrill squeal the noise made was heard by dogs in Newport Street, and in no time at all Mr Oliver was standing right behind me, with an almost affectionate smile on his face. Great bloke.
Posted by Margaret Audas nee Hockney at 06/08/2013 20:57
Glad I have rediscovered this site. Seen the latest posts of Mavis Vines and Barrie Spink, old classmates of mine. Barrie I am not 74 yet. although most of you all. As I write this on 6/8/13, I have another 7 days to go. Also if she is still with us Joan Hislop has another 2 days. I think we were the youngest of that year. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me. email Now living in Benidorm where my friends are in no doubt where I come from. I have a mobility scooter on which is attached a number plate with Margaret Goole. on. So anyone in Benidorm that see me, well speak.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 07/08/2013 16:42
Hi Gary. I have three GooleTimes clippings of the classes at the Modern School
The first is the girls class of 1950. Al born in 1938 .My wife being one of them.
The girls class all born 1935 where three of my cousins feature .Jean Holliday, ,Mavis Thompson and Mary Pettican The boys class also all born 1938 in which my good friend Derek Cutts is present Derek served an apprenticeship as a plumber at the Shipyard.But later attended the royal college of Art Becoming a world famousSculptor all his work is in Stainless Steel and also Kinetic See his website under George Cutts, Sculptor.I believe that he could have been a good proffesional cyclist.How good he was is that he took part in the club mountain trial on a fixed wheel track bike.where others had multi gear cycles. He was close up at the finish One final note is that he worked with others at the shipyard in close contact with Asbestos. Two of my mates who were also there passed away form Asbestosis.Pete Raspin Raspin and less than a year ago Pete Walker.
So, how lucky is Derek?
Posted by Dave Barkham at 07/08/2013 22:01
To Gary Masterman.
Yes it was Sue Rutter from old goole like myself along with Carol Palmer,Bernice Bradshaw just a few more for you to remember and I remember Sue Littlefield & Val Howard also how you doing these days still in aussie I see
Posted by Gary Masterman at 08/08/2013 12:41
Hi Corby! Was your cousin, Mary any relation to John Pettican, born in '52 or 53? He was a good mate of mine at school. Yes, Dave Barkham! I'm still in Ausse. Hope you are well these days. I'm still in Melbourne enduring the cold wet climate of winter at the moment, not like you guys, sunning yourself in sub-tropical Yorkshire, or so it seems at the moment. Did I read earlier you were in Ireland, or was that someone else? I can't put a face to Carol Palmer, though I do remember the name. As for Bernice Bradshaw, well, she was just too good looking to even talk to. Take care, mate!
Posted by David Barkham at 08/08/2013 21:28
Hi Gary
Yes your right I am in Southern Ireland been here just over 5 years now and as you say been enjoying the good weather(which is unusual over here its usually raining)I'm surprised you cant remember Carol as her and Bernice were always together at school,good reading all the comments on here brings back some good memories doesnt it.
Take care
Posted by Corby Bunting at 09/08/2013 10:32
Hi Gary I have recently realized that there was another Pettican in Goole John was not related to me
Posted by Dennis Hall at 22/08/2013 20:28
Derek Cutts was living in Airmyn at the same time as me. My dad had the garage at the top of Airmyn Crossing. Derek once came in to reduce the bore of a pistol in order to fire .22 bullets. Dangerous times in the early 50's. Later he did some modelling work and appeared on an advert for cigarettes. Was it Players on b&w TV? I had holidays with Pete Raspin (another biker) and Maureen. I still see her now and again.
Posted by Keith at 23/08/2013 07:50
I remember Derek Cutts with a hand gun sitting on the steps at Goole Modern School playground in the 50s . This was around the time of the Craig shooting. Watched Corby's video on Derek , would never have recognised him.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 23/08/2013 09:45
I belive the Handgun incident was a natural progression from Bows and Arrows. He came around to my house with it one day.Anxious to try it out. we walked some distancein the country. before he pointed it in the air and pulled the trigger. We were both looking in the opposite direction when this happened.I never saw it after then
We were both in the wheelers at that time. with our friends John Appleyard,Pete Raspin,Dave Simpson.50 years later Derek and I had a mini reunion at John's house in Nafferton Followed by a huge reunion shortly afterwards 65 turned up in Hook. Pete was not present but his wife Maureen was. Dave passed away a few weeks later and Petes sister Maureen Now John is very poorly.I have many photos of my old friends.But Derek is well and continues to work.
Posted by keith at 24/08/2013 21:34
Did Derek marry a princess of a small island group. Yes it was Players he advertised and I seem to remember he modelled sweaters also. He was a very good looking lad in his younger days too. All this is sounding a bit like this is your life Derek Cutts !!
Posted by Pete Smith at 24/08/2013 22:13
Hi Gary,
hhmm have you looked at all the 34 Modern Scool pics I put on here.. Im sure john Peticon is on there some where and Bernice ... theres Col Walker.. Steve Coop.. Mally Smith lol..and a load of others.
Posted by Pete Smith at 24/08/2013 22:16
HHHmmm just looked I gave 34 pics here but there not all on anyone who is interested in the photos my email is and stop laughing.
Posted by Gary Masterman at 30/08/2013 10:08
Hi Pete,
I got the class photos you sent me a couple of years ago, which I still cherish. These include the one that Mum wouldn't buy 'cause my hair was too long, would you believe. My best mates at the time, John Pettican and Steven Rice are in it, which is great. Guys at work pick me out every time. Obviously, I haven't changed much. Thanks again, Pete.
Posted by Dennis Roer at 22/09/2013 00:10
Hi all, I'm looking for Keith Scott and Michael Smith who attended Goole Secondary Modern School with me in the late 50's and early 60' ya doin' guys?
Posted by John C. Wraith at 23/09/2013 05:25
For Ann Jenkinson-I remember coming to your house for tea-Marshfield Road?You had plaits on top of your head,and the wicked witch used to pull them!Never to be forgotten-our parents just did not understand the anguish we went through at Gwalia Preparatory School!I am interested we both ended up in education,all the same!Do e-mail me on
Posted by tony hollerbach at 24/11/2013 06:48
Hi Everyone,
I left Goole in 1968 and am now nr London, I attended Boothferry road infants / junior school to 1959 then on to the Secondary Modern leaving in early 1964 if I remember rightly my last form was 4c with form teachers 'Dog' Watson and Mr Reid-Smith who was a Mayor off Goole at or near that time.
I would dearly love to hear from anyone who may remember me, my nickname was 'plug' much to my disgust! Also anyone with any photographs of that period especially any of class 4c if any still exists.
my email is
Posted by malcolm smith at 26/11/2013 22:16
To Dennis Roar
ie I would also like to get in touch with Kieth ie Scottie and Mike smith ie Snuttsey ,my name is Mick Smith ie Smuttsey we were in the same class ,I am in touch with Dennis Roe and was in touch with Dave Holden but he passed away I think early this year.
I lived at Greenawn childrens home , boothferry rd .other names I remember Pete dootson. Bob Strachan , Col Wilson ,I left school in 1961 and moved to York another lad I remember was Eddie Whitley .They were good days
Posted by Dennis Roe at 12/12/2013 22:43
Hi Malc, I believe Bob Strachan died many years ago.
Posted by Elaine Thorpe( Elson ) at 02/01/2014 15:55
To Lynn El Amery & Elsie Street Hill.
I recognised your name Lynn & would love to know who Elsie is. I remember the others you mentioned Tank, Fanny etc.
I also remember Elizabeth Newbury & Linda Wheldrake in the girls. I think our first domestic science lesson with Miss Holland was how to make cocoa & scrambled eggs. I used to travel on the train from Brough to Goole with Ann Derrick, Wendy Gadd & Wendy Hope. When we were a bit older I used to stay with Elizabeth, so we could go to the Paradise club. Happy days I have only just found this site so hope you read this.
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 09/01/2014 23:10
Hello Graham Cowling. I am still alive and doing ok despite being an official OAP! Have many fond memories of our time at GGS when we were all young with no responsibilities. It does not seem that long ago that we were all at school. So, where do the years go? Now it is our music that is played on "Sing Something Simple". Quite scary.
I have retired from nursing now & spending my time 'SKI ing' (Spending the Kids Inheritance) with lots of holidays. Great fun!
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 09/01/2014 23:14
To Elaine Elson
We were at GGS at the same time and I recall all the names you mentioned. But like you, have no idea who Elsie St Hill is. Maybe someone can enlighten us.
Posted by Elsie...St Hill.. at 11/01/2014 03:45
Elsie Street is local and has a raised, grassy area which the residents used to call the Hill. I used to live there for some of the time I was at Goole Grammar...a stone's throw...a lifetime ago..

Remember dancing with you in the gym, Elaine and with Wendy Hope too on those snow days...The er, Gay Gordon and the Valeta? spelling? Cynth and Postill in the dance-off...chuckle...

You girls are all retiring now and good luck to you. I still have three years left to work. Bus pass soon though...fond memories and warm regards from a distance....
Posted by Elaine Elson at 15/01/2014 14:33
To Shelia Hodgson & Elsie St. Hill. -- Glad to hear from you both. I too will officially become an OAP !!!!! in March, where does the time go? I still work 2 days a week & have no intention of retiring gracefully. Elsie are your initials DC ? If so I believe I once stayed at your house for the Xmas dance. All that practicing in the gym didn't go to waste.
Wendy Hope left GGS about 1966 & moved to Rochdale. I went to visit her & joined the local Rochdale gang of MODS, we thought we were the bees knees !. On my last day at GGS I remember swapping my pork pie hat for Denis Wilburns' cap.
I hope we can keep swapping memories, as I need all the ones I can get, must be my age. Take care Elaine
Posted by Sheila Sharman (Hodgson) at 15/01/2014 23:21
Hello Elaine & 'Elsie St Hill'
Great to hear from you and to hear of your memories. Still so vivid in our minds yet the mirror tells a different story. Or maybe it is just reduced standards in their manufacturing processes!!! I remember well the little hill in Elsie St but the only person I remember living there was Rose Watson. She is now the only one in our peer group who can honestly say that she is still a teenager. That is the benefit of being born on Feb 29th.
Posted by Sheila Sharman (Hodgson) at 16/01/2014 00:16
To Elsie St Hill
Think I know who you are now. When scrolling through earlier comments, you mentioned that you were also in 4A at Alexandra St and then I remembered who also lived on Elsie St. If I am not mistaken, you lived in one of the early numbers on the right. (Think Elaine was mistaken with DC) Did you see the photograph in the Goole Times last April of our form? It was in the 'Back in Time' section. The GT obviously placed the photo in the wrong section because we are not that old, are we?
Posted by Else...ha ha at 16/01/2014 02:36
Identity aside...I remember Rose Watson and even the oddity of her Leap-year day birthday. I was in Pop Craven's class with her at Alex I think. She had a brother called Roland who was a great character, motor bike mad he was.

Anyone of our age group at GGS will remember a lovely fella Steve (Sticky) Bostock. We met again one night in the 70's and had cracking night in the beer tent at Old Goole Gala. He kipped at mine. I remember the sadness when I heard of his death a few short years later...more soon...

PS. I left Goole well over 30 years ago...
Posted by emmo at 18/01/2014 08:36
dose anyone remember a lad called cris kilvington who went to goole modern school around 1970 to 1974 and what happend to him
Posted by Elaine Elson at 18/01/2014 21:12
To Elsie & Shelia. Yes I remember Stephen Bostock I think he was friends with Gareth Hayward, who I sat with when we went on a trip to the Blue John mine ( I think ) Did either of you go ? Correct me if I'm wrong. Elsie - still cannot think who you are will need more clues please. I think the DC I was thinking of lived maybe Carter or Dunhill Street . I guess from the timeline on your comments you either live a considerable distance away or work shifts.!!!! regards Elaine
Posted by Someone, Else... at 19/01/2014 02:38
Well, Elaine, you are a proper Hetty Wainthropp P.I. aren't you...tee hee. Keep it to yourself though, please, Elaine, if you work it out. It isn't that important. Been away too long...

Gaz Heywood was my best friend...miss the guy very much, to this day...

....I remember in the early 70's a group of us lads went for a week to Torquay. We were trying to get in a club, late on. At the top of some staircase it was. I was grabbed from behind by a big doorman who recognised me....guess who that was....Dave (Tank) Collins. Took us in and bought the first round...great guy..,

I always remember the tiered, sloping floor in Gerry's classroom 4B & 5B. Many a happy double maths in there eh? Phew! If I'm honest, I've never forgiven Pythagoras for having a bloody theorem! E=MC squared too. You seen one nuclear war, you seen 'em all....

That's maths sorted then. Now, for English, I seem to recall a lady teacher with an American twang...Miss Gibson. Think we may have called her Ma Gibson. She was sweet and defenceless, so we took advantage. We let her read to us, her beloved Gerald Durrell stories. You know, about the animals...yes, Friday afternoons were a doddle, leaning on elbows, gazing through glass.......something must have sunk in though, you know. I have always tried to be careful with my punctuation...

Eats shoots and leaves
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 19/01/2014 22:29
To Elsie & Elaine
Remember Steve Bostock (Sticky) very well. His untimely death was tragic. Remember also Gareth Haywood & Tank Collins. He was certainly the right build for a doorman. His cousin Dennis was also in our form at Alexandra St, Elsie. Not sure what happened to him though. Your memory serves you well, as Rose did have an older brother called Roland.
I did not do the trip to the Blue John, Elaine but I remember a photo of that trip in the school magazine. In fact, I think you were in it.
Like you Elsie, I moved from Goole over 40 years ago when I commenced my nurse training. Married someone from outside of the area and his job meant that we moved around the UK, Holland & Germany before eventually returning to Yorkshire and settling in Harrogate. Moved on since then but looking at going back there. Still have family & friends in Goole and it was through them that I heard about the 4A class photo in the Goole Times.
Posted by Someone, Else at 19/01/2014 23:17
Ah, Sheila. You were in the A stream then? That's why I couldn't place you in our class. I'm sure our lot were the last to be ABCD divided. Thereafter they were in House names weren't they? We had a little joke in the second form.....2B or not 2B, that is the question....groan...I'll get me coat....
Posted by Elaine Elson at 20/01/2014 15:18
To Sheila Hodgson.
Me too Sheila - I couldn't picture you in our class. You must have been in same class as Wendy Gadd from Brough - she had ( still has hopefully ) really white blond hair.
Posted by Elaine Elson at 20/01/2014 15:30
to Someone or Else. Your secret is safe with me - very safe as I still haven't got a clue. Enjoying this puzzle & keep trying to picture all the boys in our class but to no avail. I was really sorry to find out about Steve & Gareth but not much news filters through to Brough & I still don't live that far away now, bought a house in Thailand but didn't make it permanently. l I have also lost a few friends far too early, so sadly 2 more to add to the list. On a lighter note - were you ever the lucky recipient of the dreaded blackboard rubber ? I'm sure Gareth & Tank were on numerous occasions but I think we wimpy girls just used to get a piece of chalk. To be continued
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 20/01/2014 20:03
Hi Elaine & Elsie
Crossed wires here, I think. I was in the D stream at GGS with Sticky Bostock & Anne Derrick. You and I were in 4A at Alexandra St Juniors, Elsie and that is the class photo I was referring to.
I have had lunch today with a childhood friend and her mum from Goole, so when I took them home, I had a drive around Elsie St 'Hill' just for you. In this changing world, you will be pleased to know that it has not changed a bit since our childhood. My friend told me that in the town Library there are year books for GGS with all our class photos. So, may have to pay a visit there when I return from holiday. Could be a nice trip down Memory Lane.
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 20/01/2014 20:19
Yes Elsie, we were the last to be streamed throughout our schooldays. The year below were streamed for the 1st year and then placed in House Forms. Therefore, you were the last form ever to be able to deliver your quote. Something for the history books!!
Never received the chalk but many of the boys did, as well as the blackboard rubber. The teachers aim was brilliant. They all had the skill of making the offending item whizz past the ear without ever making bodily contact. Our best punishment was from 'Boiler ' Wright who gave the entire class 100 lines for laughing. That was 3 lines each and 4 lines for a few others. That made us laugh even more!!
Posted by Anyone, Else... at 22/01/2014 04:44
To Stuart, Webmaster. No offence intended, I assure you. Have you thought of migrating and upgrading this whole collection to a Facebook group page? I think you could gather a lot more interest if you did. It does what it does, yes, but it is very slow. You may not get an answer for weeks when a post is made. I am in a few Facebook groups ( I'm sure we all are ), and stuff flashes up every second including photos. Just saying.
Posted by Elaine Elson at 22/01/2014 19:10
To Who Else - I am sure I can picture you now, if I have the right person was you hair a reddish colour & did you also hang around with Dennis Wilburn ?
Posted by Else... at 22/01/2014 19:24
No, I think that was David Wraith. A brilliant runner, by the way.
Posted by Elaine Elson at 22/01/2014 21:15
To Else - yes you are right you obviously have many more brain cells left than I have. - I could not think of his first name. Oh well back to the drawing board. I'll put my thinking cap on & send a list of all the names I can remember perhaps you will be on it!!!!. Do you recall our French teacher Mme. Wright? Very tiny lady who insisted on us rolling our 'rs ', which caused great hilarity. I also recall a teacher called Mrs Rennie who I think was Estonian & possibly taught German, but am not sure. I think she had a son at GGS but older than us. A bientot
Posted by Elaine Elson at 22/01/2014 21:27
To Sheila Hodgson . Was there a girl called Elaine Ellis in your class ? I remember her but not which stream she was in. Do you remember a girl I was friends with called Rosemary Beaumont from Rawcliffe Bridge, haven't seen her since 1969. Elsie may remember her as well she was definitely in B stream. I still think about playing hockey in the freezing cold, with those shorts on & our bumble bee yellow jumpers. I preferred netball in the summer, but don't recall being very good at it !!!
Am enjoying these "chats " it's nice to share memories. Elaine
Posted by Else at 22/01/2014 22:22
Other girls in our class...yes, Rosemary Beaumont, Linda Broderick, Susan Harrison, Julia Whitfield as well as the ones mentioned earlier.

Mrs Rinne did teach German I think and had two sons Peter and Paul who were our seniors. Both Prefects I suppose...

Didn't Miss Scurrah (Brenda) teach German as well?
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 22/01/2014 23:24
Hi Elaine & Elsie
Yes, Elaine Ellis was in our form but left in the 4th year. I remember all the names you mentioned. The girls from our shared double games or junior school, and the boys from our 'dance' lessons in adverse weather. Certainly preferred the dancing~ even if it was only the Gay Gordons or Military 2 Step~ to playing hockey in the freezing cold.
Apart from Anne & Elaine, the girls in our form were Mary Burkhill, Jill Fullwod, Sally Anne Richardson, Janet Theaker & Janet Thornton. (We were very much out-numbered by the boys)
Will be out of touch now until March but will be back on the site on our return. Going 'SKI'ing (spending the kids inheritance)
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 22/01/2014 23:29
Hi Elsie
Yes Miss Scurrah (Brenda) taught French and German. I also remember that she went on a Sabbatical and came back to teach Russian. Clever woman.
Posted by St. Elsewhere... at 23/01/2014 05:19
To Elaine. Tee mentioned a few posts back that you swapped headgear with Dennis on the day you left school. You said on a more recent post re: Hetty Wainthropp P.I. that you would have to put on your thinking cap. Who's cap will you be wearing then?

Only joking....
Posted by Elaine Elson at 23/01/2014 13:36
To Sheila Enjoy your spending spree !!!!!

To Elsie - Probably one of those pointy ones with a D on the front. Sadly cannot remember what happened to DWs' cap. Another thing to think about. You mentioned Susan Harrison - years after leaving GGS I worked with someone who had married her ( SH ) brother. She lived in a small village near Saltmarshe I think, in a railway crossing house. Still trying to engage brain cells so will chat later
Posted by Bill at 23/01/2014 23:38
Miss Scurrah was a clever woman indeed. But she suffered mercilessly at the hands of Class1D. Not known for their sophisticated wit, they erupted into hoots of laughter when Brenda accidentally wrote 'Wee' instead of 'We' on the blackboard.
Posted by Else... at 24/01/2014 01:13
Hi Bill. Imagine the confusion in 1D if Brenda had written "Oui!", on t' black boored. Stands by for incoming....

We all loved Brenda. She was a charmer.

Anyone remember the art and pottery teacher, Mike Tomlin? Now he was a breath of fresh air and very sort of new-age in his approach to teaching...the very Litmus test opposite to that Scottish fella behind the art room divide. Angus Turner...?
Posted by Dennis Roe at 25/01/2014 23:25
Hi all, I'm still looking for Keith Scott and Michael Smith, they attended Goole Secondary Modern until 1961
Posted by Elaine Elson at 26/01/2014 15:54
To Who Else but .... Might you be ( or have been ) tall dark & handsome ? If not I'll just run through all the names I can remember. You are right about the Rinnie ?? boys - one of them was a bit of a heartthrob I think, the other one was quieter. Was it Mrs Williams that had her hair in little coils above her ears. If so I remember her telling us she was a Quaker & explaining about her religion, we used to her office in small groups. On the new art teacher note - why do you think all the girls suddenly got interested in Pottery??. He made a welcome change from Angus. Still working on the puzzle. Elaine
Posted by Sir Veyor at 26/01/2014 20:06
I've been pondering your idendity for some time now Elsie but you say you were given the slipper by Ellis Postill , well that narrows it down to about 5000 . What was it ,last one in the showers gets
it? Wasn't Mrs Rozenbrook a great first form teacher Elaine ? I remember you girls having a collection for her at the end of the year to buy her a present. she had to get the handkerchief out.
Posted by Else what? at 27/01/2014 04:23
Hi Elaine and Sir Veyor.

No, Elaine, I was never tall, dark and handsome. I think that was Sidney Poitier. I think he was in Mr Ferriman's class for drama....

I do remember our first form class with Mrs Rozenbroek. She was very kind and a gentle cushion between junior school and the turbulent, mean streets of GGS. I think she had a daughter in school, Helena?
Posted by Elaine Elson at 27/01/2014 18:54
To Sir with Love. - wouldn't that have been something ? SP at GGS in the 60's - would have caused quite a stir.
Yes Mrs R. was lovely , just what we needed before the harsh realities of BIG school set in. She did have a daughter called Helena, she was a couple of years ahead of us I think.

You boys are very good at hiding your lights under bushels - still got the pointy cap on
Bye for now
Posted by Paul Moyes at 30/01/2014 19:12
By 'eck theres some great stories
Posted by Wes Banks at 31/01/2014 03:57
Share a story with us then Paul. From the time you spent at school in our town.
Posted by Sir Veyor at 31/01/2014 16:31
Hi Elsie and Elaine, Yes I remember that tiered floor in Gerry Appleyard's classroom, In fact it was very appropriate , I bet Gerry shed many a tear trying to teach us maths although I can still remember the formula to solve a quadratic equation. Oh I and can also recall Miss Clark for some reason and Miss Jones who was from Liverpool and was mad about the Beatles .
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 01/02/2014 15:15
I was looking for references to J.L. Latimer and came across this site by accident. Mr. Latimer was an excellent teacher and I did respect him even if I got caned three times, once for slow hand-clapping the school orchestra. Another assault on my pride came from Gus Turner who gave me a very hard slap across the face for my best attempt at art, The name Arthur Kendall appears quite often in the correspondence and I wonder if he recalls drawing a cartoon of Billy Calder on the blackboard.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 02/02/2014 20:31
I think that I must have been there too
Posted by Bill at 03/02/2014 00:14
Bryan, was Mr Latimer really an excellent teacher? I never recall him ever doing any class teaching. Personally, I had a low opinion of the man, finding him aloof and at times disrespectful.
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 03/02/2014 12:28
Bill, Mr. Latimer taught Geometry using a text book authored by himself. He used to award bonus points as a way of encouraging interest and concentration.
Posted by Gerald Brooksbank at 03/02/2014 19:08
The book mentioned was Course in Geometry by J L Latimer and Thomas Smith. We had a Maths teacher called Hirsch. After one
school holiday he did not re-appear. A story swept the school that he had found a mistake in the book. Never knew for certain that there was a mistake. Pity about Mr Hirsch though, he was a good teacher.
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 04/02/2014 13:35
Hello Bryan Ramsey - can't visualise your face but the name is very familiar. I should be able to picture you - after all it's only 59 years since I left GGS - and Goole. I can't recall drawing the cartoon of Billy Calder - did I get whacked for it? :-) . I do know we named him something like 'Unkas Eye' - meaning 'one-eyed' - from our own private dictionary, on account of his oyster-like defective peeper (or should we say 'peeker' nowadays? - and 'opthalmically challenged'? ). He brought the house down one day in class, much to his surprise, when, exasperated with one boy, he bellowed "Frankly, Hutchinson..". The class exploded - the lad's first name was Frank....

Barry Spink, brilliant engineer, was a close pal of mine in the early fifties, and we have swapped notes on this site. We're both still alive, as I recall.
Posted by Ian Kenning at 06/02/2014 11:03
I have read with a lot of interest these 'fond memories', laughed a lot, sighed a lot and wondered a lot about the lives we all had back in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Great names have jogged my aging memory, fond memories of my time at the old 'Modern School'; names like my first teacher Miss Finch (mmmm), Len Townend, Dog Watson, Spluts, Mr Oliver, and what was the name of the woodwork teacher who was in one of the old prefab brick buildings who use to make you stand outside the class and you had to show him your hands, and if they were 'mucky' you would feel the back of his ruler.
My class mates: Geoff Eastwood (Good Footballer), Colin Taylor, Dean Murphy, Mick Brant, Steve Marshall, and the lasses,
Sue Moss, Sue Littlefield, heyup, my memories going again, anyone help me out?
It was a great school with some great teachers, Len Townend was our teacher for the last three years, Finchy the first two (I think). anyway you old playmates, keep this site up and keep talking, the good old days will always be the good old days.

Posted by Keith at 06/02/2014 11:19
I think the teacher you are referring to was Mr Reaverly. There's a link to a photo of him at the top of this page.
Posted by Ian Kenning at 06/02/2014 11:58
That's him Keith, were you by any chance in my years 65-70?
Posted by Keith at 06/02/2014 18:08
No Ian, I was there in the early 50s, but so was Mr Reaverly!
Posted by Dennis Roe at 06/02/2014 23:07
Mr Reavely was my woodwork teacher from 1957-61
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 07/02/2014 12:15
It is not surprising that Arthur Kendall cannot recall my face, he sat behind me. I sat at the side of Pamela Gash - nice girl.
Posted by Elaine Elson at 08/02/2014 20:30
To Elsie - Hope you are well, but really sorry I just cannot think who you might be. I thought you might have had initials SH ( hence the tall dark & handsome ) but he was about the only name not already mentioned except Graham Tune but he came from Hemingbrough or Graham Petch from Pollington. Michael Clayton came from Gilberdyke ( he took over the family auction business ). Can you remember how many boys were in our class ?
Must go as have some work to do for Monday
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 09/02/2014 16:52
Hello, Bryan Ramsay - now I remember - all the girls swooned over the handsome back of your head :-).
Incidentally, one of those quirky little coincidences - a couple of weeks ago I met one Jeanette Gash, born in York, parents Jean and Andrew now living on the Isle of Wight. Pamela was indeed lovely, and no doubt still is. Could be related, I suppose - like we all are if you go back far enough.
Any floods in Goole, Bryan? Dave Clarkson and I used to 'sail' an upturned table on the cricket field in about 1948 - it always sank .... wellies full ... happy days.
Posted by Karen Nutting (nee Butler) at 14/02/2014 14:02
Found this on a wet Friday afternoon - much relates to things before my time, can't quite remember what dates exactly that I was at Goole Grammar school - early eighties I think, turning 50 has wiped my memory I fear. I also seem to remember going to the one across the road for a couple of years after Junior School (Kingsway). I remember one of Mr Ferriman's lessons on the poem Jerusalem. I always think of him when dear husband is listening to Test Match Special. Mr F used to relish the phrase "arrows of desire" - I always thought that a bit odd! But he did inspire a continuing love of poetry.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 14/02/2014 19:28
Hi Karen -

I was at GGS many years before you were there, and Festus (sorry, er, Mr Ferriman!) was my form teacher for two years. I remember him very well, and from my point of view, was one of the most popular teachers. I wonder what became of him?

By the way, some of the nicknames of the other teachers in my years were very apt - Boilerhead, Fritz, Bongo, and of course, Elvis. Perhaps the most fitting was that of our Latin teacher: Priscus (just priceless!).
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 16/02/2014 23:36
HI folks I remember Pamela Gash and Arthur Kendall plus most of the teachers mentionedI think that Boiler head has married the french teacher madame ayeoolw
Barrie P Spink
Posted by Dennis Roe at 17/02/2014 00:48
Hi Barrie Spink, I remember you, well I remember your name anyway!
Posted by Ian at 17/02/2014 09:06
Hi Karen.

I used to go to school with Mr Ferriman's son; Hugh Ferriman. We then parted company as he went to the GGS and I was across the road at the Modern. This was back in 65.


Posted by Jim Calvert at 18/02/2014 20:01
Hi Ian,
How are you doing? Remember our cycle trip to Scarborough in 1969 when at GHS & going to Whitby/Scarborough to do our school projects etc etc.
They were really good times.

All the best
Posted by Ian at 19/02/2014 15:05
Hey Jim mate, how are you? Yes I do remember, great times. Remember when we got legless at Scarborough while on a day trip with your mam and dad, We were on Carlsberg special brew (Under age at the time) but what a time we had.
I hope you and yours are well Jim. Keep in touch, there are so many good tales to tell.

Best wishes

Posted by Jim Calvert at 19/02/2014 19:45
Hi Ian,
I'm ok mate & the family are good. Yes I remember the day out. We were all right until we hit the fresh air. My dad had to prop us up and took us on the sea front out of the way.We wanted the toilet,so he took us in and got a shock when the toilet seat flew into the air. I can't remember how it happened though, but can remember the hangover-ha ha.
We will have to keep in touch. Hope you and Jean are well.
Posted by T.S. at 19/02/2014 20:07
Hello,Elaine Elson,I remember you in Class !B,I also remember the Boys register.Abbey,Bacon,Blackburn,Buttle,Clayton,Coolledge,Ellis,Gelder,Hare,Houghton,Hunt,King,King,Needham Petch,Russel,Scott,Shields,Smith !Am I sad or what?
Posted by Ian at 20/02/2014 07:09
Hi Jim.

Yes I remember it well, we passed a policeman when we came out of the Cafe, your dad propped us both up, one either side of him. Great days, We stayed a lot at your Uncle Eric's,
Yes Jean and I are very well thanks Jim, and yes it would be good to keep in touch.
All the best to you and your family.

Posted by Jim Calvert at 20/02/2014 19:23
Hi Ian,
Yes it was great staying at Eric's.It was like a second home,I spent many a night there over the years.He lived until he was 85.
We stayed there when we did our modern school projects in 1970, travelling to Whitby when we were 14 or 15 & having lunch at the "Angel" (well worth the visit).
This website is really good. I guess we are all chasing memories, we certainly have many.

All the best
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 22/02/2014 22:58
Arthur, Do you remember Mr. Hutchinson, the Maths teachers and a lovely man? He used to recite the Stanley Holloway monologues at the end of each term. The whole class would be in stitches but it was unfortunate that the gigglers in our class (yes, girls) would disrupt many a class for a good fifteen minutes during term time. Poor Mr. Hutchinson, he must have been exasperated but never lost his temper.
Posted by elaine elson at 23/02/2014 15:17
to: St. Else - where are you.
Hi Elsie, are you OK ? Or have you given up on me ever figuring out who you are ? I hope not as I enjoyed our banter & the memories. Just been listening to some of the sounds of the sixties -Sam & Dave; The Temptations, Four Tops etc.
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 23/02/2014 21:23
Bryan Ramsay - yes, 'Hutch' was indeed a good bloke - have you had a look at the photo of him via the 'GGS Staff 1953' link at the top right of this page? He was the only maths teacher who didn't scare me. One day in the seventies, when as part of my job I used to visit Rugeley power station (Staffs), I took a lunch break in a local pub and found myself being served by Mr. Hutchinson's brother - and the likeness was striking.
Posted by Arthur kendall at 01/03/2014 15:41
Sorry to Bryan Ramsay for the mis-spelling :-(
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 01/03/2014 15:43 ... I mean Sorry to Bryan Ramsey ... must be getting old ... nah .. can't be ... snore ...
Posted by Sheila Sharman (Hodgson) at 24/03/2014 21:26
Hi Elaine, I'm back. Loved reading all the memories that have been posted whilst I have been away. See that you are still struggling with Elsie St Hill. Not sure why the secrecy but maybe it is just his quirky sense of humour. As he did not react to my earlier recollection from junior school, I suspect that I may be right. Try the initials of the well known tea (the advert with the monkey).
Posted by Hill-Street Blues at 26/03/2014 04:10
Hello Elaine and Sheila. Didn't mean to cause offence or mystery and it is nothing to do with quirky humour. Just like to be anonymous (after such time and distance ), if you don't mind. Your premature theory ages back made me chuckle Sheila, ( embarassed to say, I can't remember you visually at school though ). I mean about me living in one of the early numbers on the the right, down Elsie St. Now, I have to tell, I am not Philip Gilderdale. I got the reference tee hee PG TIPS straight away. Oh, I larfed. He was in our class ( Pop's ) at Alex was Philip and a nice guy too. Incredibly good at pencil drawing at such an early age. He sketched for me an amazing picture of a horse once, in seconds....I wonder what he did with his life. There was also a lad in that same class who could draw perfect motor cycles. Graham Armitage. How small were we.........regards to you both...
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 26/03/2014 22:26
Hi Elsie, no probs at all in maintaining your anonymity. Just like to know who I am chatting to, even though you are not the very artistic Philip. So much for my great theory Ha! Ha! Don't think I know anyone else from Elsie Street so, have no fear, your identity remains a secret. Suppose that mine does too seeing as you cannot remember me. I also remember Graham Armitage from Alex. We sat next to each other in 3A ~ Mrs Gunson's class. Crikey, going back even further now!! Mind you, I can go back to Pasture Road Infants and many of us were in the same class all the way through to Alexandra St before moving on to GGS. Did you go to the school reunion in 2001 or do you live too far away now?
Posted by Hill-Street... at 28/03/2014 05:31
I remember too Pasture Rd School in the 1950's. Crab apple tree in t' front garden. There was an old caretaker Mr Johanson, (sic ), who came out of the boiler house at dinner-time and a lucky kid would stand on the pedal of his bike and be wheeled to the gate. The tiny outside toilets at the end of the yard which seemed to freeze over when the first leaf fell.....

As a kid I remember walking home from school down Elsie St. There was, most afternoons anyway, an old Gentleman on a certain doorstep who gave me the money and a little note to take back down the Street to Ettie Hills corner shop for ten Woodbines...I always got a threepenny bit for the effort. Once, when it was raining, I was called inside. There were pictures on the wall and medals and such from the Great War. He lived in a quiet, subdued light and was reluctant to leave his little house....I digress....
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/03/2014 08:06
a poignant tale from the fifties.Can i ask. Did the old Gentleman have one leg? My uncle Albert lived opposite the hill you described his room.
Posted by Hill-Street at 28/03/2014 12:52
Hi Corby. I'm not sure about his leg. It was not as far down as the hill though. It was one of the old red-brick terraced houses on the left from Pasture Rd end. Before you get to Newland Rd. The room and contents from the Great War as I described were I'm sure, duplicated in thousands of homes across the land. Poignant indeed in this Centenary year....
Posted by Corby Bunting at 28/03/2014 16:42
Hi again when you said small house.I thought you may have meant bungalow. which is were my uncle lived.He fought in the first war and came home after a gas attack. however he lost his leg because after my aunt passed away he never cooked and fed out of tins .Ultimately catching scurvy which followed by him dropping a dresser on his toe when gangrene set the wrong man .But my cousin Jim lived a short distance down Newland Rd and fought with distinction in the second war and later.I had other friends close to the hill but .i think much older than you
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 28/03/2014 20:37
Oh! Remember well the little sweet shop next to the railings that we used to swing on. What tales that old gentleman could tell. Suppose he was lucky to be alive after all he went through but no doubt he must have struggled financially prior to the advent of the Welfare State. Think the majority of us ran errands or did little jobs for the elderly in our youth. How times change. Cannot ever recall the toilets freezing at Pasture Road but they did at Alex during the big freeze of '63 and we were all sent home. Do you remember the Izal toilet paper? Not the most effective but great for tracing paper though......
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 28/03/2014 21:25
To Peter Kirkpatrick
Regarding your reference to Mr Ferriman (Uncle Festus), sadly, he died around 2000. Our class of '63 had a reunion in 2001 and I was told then that he had died. As you say, he was a wonderful man and a great teacher. He was also my form master for 2 years and I found him to be inspirational. I will always be grateful to him for nurturing a love and appreciation of poetry and literature.
Posted by Hill-Street at 28/03/2014 21:58
Sheila. You are right about Alex toilets freezing over in that big freeze of 63. I could be wrong about Pasture Rd ones. It's been a while after all. Yes, the railings on that patch of grass on the corner. The air-raid shelters which we used to jump off. Shiny loo paper. Spare me. Now wash your hands. Now wash your hands....ha, ha...
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 29/03/2014 11:19
Hi Sheila - yes, happy old memories of Uncle Festus.
Our class of '58 (or was it '57?) used our combined wit to come up with the top idea one week of paying our dinner money in (old) pennies. It was probably 5 shillings a week in those days, as everything seemed to cost us five bob (or 'five shullings' as Lenny Lat was apt to pronounce it). As one by one we trouped out to the front of the class with our 60 pennies, Uncle Festus calmly placed the piles of coins in rows on his desk - and didn't bat an eyelid... To his great credit.
Saddo that I may be, I do look back on my time at GGS with fond memories, but I was so lucky to have a great bunch of, er, classmates in my year, as we moved up through the school.
Years later, I wrote a song about a girl (well, two really) in my year that I later sold with some others to an American publishing company. Some years later still, it became a big seller for an '80s country music star. But that's another story.
Posted by Paul at 29/03/2014 14:07
Reading with interest about those who went to Pasture Road School.Was there a reason (catchment area) why you transferred to Alex or Kingsway as it seems Boothferry Road School was nearer eg for those living on Elsie and Hilda Streets? Was there a short cut for the two schools over the railway eg bridge at end of Cheviot Ave? My cousin in the late'40's/early '50's lived in Jackson Street near Centenary Road but went to Boothferry Road although Pasture Road was a lot closer.
I remember that on Centenary Road opposite Jackson and Weatherill Streets, where the bungalows and 6 semi-detached houses are, were allotments.
Regarding toilets at Boothferry Road we were no better off as they were outside,two rows back to back serving the infants on one side and the juniors the other.
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 29/03/2014 19:31
Hello Paul, suppose there must have been a catchment area for schools but not sure what it was. I was born in Brough St with the school dentist on the corner (too close for comfort) and went to Pasture Rd and Alex. We did sometimes go over Kingsway Bridge to get to school but usually, went through the town. However, Peter Walker, who lived at the other end of the street on Mount Pleasant, went to Kingsway. Philip Baker (a family friend ~ sadly, no longer with us) lived on Jackson St and went to Alex. We also had a girl in our class at Alex from Adeline St. So make sense of that if you will....
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 29/03/2014 19:42
Think we all suffered with the delightful outside toilets except for those who went to Kingsway. Used to go there for my violin lessons every week. On reflection, I now realise that we did nor even have hand-washing facilities. Wonder what Health & Safety would make of these days. Yet our entire childhood would be considered hazardous today][. Our trolley was a plank of wood over a set of pram wheels with a bit of string to steer it and no brakes. Great fun! We could even buy our own fireworks from the proceeds of our 'Penny for the Guy'. Making the Guy was always our half-term project.
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 29/03/2014 20:00
Hi Elsie, forgot about the air raid shelters. There was also some waste land at the end of Brough St that we called the Fire Station and could access by climbing over the gate. Both sites now have flats for the elderly. However, we played a lot in the street or skipped with a washing line from one side of the street to the other. And...... courtesy of TS and his memory of the form register, I now know who I am chatting to (but schh!mum's the word). Suppose I never knew where you lived and therefore, could not make the connection. Remember Stephen Ingledew lived in Westbourne Grove and Robert Balcam in
Murham Ave. Did Graham live on Westfield Ave?
Posted by Sheila at 29/03/2014 20:11
Hello Peter, think we were all a bit naughty at school but thought we were being very clever at the time. No doubt, the teachers, as well as our parents, did the same things themselves. Would love to hear more about your song writing and who had the hit with your work. Do you still compose?
Posted by Paul at 29/03/2014 21:30
Hi Sheila
Thanks for your reply.From what you said I would be unable to make a sensible guess as to the criteria which determined the school children went to.I don't recall their being parental choice. I also remember next door to the school on Centenary Road was the dairy/milk distribution depot and the bottles had a lip over 1" wide with colourful carboard tops which were used in the playground to flick the nearest to the wall (later it was cigarette packets). Another game was to knock marbles out of a circle but some children who had a family member working on the railway would use a large ballbearing or "bolly" which effectively destroyed many a marble collection.
Used to run around with loads of penny bangers and jumping crackers in my pockets on bonfire night. on the bomb site in Boothferry Road between Jackson Street and Weatherill Street. A good reason for the HSE.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 29/03/2014 23:19
The scars are still there on Boothferry Road school where a plane crashed during the war!
Posted by Paul at 29/03/2014 23:51
A Hampden bomber I believe.
Posted by Elsie... at 30/03/2014 05:36
Sheila. So sorry to hear about Pip Baker. Remember him well from the old days. He was a big friend of Colin Sprake and a lovely fellow......when was this, may I ask?

Yes, I remember Ingy and Rob Balcam. Rob was an outstanding sportsman it needs to be said. We used to rub elbows deskwise and ducked for cover under the desk lid when we got the giggles. We all got the giggles, let's face it!
Posted by Sheila at 30/03/2014 22:45
Hi Elsie, I think Philip died about 10 years ago in Australia. (Not sure when he emigrated though.) Time goes by so quickly, that I lose track. I understand he had a brain tumour. So very sad. As you say, he was a good person with a lovely family. Remember too that Rob Balcam was very sport orientated and played Rugby for the school. Think we all used the desk lids for the same purpose. Feel sorry for the school kids of today. The new style desks have no character. How about the ink wells at Alex and the dip & scratch pens?
Posted by Sheila at 30/03/2014 22:58
Hi Paul, Remember the dairy on Centenary Road and the little bottles of tepid milk we had to consume. Much better when it was cold or at least, not left next to a radiator. Yuk!!! My granny used to live at 9 Jackson St before being bombed out. Although the bomb fell on No: 5, the other houses had to be demolished. So in effect, you played in my granny's front room. Ha! Ha! We often played marbles (but banned the bollies) and also played a similar game with beer bottle tops.
Posted by Elsie at 30/03/2014 23:32
Sheila. Again, sorry about Pip.

I remember the inkwells in the desks, even at GGS. Us lads would nip up the pen nibs in a woodwork vice and poke them down milk straws. Lethal darts they were. I asked a question years ago on these pages and nobody answered. What happened to the Head's chair from the stage? The one with mouse carved on the wooden leg....a craftsman's signature...

Intrigued by the Nashville songwriter too...consarn it!

I live in the Midlands now and for over 30 years but have just packed a case. Off to Scarborough tomorrow for a few days. Miss the Yorkshire accent! I will take the i-pad but not sure about wifi. May be offline for a while . Thanks for the memories....
Posted by Baz oldridge at 30/03/2014 23:48
Hello sheila & Elsie st.hill, had to reply went on stage with Gareth in our military uniforms on our first leave so if you didn't leave until the 5th form you would have still been there. I was in the D strain with my best mate JF.
Posted by Paul at 30/03/2014 23:57
Hi Sheila
I lived at 17 Jackson Street before moving to Clifton Gardens. From google earth I see the last house is 11 Jackson Street.On the bombed site adjacent was built a painters and decorators/retail/trade warehouse (now Jackson St Motors ?) owned by the Settle family who lived at no 26 (?) , a detached house with a large side and rear garden. From google the side garden is now a terrace of 3 houses. I was at school with their son John.
We did meet in your granny's front room but spent more time on the main bombed site.The misformed bushes were ideal aeroplane cockpits with rudders etc.!!!
Posted by Elsie... at 31/03/2014 00:14
Hey Baz. Queen's Ave rules old friend. Incognito you understand...Gaz, Sticky, John Ford...bless 'em.

You did the Falklands didn't you mate?
Posted by sheila at 31/03/2014 20:22
Well hello Barry Oldridge. Good to hear from an old classmate from Alex & GGS. Remember that you were the first to have a 'Beatle' suit in Mr Craven's class, or at least to come to school in it. Think I can recall your visit to school in Army uniform but to be honest, that is a very hazy memory as I also saw you in town in it.
The rest of the class were still at school when we heard of Fordy's death. So tragic. You do not expect to lose one of your peer group at that age and then only 8 years later, we heard about Sticky. Both too young to die.
Anyway, would love to hear more of your memories. I recall the time in the French lesson when you asked Miss Clarke (Carol) if you could be excused and then stopped at the door and asked her for a match. And.... she gave you one. Reckon that was when she lost any control.
Posted by sheila at 31/03/2014 20:35
Enjoy your trip Elsie.

Hi Paul, after being bombed out my granny moved to no: 29, opposite the Settles. Pat was a teacher at Pasture Road and her sister married the chap from Carlton Towers nurseries (can't remember his name now). The Settles initially lived at no:5 but took a direct hit with the bomb.
Posted by Baz oldridge at 31/03/2014 21:05
Hi Elsie & Sheila, nice to hear from you both, yes I went to the falklands, Kuwait I volunteered for. Remember Sheila when dave saynor twanged ma Clarke with elastic, mr chapel went mad with andy grey, he copped for it. Can't believe 3 friends went like that. Anybody heard owt about Roy houghton.
Posted by Paul at 31/03/2014 22:07
Hi Sheila
Interesting that your granny moved to no.29 as that is almost opposite the narrow alleyway at the side of the Settles house.John Settle,my cousin from no.47 and myself played cricket in the alley trying to get "sixes" against the front walls across the road.The target area was larger then as I see no.31 now has wide horizontal windows on both floors.Seem to remember a family called Harlington at 31 or 32.
Posted by paul at 31/03/2014 22:17
correction 31 or 33.
Posted by Sheila at 01/04/2014 22:50
Hi Paul
I remember the little alley you mentioned. Can imagine my granny being none too pleased at you kicking a ball against her wall. However, as she lived mostly in the back room, she may not have noticed. I take it that you all had a good aim and did not break any windows.
Do not know who lived at 33 but the Knox family lived at 31.
Posted by Sheila at 01/04/2014 23:00
Hi Baz
I remember the outcome of that incident with Miss Clarke but could not recall that it was because of Dave Saynor. I know she left the classroom in tears and came back with Mr Chappell. Poor Andy, as form monitor (and the smallest in the class), received a full verbal onslaught whilst being held aloft by the collar.
Have no idea what became of Roy Houghton as I left Goole in 1968 and apart from family visits, have never returned.
Posted by Sheila at 01/04/2014 23:03
Sorry Paul, meant hitting balls not kicking them. Mind you, if you used proper cricket balls they were far more lethal. Encountered many cricket ball injuries when I worked in A&E. Nasty ones too!
Posted by Paul at 02/04/2014 13:06
Hi Sheila
We played with tennis balls only.Not sure when your granny moved into no.29. But the last "test" match would have been about 1954/55.
Posted by Sheila at 02/04/2014 18:42
Hi Paul
Pleased you had the sense to use tennis balls. More bounce as well, I suppose, so they would come back to you. Ha! Ha!
Granny moved into 29 during the war after being bombed and remained there until she died in 1962. She was the younger sister of the artist Reuben Chappell. He used to have his studio at the bottom of Jackson St until he moved to Parr, in Cornwall, just before the outbreak of war.
Posted by paul at 02/04/2014 20:45
Hi Sheila
Lived in Jackson street from 1944 to 1950/1 or so, then moved to Clifton Gardens until 1955 then moved to Hull. Must have come across your granny at some stage. Perhaps she was fielding at long on? Never hit the ball over the roofs. Had relations at 47,49 (granny Pettican)and approx.105 or so.
By coincidence I have a painting by Reuben Chappell of the SS Matje which my grandfather who lived in Bournville was the captain of.
With Jackson Street and Reuben Chappell the connections go on.
Posted by Sheila at 02/04/2014 20:58
Hi Paul
Pleased you have a Chappell painting. Although he also did some photography, he made his living by sketching ships as they sailed into the docks and would have the painting ready by the time the ship left. We have a watercolour of a Cornish coastline but sadly, none of his oils.
Where did you live in Hull? We had relatives in Willoughby and Anlaby.
Posted by Paul at 02/04/2014 22:52
Hi sheila
Forgot to ask where was Reuben's studio at the "bottom" end of Jackson Street? I believe he left Goole in 1904 so can't ascertain where it might have been. I assume bottom end might be the Boothferry Road end? My earliest recollections are no. 11 then open space, then Settles built a warehouse(?), "ten" foot through to Weatherill Street, then a buildimg flanking Jackson Street and fronting Boothferry Road which was a doctors or dentist.The rest of the Boothferry Road frontage to Weatherill Street was the bomb site or play area in my time.
I lived in Hall Road (north Hull) then moved to Beverley Road, Anlaby.
Anlaby,connection 3.
Posted by Sheila at 02/04/2014 23:43
Hi Paul
Reuben had his studio at No: 1, I think. Definitely, that end of the street anyway. Probably where the wallpaper shop was. I can only go on information given to me by my mum. As you say, he left Goole in 1904 and died in 1940. Remember visiting his son Cecil in Parr in the early 60's though.
How strange that you now live on Beverley Road. My cousin David Addy lives at 272. His father was my granny's cousin and so a nephew of Reuben.
What a small world we live in....
Posted by Paul at 03/04/2014 10:52
Hi Sheila
May have misled you in that I lived at 293 until 1963 then left to study in London and Nottingham but reurned to visit my parents until my father died in 1997.I now live near Chelmsford via London(Seven Kings,Hornsey,Muswell Hill and sarf Totten arm),Derby and Burton on Trent.
For nostalgic reasons I go regularly along Beverley Road so pass your cousin's house and my old home on the way to watch Hull City as I am a season ticket holder. An 8 hour return journey on a Saturday!
You mentioned A&E. Would that be St.Johns? The only medical facility I attended was for stitches above my eye which was down Bartholomew Ave near the Cenataph. Living at Clifton Gardens at the time it was a two minute walk.
Posted by Sheila at 03/04/2014 22:12
Hi Paul
Yes, definitely crossed wires, I think. Still, if you were in Anlaby at that time, thought you may have known my other cousin, Martin as you must be about the same age. He studied dentistry, but not sure where. Good to hear that you are being loyal to your football team though. Have you ever thought of staying over instead of doing a lengthy round trip? Or better still, take the train. Hull trains do a regular service from London. Quite reasonable as well if you book early enough and use a senior railcard. Our youngest son lives in London, so we always take the train.
I nursed in Harrogate, Pontefract, Leeds & latterly, Dewsbury but never in Goole. St John's is now Tesco and Bartholomew is a health clinic, I believe. A new hospital was built on Westfield Ave but the main hospital for the area is Scunthorpe.
Posted by Sheila at 03/04/2014 22:24
Hi Elsie & Elaine. Some Information for you. I have been in touch with the school and discovered that the Head's 'mouseman' chair is no longer there. Evidently, it was given to a former teacher on his retirement. They did not say who that was though. Maybe someone else out there knows....

Was talking to one of my nieces a couple of days ago and relating some of my school memories. I always thought the teachers looked impressive with their flowing gowns and their University colours and mortar boards at Assembly. Don't think pupils see that these days.

Hope you enjoyed your break Elsie and enjoyed some decent fish and chips!!
Posted by Baz at 04/04/2014 11:44
Hi Sheila and Elsie
I can't believe we are still talking after all these years! Like you Sheila I joined the army at 15 and although I never left Goole a lot of my acquaintance's have long left the memory although I still recall faces when I see them, the names are no longer there. I noticed that Graham Cowling posted a few things, if you read this Gres do you know anything of Roy Houghton? Now Elsie it's a lifetime since Queens Ave and all the best memories of mine seem to stem from that era. Fordy and Sticky use to stay at my house kipping in chairs or talking and playing music, aah the good old days!!! When are you going to let everyone know who you are, I knew as soon as I saw your post and find it difficult to not put your name. If anyone has any pics of groups from Alex or GGS I would be over the moon if you mail them to me.
Posted by Paul at 04/04/2014 17:07
Posted by Sheila at 04/04/2014 21:53
Hi Baz
If it was not for this website, don't suppose our paths would have crossed again. We all have fond memories of our childhood. Suppose that is because we didn't have any responsibilities in our youth and we could also burn the candle at both ends. Wish I still had the same energy levels today!! Priorities change once into adulthood though, don't they?

I have some class photos somewhere from Alex and GGS. Did you see the Alex 4A class photo in the Goole Times last spring? It was in the "In the Past" section. How horrible is that? Surely, we are not THAT old ..... Do you think they made a mistake?

Used to see Graham quite often but have not seen him for a few years now. Saw his earlier comments but it seems as though he no longer accesses this site. Suppose he may try again later.
Posted by Sheila at 04/04/2014 22:12
Hi Paul
Know of quite a few people who went to the RC school. Heard it was also a very good school.
Accept your costings for your travel to Hull but it certainly is a long drive for you. I certainly wouldn't fancy it. Can understand your allegiance to Hull FC as opposed to Goole Town. Not really in the same league, are they? Ha! Ha!

Sorry to have to report that the Cosy Carlton is no more. I went to the cemetery a few weeks ago and noticed that it had now been demolished. It has not been a cinema for many years but it still held a lot of memories for many people. The Cinema was the 1st to go and became Fine Fare supermarket. The Tower Theatre eventually became a bingo hall and I believe is now also demolished. (Tend not to go down Carlisle St now so it may just be something else). Cinema viewers now go to Castleford or Hull. However, Boothferry Rd school is now some form of Community Centre and holds a variety of events.
Posted by Paul at 05/04/2014 00:48
Hi Sheila
Sorry about mispelling your name in my last post.
Was trying to recall names of pupils from Old/Goole and can only remember Storr, Woodfine and Mayne.
Wash your mouth out with carbolic soap as Hull FC is a rugby club along with Hull KR.(need a smiley face webmaster). Whilst some support both codes many are antagonistic to the other. When living in Hull and Anlaby I did follow Hull FC but as many friends at Marist were Hull KR supporters I went with them to away matches and didn't have a problem supporting them.
Didn't realise the Cosy C. had been demolished perhaps Google earth will catch up. Remember going to the newsagent/sweet shop opposite to buy ice cream wafers. 6 for 1p and with a bag of 36 crunching threw Tom Mix,Roy Rogers etc. and the Three Stooges. Difficult to understand how a town of 19000 plus and the surrounding area can't sustain a cinema when it had 3.Never got to sit in the double seats for nefarious purposes!!
Pleased the old Boothferry Road School is still in a useful community use. I recall a church hall(?) between Parliament Street and Carter Street,, an imposing building, but now demolished, which held community activities like the Sunshine Club "for happy girls and boys."
As a retired town planner I look at what happened at the corner of Aire Street and North Street. Is it Aldi? A dreadful facade particularly to Aire Strret in my opinion.
Don't think Goole has been served well by redevelopment by people in my former profession,again in my opinion.
Posted by Sheila at 05/04/2014 21:34
Hi Paul
You will have guessed that I am not a follower of football so do not know one team from another. Ha! Ha! Still, I did think that FC stood for Football Club. Are they just Hull City then?

I used the little sweet shop also before the matinee at the CC but used to buy Fruit gums. Remember going there to buy my granny some invalid toffee (her weekly treat). For years I thought it was only for invalids!! I was only young at the time. She died when I was 10. Did love it when she gave me some though.

It is a Lidl store at the corner of Aire & North St. I agree, not the most beautiful of buildings. The new swimming pool is behind it. The public baths on Pasture Rd is now no more. As is Alexandra St school. That was pulled down to make way for shop units. Boothferry Rd is now pedestrianized between the railway crossing and the Clock tower. To drive through town now you must either turn left into Wesley Sq (that was the wasteland next to the station) or turn right into Mariner St and left onto Stanhope St to reach the clock tower roundabout. But no public loos underneath any more. The bank opposite is now a Wetherspoons..... Pity you were not involved in the Goole town planning.
We have just returned from China and the temples there are something else. All are hand-carved with proper joints and no screws or nails. Only problem is, they are surrounded by high rise buildings of 80+ floors. Tends to spoil the effect somewhat.
Posted by Paul at 05/04/2014 23:21
Hi Sheila
The full official name is Hull City Association Football Club (Hull City AFC for short) but is often referred to as Hull City in the media.The owners are currently trying to change the name to Hull Tigers as he feels having Tigers in the name will bring overseas investment from the far east ("tigers" is our nickname) and he thinks "City" is common.He's certainly divided the fans over this.

A few years ago I had to go to a funeral at the Parish Church on Church Street and was confronted by the pedestrianisation but fortunately had time in hand to consult passersby.Think I arrived there via the Mariner St.and Stanhope St and parking on Aire Street saw the glory which is Aldi.
Hope you enjoyed China. Whilst I can appreciate the workmanship and particularly the colours of wooden temples I can more readily understand traditional European style of religious architecture despite seeing many temples in Thailand and Laos. Laos did however have Buddha Park, near the capital Ventiane,overlooking the river Mekong, which has 200 statues of Buddha albeit in reinforced concrete. Visited it twice although on the first occasion my daughter and I were descended upon by young men who wanted to practice their englsh, have homework checked etc.On the second visit we were approached by a single young man who in exchange for speaking english explained each of the statues, A real result. After Laos visited Cambodia. Up before dawn, on to the backs of motor bikes and sunrise at Angkor Wat. Was amazed at the number of temples in very close proximity.At one we were warned to stay on the footpath as the adjacent area had landmines. It was tarmac for me after that!!
Low rise buildings surrounded by high rise reminds me of China Town in Singapore (this was many years ago),
Did you get involved in the Whitsun parades on the drays.We started at St Pauls( another building that has gone).I read some time ago the church on Boothferry Road and corner of Clifton Gardens was under threat due to cost of maintenance.If it goes I doubt it will be replaced by something as imposing.
Posted by Sheila at 06/04/2014 21:08
Hi Paul
thanks for putting me right about your football club. I did know they were referred to as 'Tigers' as they wear the same colours as GGS and Castleford Tigers RLFC come to that.
We saw an 8.2 metre Buddha made of solid silver in Shanghai. Wow! Love to see all places of worship and the differing styles of architecture. Especially the unfinished cathedral in Barcelona. Such skill and workmanship without the aid of modern machinery. These buildings have certainly stood the test of time.

Yes, I always participated in the Whitsuntide walks. I also went to St Paul's Sunday School and went for Confirmation classes at the vicarage on Clifton Gardens. One of my Sunday school teachers was Annabel Ramsey. She was the daughter of Dr Ramsey, the music teacher at GGS. We always had our new summer outfit for the Whit walk . Remember that it was a great family occasion and the route to the Riverside Gardens was lined with many people. Always had an ice cream after the parade too.
This was a time when everything was closed on Sundays. It was considered bad form to cut the grass or do the washing on this day. I always wore my Sunday best with white socks, white undies and a ribbon in my hair. The rest of the week it was beige socks and no ribbon. Would also go out for a walk in the summer or visit relatives. Not the done thing to play out, you know.... Oh! How times have changed.
Posted by Paul at 06/04/2014 22:27
Hi Sheila
A Buddha ,8.2m of solid silver, must have been an amazing sight and worth a few "tanners". In terms of size beats the solid gold "golden Buddha" which I saw in Bangkok. as its only just over 3 m.
Remember the Sunday school in the prefab. next to the church. Sundays were quite busy as I was in the choir desplte being tone deaf but was probably there to make up the numbers. So had two services and Sunday school but managed to fit in a walk to the bridge,Airmyn or more likely the docks to look at "Tom Puddings".
Don't recall Sundays preventing us playing football in the road opposite the church between Weatherill and Jackson Streets. Nor keeping the cheer down when the gas lamplighter turned up to ensure a floodlight game
As I didn't go to either secondary school in Goole the names of teachers are unfamiliar to me except Mr (Dr?) Latimer. When aged about 9 I sneeked onto GGS playing fields in wellington boots and was trying to kick a rugby ball over the cross-bar.I recall being admonished severely by him but said I wanted to attend the school,my mother had been taught there and was a teacher at the SMS.Anyway he let me continue BUT not to come back!!! Which I didn't.Would have appreciated going there but Hull was in the signs.
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 07/04/2014 18:25
Who else remembers/participated in the Whit walks? Do they still take place? I have not seen them in any of the places I have lived over the years. Suppose with so many churches closing, it is highly unlikely.

Just had a thought Paul, how did you manage to attend St Paul's and then the Catholic school?
Posted by Bill at 07/04/2014 19:39
Sheila, yes I was in the Whit Walks as a participant on one of the 'tableau' from the Parish Church Sunday School. These were mounted on the back of flat bed trucks. I have photos. In one I am a four year old with my legs hanging over the side next to the wheel - no considerations of Health and Safety then. On the same subject, I always remember the precipitous drop of about 10 feet from part of the river embankment walk down onto Hook Road. It is amazing that small kids never fell off. I'm sure it will be fenced now. And yes we were always dressed very smartly for the occasion, our mum having taken us to Foster and Tetly's for our new 'rig outs'. Although these 'walks' were supposedly religious in purpose, their main importance -as I remember - was as an amazing manifestation of community spirit and civic pride. Pretty rare commodities these days.
Posted by Robert Ward at 07/04/2014 20:44
The Entertainment link on the sidebar leads to videos of Goole Whit walks.
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 07/04/2014 21:28
Hi Bill
Remember riding on the flatbed lorries when very small and then walking the route as I got older. So grown up at 7+ !!!
As you say, no-one ever fell off. Some children had chairs on the lorry but others like you, sat on the edge with their legs dangling over the side. Think it may well have been civic pride, as it seems that the whole town turned out. Most children went to Sunday school in those days though so, the spectators would have been family.

Have seen the cine film Robert and thought I saw myself on it but not sure as it was only a fleeting moment.

Hook Gala and Fancy dress parades were also well attended.
Posted by Paul at 07/04/2014 21:34
Hi Sheila
Whist Marist College was an RC grammar school it had to provide a small no.of places to others (C of E in my case) and I was a short bike ride away.I don't recall any of those from outside the local area were not RC. Certainly those from Old/Goole were. In the lower forms it was quite different with 9/10 week summer holidays and week long retreats where the non RCs did very little.This changed later on to more traditional lengths of holiday and organised lessons during the retreats. What a blow!!
Posted by Sheila at 07/04/2014 21:53
Sounds a wonderful school Paul. All those holidays, great!!
It seems that you enjoyed the best times.
Posted by Norman Roberts at 09/04/2014 19:23
Fond memory's of the whitsuntide parade. I worked for L.E.P. Transport depo in 5th avenue, I and other drivers volunteered to prepair a lorry for the Monday parade. We started prepairing them Saturday morning washing and painting the unit and trailer, back Sunday morning to touch up the paint work and hope that the paint had dried. Monday morning over to drop of the trailor to be got ready for the paraid slow ride back to town so I did not drop any off the kids the trailor nice run round Goole back to .Old Goole church for a tuck in. Nice memories they last longer then dreams. Regard Norman
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 09/04/2014 21:18
Hello Norman
What a wonderful story and good to hear what went on behind the scenes. Suppose that as children we did not appreciate the amount of work and time that went into the parades. You and your friends did a marvellous job and to your credit, never lost one child. Thank you.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 09/04/2014 22:44
I left Goole in 1961 aged 15, when my Mum remarried, and we moved away from the area. I remember the parade being the biggest day of the year apart from Christmas.
Posted by Bill at 10/04/2014 13:05
Norman, I'd just like to second Sheila's words of appreciation and thank you, and your colleagues, for the wonderful voluntary work you did on behalf of the children of Goole. There is no doubt that those Whit walks enriched our lives and left us ex pats with the fondest memories of Goole as it was then.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 11/04/2014 11:07
I worked at LEP with Norman I always went to the church on the corner of Humber St. All Saints or St. Mary`s can`t remember its name, they always had two artics for the kids to ride on and a ridgid for the Tableau. Most of the lorries used were LEP or Hudson Wards and there was a friendly rivalry between us as to who had the best looking lorries. After the procession we all went back to the church for the tea party,my wife and baby always rode in the cab with me
Posted by Norman Roberts Goole at 11/04/2014 12:13
Re. Jeremy I would like to ask you if your Farther is jerry nutbrown,who lived near the police Stn at Howden. Jerry was a friend from past,along with Steve Thomas The late Terry Carter who's mother and farther was a fabulous couple,also Leo Leatham from the round house Knedlington Rd,
Not forgetting Geoffe Dennis from Hull Rd.Hope you manage to read this and if you are Jerry's son please pass on my regards to your Farther and hope to here from you soon

Regards. Norman. Roberts. P/s better late then never
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 11/04/2014 20:39
Hi Bill,
with reference to one of your earlier postings, I have been wondering, are you Bill Gelder, by any chance? Or would you rather remain anonymous?
Posted by Norman Roberts at 11/04/2014 23:05
Tony thanks for coming in on this one,it was nice going back in
Time, we new what went on in the back ground it's nice to enlighten others on what we got up to.
Can you remember when we had been accident free for a year driving our lorry,we got a diploma and a 1 pouned note we had
To go up the stairs in Belgravia to meet Mr Studer for a hand shake
And receive our reward, This was early 1960's a pound was a lot of-money I have still got my diploma's thanks again TC.

Regards NR
Posted by Bill at 12/04/2014 10:48
Sheila, my surname is Stewart not Gelder. But I have a vague recollection of a Hazel Gelder from my early school days. Bill
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 12/04/2014 20:50
Hi Bill
Got that one wrong then. Ha! Ha! Good to talk to you though. Bill Gelder was in my form and we also had Kevin in the B stream, I think. The only Hazel I knew was Hazel Hinks.
Posted by Fiona at 17/04/2014 09:42
I heard that the church on the corner of Clifton Gardens was to be demolished as well. It may well have gone already. My friend in Goole said that they wanted to sell the land as they will get a lot for it and the congregation, which has dwindled, will amalgamate with Trinity Methodist. Goole has gone through a lot of changes in the last thirty years and experienced some very bad planning decisions and a lack of imagination.
I remember the Whit Walks, I think they stopped in the 1970s when Whitsuntide ceased to be a holiday. My Dad, who was born in 1924, told me that as a child he and his brother were on a dray when the horse was stung by a hornet and bolted! I don't think anyone was hurt but he said Mothers screamed with fear for their children.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 17/04/2014 11:32
Never got to Belgravia Norman, I kept Bumps and Scatches employed. To go back to the Whit Procession I remember doing the Tableau with one of the new Tader 75s the first ones with air brakes, daren`t put my foot near the brake pedal.
Posted by Norman Roberts at 17/04/2014 20:03
Tony the Thames Trader 75 had a warning at back of the flatbed reading caution air brakes,if you hit your brakes at 15 M P H you would shoot backwards and hope there was nothing close behind you, I don't think any driver lost anyone off there vehicles on any of the parades, we are talking about what took place in 1965 it would not be aloud to take place today.

Regards N R
Posted by Rod Lumley at 23/04/2014 17:54
Nice to read the banter between you two. Shame you did not get to our 2000 & 2005 reunions as I really would have loved to meet up with you and reminisce over our times in 4B & 5B.
I think we were the 3 rebels at that time.
Anyhow, if you had been at the reunions, you would have met up with the lovely Pam Gash (as was). I was also one of her admirers. For the right price, I might let you know of her last known whereabouts!!
Posted by Anon at 26/04/2014 11:41
Looking back in time I can remember our neighbour who worked for a local coal merchant as a drayman, on the whit week parade all the horse brasses were polished and plumes on the Horses head made to look nice,seeing the Shire Horse out side our front door looking a proper picture, It's a shame there was not as many cameras about in them days just think what photos we would have if camera phones ad been around then,the kids dressed up in there Sunday best the dray looking a picture the driver steadying the Horse P/S the drivers name was Charlie Macdermot hope I spelt his name correct, please make sure any old photos around Goole never get dispose of and kept for the future.
Fond memories Anon
Posted by Sheila (Hodgson) at 28/04/2014 21:45
How true Anon. But photos need an explanation on the back otherwise, they are just 'strangers in a box' and mean nothing to the family once we are gone.
Cannot say as I recall the horses in the Whit parades but do remember the dray horses in the Hook Gala parade. Suppose that if we were all in our Sunday Best, then the horses should be too. Sadly, it is a sight seldom seen by the younger generation today. But wearing your Sunday Best is a thing of the past now too.
Posted by Karen Neville ( nee White) at 03/05/2014 02:53
Remember G.G.S well. I was in Tudor and our first year was with Miss Scurrah in room 7. My class mates were Lesley Bristow, Karen Garner, Elaine Linklater, Diane Betts, Margaret Hall, Karen Button, David Holborough, Danny Hennessy., John Hewitt and the late Gary Wakes to name a few.Our next year was in room 8 with Mr. Ferryman (Festus). Very happy days for me. Some brilliant times and lovely friends. Does anyone remember Miss Mead, the music teacher? And Pansy Potter, P.E teacher with Miss Ounsley? Also was there a Miss Esherwood ?(think a drama teacher or was she the Domestic Science teacher in the F. E Block?). I remember Bongo - bless him. And Mr. King who taught us history. Loved every minute attending that school.
Posted by brian thompson at 24/05/2014 17:17
i attended Goole modern in the early fiftys an remember the teachers and there various tools of punishment Mr Rouse Would ask you to put coal on is fire then three stokes of is cane on the backside Mr Baker art teacher used a plimsol la la moody r/e the cane Charlie Greenside the black board rubber rubber on your Knuckles but the worst one was Mr Stokes who took over from Mr George Windle in p/ e used a cricket bat birdy Fell mathsI don't think I had any punishment from him apart from throw my book out of the window the other birdy Fell science teacher used a plimsol Rr Revely wood work once lock me in the store for three hours and forgot i was there pop Northey was a cane man
Posted by Dennis Roe at 24/05/2014 23:39
I remember old Pop Northey, he cried like a baby on the stage when we all assembled in the hall to say farewell on his retirement day.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 26/05/2014 10:26
Hello Brian I believe that we may have friends in common who live in Airmyn if I have the right Brian we met there once.Were coming up next week so we may visit again we'll contact them first
In your posting you seem to remember name of all who inflicted pain.but do you remember the teachers who did not need to go to those lengths .mr. Rouse was a bully and was a poor replacement for Mr. Firth ,the gentle giant
Posted by Dennis Roe at 26/05/2014 23:02
If I remember rightly, Mr Rouse's nick-name was 'Plum'?
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 04/06/2014 22:36
To Rod Lumley
Glad to hear that you are keeping well and still following the site, I do remember Pam Gash
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 10/06/2014 22:08
Hello Rod Lumley, and welcome to the Pamela Gash fan club. I recall daring to ask her for a date only to be spurned. Pamela suggested that I could ask Margaret Roffey, the form's chief giggler, but I did not dare face another rejection.
Posted by Bryan Ramsey at 10/06/2014 22:11
The names Mavis Vines and Shelia Woodcock cause me to reflect that we had some grand lasses in our form. Does anyone know what happened to ginger George Robinson, a Hessle boy?
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 13/06/2014 22:43
Don't know about George, but I seem to remember Margaret Webster, Janet Ackroyd, Gillian Dickenson, Judith Ramsay, Iris Steggall, Jean ("Charlie") Hailstone, Yvonne Parsisson (sp?) ... memory's getting creaky.
Posted by CA at 16/06/2014 00:33
There are many School Photos 1964 on the Goole Museum Site marked as unknown > I was able to identify Mrs Mcallinden not sure of spelling > I was taught by her twice 1959-1960 she was my last teacher before I left school.
Posted by Beverley mears at 28/06/2014 21:01
I was at goole for a few years doing a level about 1976..... I would LOVE to know if Martin Hinkley and Jo Glover are around, from the music department.......
Posted by Elsie at 08/07/2014 04:12
Hello, Sheila, Elaine and Baz. Goole Grammar. 1960's. The conversation wilted a while ago but I'm still here....if you want to relate. Barry, I remember one of your older brothers having the latest Roy Orbison records on whenever I called round at yours. I am still a fan of his music, believe me....we all have our bus passes now don't we ? But hey, what a grand time we had, my wishes.
Posted by Adrian Lee at 16/07/2014 11:35
Just re-located this site after a number of years.Glad to see so many posts from names I recall from the 60's/70's.Still visit Goole regularly as my eldest son is living in what used to be my home in Hook although I am still living in Richmond,N.Yorks with my wife Sue and youngest son.Our daughter Zoe is rowing for GB but lives in London.Love to hear from anyone who remembers me.I am still in contact with a number of past pupils and attended the Goole Old Boys Christmas do with Rob Balcam in 2012.
Posted by Elsie ( pseud ) at 17/07/2014 04:01
Adey Lee. Blonde-haired lad. I remember you as a bit of an athlete. Sprinter, I think. Did you have a bit of a joust with Dave ( Whiffer ) Wraith in the 220 yards ( as it was in those days ). I remember, a fellow a few years older than us ( Martin Scutt ), who was so talented, that he won the Mile easily on Sports Day and ran with his arms fixed to his side to give the lads behind half a chance his arms didn't swing, to help his rhythm. Rhythm, now there's a dodgy word to spell, where's Ma Cog for English ?
Posted by Adrian Lee at 17/07/2014 22:48
Yes you are right.I ended up playing rugby with Martyn Scutt at St Johns York after I left the GGS.Dave Barker also went to St Johns at the same time as me.
Posted by Dobby (Mike Dobson) at 21/07/2014 13:30
I often browse through 'Goole on the Web' to catch up with at least some of those who have passed through GGS. I was interested to read that Adrain Lee is still in Richmond. Our paths have crossed a couple of times since GGS - St John's College and Richmond School.
Good to hear life goes on. I keep in touch with several Old Johnsmen and former GGS students.
I now live in Knaresborough and enjoy teaching watercolour painting to anyone who cares to come to my classes.
Posted by Adrian Lee at 25/07/2014 18:16
Hi Mike,
Nice to hear from you.Long time since you helped me to get my first teaching post at Easingwold prior to moving to Richmond.Yes,still in Richmond.Retired from full time teaching in 2012 and did a year part time.Now fully retired.Time spent following the children,especially our daughter Zoe,who is at the moment in the GB women's 8 in the rowing team.We are hoping to go to Amsterdam at the end of next month to see her compete in the World Championships.Best wishes.Adrian
Posted by Gary Masterman at 26/07/2014 14:04
To Elsie & Sheila, 30/3/14 - Hope I'm forgiven for renewing the conversation about Phil Baker but I could not let this opportunity pass without contributing. For the record he died on 26/4/07. We went to Australia together on 14/12/73, he to Sydney, me to Melbourne. We remained the best of friends though for many years and visited each other often. But Phil was best friend to many, he was that kind of guy.
Posted by Adrian Lee at 26/07/2014 16:35
In reply to Graham Cowling(a post back in 2013).I can confirm Mike Coldwell has passed away.His son Jim lives in the next street from me in Richmond.He is a teacher at the local comprehensive.
Posted by Robert Ward at 27/07/2014 21:58
Re Mike Coldwell - we used to try to mimic his accent, especially the way he said "Glossop", which is where he came from. He ended up at Millom school which I imagine he said in a similar way. I remember him using the globe which used to hang in Arnie's room to prove that if you went right round the world you gained or lost a day. He was great on physical geography too. One day he told off a certain lad for fidgeting. "But Sir, there's a draught right up my backside." "There'll be something else up your backside if you don't jack it in" he warned. After a pause came the response "Sir, my mother doesn't send me to school to do things like that." Even Mr. Coldwell couldn't keep a straight face.
Posted by Elsie at 28/07/2014 00:28
Sad to hear of the passing of Mr Coldwell. I always thought his name was Mr Caldwell. Just shows you. We nicknamed him Minnie, after the early Coronation St. character. I also remember his accent, in particular, the way he said Chesapeake Bay in a jogger lesson. Rest in peace Sir.
Posted by Sheila at 29/07/2014 01:02
Hello Gary
Good to hear your comments on Phil Baker. He really was an all round good person from a very caring family. Our parents were good friends so we saw each other socially, as well as at school.

As for 'Minnie' Coldwell, Elsie, I remember him, Bob Fletcher and Garth Jones joining the staff in our 2nd year (1964). Their youth Caused quite a stir amongst the girls, as I recall. The boys took a shine to Jacqueline Josephine Joyce Huddlestone, the former Head Girl of the school who returned to her roots. she had beautiful auburn hair. Especially remember Minnie's comb over and it falling down when he was annoyed. Also remember him playing in the staff vs pupils rugby match. His legs seemed to go on for ever.
Posted by Bill at 29/07/2014 10:25
What was the name of the young economics teacher who started the same time as 'minnie'. Was that Fletcher? He was an excellent teacher.
Posted by Elsie at 29/07/2014 15:17
Yes Bill, I did Economics with Mr Fletcher. I'm sure he also taught us History. History, it's just one thing after another....

Sheila, what did Garth teach ? Was it Engineering and Tech Drawing ?

Jackie Huddlestone. I suppose she did return to her roots. Didn't her family have a farm off Rawcliffe Rd, way behind West Park ?
Posted by Sheila at 29/07/2014 20:20
Mr Fletcher taught us history. I remember well doing current politics of the day with him and he said that there would be a problem with pensions by 2020 due to the baby boom of the 50's and 60's. Since then, there has been great progress within the health care arena that has also increased our life expectancy and compounded the situation. Fortunately, I took heed of the advice. Pity that successive governments chose to ignore it until now. Other facts and figures have long been forgotten though, unfortunately.....

Garth Jones taught English language, English Lit. and drama. We had Mr Ferriman for English & Lit. A wonderful man.
Posted by Sheila at 29/07/2014 20:22
The Huddlestone's did have a farm on Rawcliffe Rd, Elsie. Well remembered.
Posted by Elsie at 29/07/2014 21:15
I was way off on Garth's subjects then. LOL. At least I was in the same postcode re Jackie's farm ! That Tech drawing fella is puzzling me now though. I can see a smallish bloke with glasses, a Tweed checked jacket with elbow patches. Was it something like Mr Whitehead or Whiteley ? Somebody will jump in with his name I'm sure....
Posted by Sheila at 29/07/2014 23:48
Hi Elsie,
Now you have said it, I think his name was Whitehead. Your description of him is 'spot-on' though. LoL

Just recalled a story I heard about JJJ when she was at school. She got off the bus at her farm gate and took off her 'pork pie' hat. Unfortunately, Miss Holland, the Domestic Science mistress was on the bus and saw her do that 'unforgiveable' act. Not sure of the punishment but it would have been at least '2 sides'. Maybe even 4.
Posted by Sailor at 31/07/2014 16:30
I started GGS 1953 same time as JJJH, still speak now and then when we meet, she might be interested to know she is the topic of conversation amongst former pupils.
Posted by Elsie at 31/07/2014 19:14
That's you and me with a Sat'day morning detention then, Sheila.....
Posted by Sailor at 01/08/2014 14:39
Still had Sat dets in 64 then. Don`t remember incident with Miss Holland but will ask next time I see her
Posted by sheila at 01/08/2014 18:36
Hello Sailor (now that's an old line)
Sure Jackie will be pleased that she has been remembered. Will be interested to know if the tale I heard of her schooldays was correct.
Are you on the 6th form photo on this site as well? Can see Jackie standing at the front.
And yes, Saturday morning detentions were still given throughout the 60's.
So Elsie, our paths may cross again if we get one for this.....
Posted by Sailor at 02/08/2014 11:38
Can`t say when I will see her it`s only when our paths cross in town. I am not on photo didn`t stay on to the lofty heights of the sixth. The staff photo is when we started, remember all of them some not too kindly, we had a Minnie, Miss Mosely on the right.
Posted by Sailor at 03/08/2014 12:34
I`ve been studying the photo of the sixth form, I think it is the junior sixth as the ones I recognise are younger than me, they were 4th year when I was 5th, JJJ is probably on it because she was Head Girl.
Posted by Dobby (Mike Dobson) at 04/08/2014 16:14
Pleased to read that JJJH and Garth Jones have not been forgotten. Both were my contemporaries at GGS. I haven't seen JJJH for many decades but I do occasionally meet Garth at our reunions. He doesn't look any different! We played opposite each other in 'The Shoemakers Holiday', produced by Ralph Hidden. Joyce Hidden often attends our reunions.
Posted by Sheila at 10/08/2014 21:23
Good to hear that some former pupils continue to hold reunions. I really think that schooldays were the best years of our life without the responsibilities of adulthood. Hard to believe that now that it was so long ago.
I still remember my first day at GGS over 50 years ago. Having spent much of the school holidays helping to sew name tags into every piece of uniform, I ventured forth into this brave new world with my new uniform and 'pork pie' hat carrying a new satchel over my shoulder containing only a pencil case and an Oxford Concise Dictionary. I still have it as well. Still also have the Bible, school hymn book and geometry set we were given on that momentous day.

Remember that many of the boys in the 1st year were wearing their first pair of long trousers but some were still in short trousers. These days even the smallest of boys wear long trousers. How times change.....
Posted by Elsie at 10/08/2014 21:57
School outfitters, Gordon Clarke's opposite Tower Cinema on Carlisle St. Close to where the Paradise Club sprang up....
Posted by Sheila at 11/08/2014 21:08
Or the Co-op drapers on Boothferry Road...

What about the length of your trousers then? If I remember correctly, you wore long.

Was the Paradise Club a former wallpaper shop or was it a carpet shop? Remember going in there and trying to wear something that would 'glow' under the UV lights.
Posted by Elsie at 11/08/2014 22:01
Short pants at first then long later. We had to wear the cap until the end of the Third Year as well. I was going for the Jimmy Clitheroe look....
Posted by Robert Ward at 11/08/2014 22:33
This may be apocryphal, perhaps someone will know, but I remember it being said that under Mr Latimer's headship, those who stayed on an extra year in the 6th form to go for Oxbridge entrance, many of whom would reach the age of 20 during that year, still had to wear the school cap walking to and from school!
Posted by Mike Dobson (Dobby) at 12/08/2014 14:22
School caps were essential even in to the 6th form although many were discarded on walking through the school gates, unless staff were cycling passed.
Good to hear that Gordon Clarke's is still remembered. My mother managed the shop for several years although I still didn't get long trouser until the 2nd year! The shop (School Outfitter), was situated almost directly opposite the library and the Tower Cinema.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 12/08/2014 21:30
I can remember my time as one of Lenny's serfs as if it was just yesterday, and woe betide you if you didn't wear your school cap! Ewan Dennis who was in my year, tossed his cap into the Ouse from the bus one day crossing Boothferry Bridge. The cap was returned to him a few days later - name tag helped in the reunion.
Posted by Sheila at 12/08/2014 21:47
Remember that the 6th form boys looked a tad silly in their caps. Especially when most were over 6 ft tall. Mr Teed (the new Head) was responsible for changing the 6th form uniform to a grey suit and a different tie (plain navy with a gold Viking ship). The 6th form girls wore any coloured blouse or sweater with their suits. Some retained their original uniform but wore the new tie. The caps/hats were no longer part of their uniform.
Posted by Elsie at 13/08/2014 04:45
I did not like the Prefect system when I was a younger boy. It was licensed bullying, in my opinion.
Posted by Sheila at 13/08/2014 21:00
Some certainly enjoyed the power of the prefect status. Maybe it was worse for the boys.
Think it was all the gold braid that went to their heads.....
Posted by Elsie at 13/08/2014 21:58
I'm not saying they were all bad but I had a scary moment which I have never forgotten. I was a Milk Monitor in the first form and went to get the milk. There were two of them in the washroom and I was chucked like a rugby ball between the pair of them and slapped a few times. I remember the name of one of them but I won't name him here....all pock-marked and bad breath...

There was one pompous pr...efect who enjoyed dishing out essays and lines to excess. One of his favourite lines we had to copy was, " Where ignorance predominates, vulgarity invariably asserts itself ". Ring any bells ? Wonder where they are now......
Posted by Sheila at 13/08/2014 23:28
That WAS bullying. Think anyone would have been scared.
I would be tempted to name and shame.....
But what a thing to write, no wonder you remember it.
Maybe someone else will recognise him from your description.

On a lighter note, a friend of my sister was given 4 sides by one of the games mistresses but not told what to write. So, she wrote "I am bad". The teacher was not impressed but didn't do anything about it.
Posted by Sheila at 13/08/2014 23:40
Think I got the individuals mixed up there but sure you know what I mean.
Maybe they were bullied themselves or had a serious lack of self confidence. However, that does not justify bullying.
Posted by Elsie at 13/08/2014 23:49
I believe very strongly in Karma. What goes around comes around...
Posted by Sheila at 14/08/2014 21:51
I used to have the same philosophy but now feel that there are occasions when it is right to speak out. Let's hope that they did receive their come uppance from someone else.
It would be a shame if their children were bullied. The sins of the fathers and all that .....
Posted by Elsie at 14/08/2014 23:29
Ah, well it's a long time ago. Blimey, over fifty years since we first walked through the gates. We had better get back on topic or we will be getting the red card when webmaster gets back from his hols...still, memories are memories...

I remember the new science block when it was first built. The views were impressive with the river snaking off in the distance. Did I read somewhere that has gone now ? Test-tube Taylor for Chemistry. Dr Gray for Physics. Was Mr Bennett the Biology teacher ?

I haven't been called to Mr Teed's study yet over that Jackie business. I think we may have got away with it Sheila...
Posted by Sheila at 16/08/2014 00:03
Quite scary that it was so long ago when we first ventured through those school gates. Yet my memories remain vivid. My neighbour's child will be starting senior school in September and I have been telling her about my first day. She has already had several visits to the new school, thereby alleviating some of her anxieties. We had nothing. Talk about being thrown in at the deep end....
And yes, the science block has now been demolished. There appears to be many more new buildings now.
We had Dr Gray for Chemistry but not sure what Mr Bennett taught. I thought it was Physics but I could be wrong. Can't remember who taught us Biology in the first year but thereafter it was JJJH. I still have my school reports so will have to look and check. Unless of course someone else out there can provide that information.
Posted by Elsie at 16/08/2014 00:44
You're probably right about Dr Gray and Chemmy and now I think of it, I think we had dear old Hutch for Physics, complete with Albert and the Lion....if you were there you will know what I mean....I think old Bennett was my 3rd year form master too. Shows what an impression HE made. Can't remember what he taught ! LOL.

A bit off the wall this question for you Sheila. Was your doctor by any chance Dr Mukherji near the New Bridge pub ? We may have shared a joke ( you being a nurse ) in the waiting room one evening surgery Summer 73/74. I was limping out of his office after a very painful jab below the Equator....if not, then try and forget what I just said. LOL. I said try....

Going to the seaside tomorrow for a week. You can guess where. Weather not looking good though. As long as they serve Stella and Guinness....bye for now....
Posted by Bill at 16/08/2014 09:21
Mr Bennet did teach biology. He was a good man and a good teacher.
Posted by Elsie at 16/08/2014 10:10
Sorry Bill. I didn't mean to imply he wasn't a good man. I just wasn't sure what subject he taught.
Posted by Sheila at 16/08/2014 19:16
No Elsie, I never nursed in Goole unless you include my time with the National Blood Service ('95 to '99) when I came back to the town to stick needles into people for their donation. Do recall taking a donation from Dave Crabtree at a Snaith session. My career took me to Pontefract, where I met my hubby, then Harrogate, Leeds, NBS and latterly Dewsbury. Funnily enough, that is where Mr Bennett lives. Well, he did in 2001 when we had the class of '63 reunion.

We had dear old Hutch for Maths and yes, it did include Albert and the Lion.

Enjoy your break on the Yorkshire coast. Bracing or what ....
We have just had a break in Whitby with the grandchildren. Just love the fish and chips there.
Posted by Ian Kenning at 20/08/2014 14:31
Heyup you lot!

anyone at the Modern school in the sixties. Its not the 'Last of the summer wine yet you know'.
Right, lets get down to business. anyone remember:

Tag Taylor, Geoff Eastwood, Steve Marshall, Sue Littlefield, Sue Moss, Dean Murphy, Dave Thompson, but a few, They were in my class with Len Townend, (I wonder what became of Len), good photographer, Sheena ? Christine White, Keith Noon, Mick Brant, Then there was Jimmy Calvert (Hiya jimmy), Phillip Fletcher, Fern ?, Christine Roades, Lil Cross, My memories going now.
Come on you Modern School Lot, lets not let the G.G.S. take the full stage, although I had a good few friends there.
Keep the memories coming you lot.

Cheers, all the best, Ian
Posted by Dennis Roe at 20/08/2014 23:31
I was at Goole Secondary Modern till 1961
Posted by Ian Kenning at 22/08/2014 14:24
So you must remember some Kenning Joe.

Dave, Ken, Stewart, Alan???
Posted by Sue Pinkerton (nee Marshall) at 22/08/2014 15:58
Ian, Steve Marshall is my younger brother, he still lives in Goole, he worked at Scunthorpe steelworks for most of his working life and is now happily retired. Still happily married with two sons.
Posted by Jim Calvert at 22/08/2014 21:22
Hi Ian,

Your right mate we aren't quite Compo's age yet. Yeah I remember in your class Geoff Eastwood (loved his Football), Adrian Hird (Loved Football & cheese & onion crisps). Strange some of the things you remember. In my class David Cross (Loved horse racing). Also remember Malcolm Rocket from Old Goole (Good lad, same as yourself).
You did well and remembered more names than me.
Posted by Sheila at 22/08/2014 22:33
Hello Ian
Pleased you have achieved a response from your peer group.
Looking at some of your class mates rang a few bells. I remember Geoff Eastwood as he only lived around the corner in Westfield Ave. I was at Pasture Rd infants with his younger brother Howard or Clint as he was called in the 60's.
Posted by Sheila at 22/08/2014 22:33
Hello Ian
Pleased you have achieved a response from your peer group.
Looking at some of your class mates rang a few bells. I remember Geoff Eastwood as he only lived around the corner in Westfield Ave. I was at Pasture Rd infants with his younger brother Howard or Clint as he was called in the 60's.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 22/08/2014 23:09
Yes Ian, I remember Kenneth Kenning, we were in the same class at school, a keen footballer if I remember rightly.
Posted by karen neville (nee white) at 23/08/2014 00:11
Hi Adrian Lee,
Your name rings a bell. I went to Hook Primary school in the 1960's when it was opposite the Memorial Hall ( one of the walls we used for hand stands is still there). Mr Hewson was head teacher and Mrs Jenkinson and Miss Blanchard were the other two teachers. My class mates were Richard Fawbert, Peter Brooks, Helen Chiswell, Maureen Challenger and Karen Garner whose mum and dad ran the village Newsagents. Only three classes and 60 in the school. What a shock we got when we went to Grammar school with hundreds of pupils. A huge school hall and what seemed like hundreds of classrooms that were a complete maze when the bell went for the next lesson. I seem to remember you had blond hair and you were a bit older than me. I was born end of 1955?
Posted by Sailor at 28/08/2014 13:27
Peter Kirkpatrick, I went through GGS from 1st to 5th year same class as Euan Dennis he was my mate, are you sure you were in the same year your name does not ring a bell and I can remember mostnames of people in my year.
Posted by Sailor at 28/08/2014 13:35
Dobby, you probably had shorts to 2nd year because you were small, thats what made you a good hooker, you could swing on the props. Also wasn`t 58 the shock of Mike Dobson winning the mile
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 29/08/2014 16:08
Hello Sailor (some time since I've used that one!) -
I seemed to remember that Euan (sorry, I got his name wrong) was in the same year as me, but he could have been in the year above. Been a long time, and we've all passed a lot of water since then.
I was in the same year as Charlie May, Ian Telfer, Bruce Watson, Pete Harrand, Quent Bryars, and other such luminaries. (I think Gav was in the year above.)
Didn't really know Euan that well, but do recall the tale of the discarded school cap. Funny, that. Can't really remember a whole lot - I did weave through the Sixties, after all - but some little memories seem to hang in there.
Posted by Sailor at 31/08/2014 11:39
Peter Kirkpatrick,definately below us Quent and Gavin lived in next street to me, Gav is my age.
Posted by Ian Kenning at 01/09/2014 13:58
Heyup lads and lasses.

Sue, Jim, Sheila, Dennis. (Wheres the rest) Mick Brant, Sue Clark, Tim Perry, Ian Kelly, Phil Fletcher, Col Taylor, Dean Murphy, Pete Tomlinson, Christine Roads.

Glad to see your memories are still operational guys. GGS, was that the school opposite the real Mc choy??? (Joke you GGS lot).

Anyway, I know a lot more names but don't want to give your brains too much at once to confuse you, one thing I was noticed for was having a good memory. Pity it wasn't around when I was doing my exams.
Do you remember the tuck shop outside the Modern School gates (Newport street) had some good times outside chatting to the lasses. Shena Rose, Susan Whittaker, Sue Moss, Carol Cremin, Sue Clark. Aaaaahhhhh it takes me back. Very Happy Carefree Days. Come on you lot get your brains active and give us some more names to remember. Jimmy Calvert, remember when you and I were learning to drive in your dads vauxhall down Old Goole? and me staying over at your place and getting merry on Woodpeckers cider and Whiskey???
Posted by Jim Calvert at 01/09/2014 20:13
Hi Ian,
I think you are copying all the names off an old school photograph mate -ha ha.
I remember the tuck shop in Newport street though more so the one near Boothferry road school, as I spent most of my time in it. Some names I remember from there are Terence Sweeting, Michael Watson, John Price, Bernadette ? Sarah ?
I saw Pete Tomlinson about 15 years ago in the bookies when I was visiting Goole. He recognized me and we had a chat, but I had to ask him his name lol. He said it was me who got him betting, many moons ago.
On our cycle trip to Scarborough remember chatting to some lasses in Peasholm Glen. It took us twice as long to cycle back to Goole (against the wind)
My Dad's Vauxhall Victor 101 Deluxe, a lovely car with good acceleration. Yeah I remember us learning to drive in old Goole and the many drinks afterwards (another hangover).
I think we went in it to see the New Seekers at York.
When we were old enough to drive remember all the country pubs we visited. Great time and your right carefree days.
Posted by Hiya Jim. at 02/09/2014 16:18
I wish I had some old school photos. Yes I remember the bike ride, and the girls in Peasholme. we saw the New Seekers at Scarborough, and I think Adrian Hird came with us that weekend. I remember you betting, and liking the horses even when we were at school. I bet you can't remember when you asked me to pick out three horses when we were at your uncle Erics, and all three won. I think one was called Welsh Rabbit. the thing is we didn't put any money on, besides we were too young.
Aye happy great days.
Tommo used to work at Fisons mill, then I believe he is at Everthorpe prison as a warden now.
one thing I will be able to do next week is to get my prescriptions free; (60 years now mate). take care and keep the comments up.
Posted by Jim Calvert at 02/09/2014 19:52
Hi Ian,

No don't remember the 3 winners mate, but certainly all the fun. You could adventure out & about more when we were at school in safer surroundings than now, People seemed more friendlier as well. Yeah Tommo did say he was working in a prison and that you lose your good looks when you get older (I thought speak for yourself-ha ha). Remember all the lists I used to write for planning days out at Scarborough etc?
Happy birthday for next week old man lol, I have 8 months to go yet till the my 60th. Hope you have a great day.
Posted by Sheila at 02/09/2014 23:20
Who remembers the school trips to the Yorkshire Show, Wimbledon and places of historical interest? An official day off.
Did anyone go to Bewerley Park at Pateley Bridge? A fantastic place for outdoor pursuits.
I did the usual 3 week course and then went back later for an advanced course. Lynne Barker, Dave Wake and Geoff Mason were there at the same time also. Great fun apart from the one horned cow that ate our food supplies.....
Posted by Ian at 03/09/2014 11:34

Yes I remember the days out, Yorkshire show at the back of the bus and Evans (G.M.S. English teacher)) giving some of us a real smack because we had smuggled some bottles of beer with us. I didn't go to Bewerley Park but had a week in Buxton (Dales), Lugs Brant, Franky Ford.
Your right Jim, some of us still have the looks & the figure (L.O.L.) No hair now though, all the locks have gone like the years. But great times. I have been watching the Likely Lads on telly over the last month (On Drama tv), remember when we watched it a lot. You remind me of Bob and me Terry. You were always one for planning and timing. Keep up the feedback you guys. I'm not on facebook or twitter, not into these things. I like to keep it simple and this site is brilliant.
Posted by Sailor at 03/09/2014 12:30
Ian, would Evans and Frank Ford be the teachers on the Modern School photos on this page, if so Frank was in same year as me and John Evans was a prefect when I was in 5th year, liked having you write out Pythagorus a few times, he is now a neighbour of mine.
Posted by Jim Calvert at 03/09/2014 15:53

I only went on the day trips with school mainly to Scarborough, as I used to go away on my uncles barge quite a bit with my cousin's son Paddy Varley. That was fun.
Yes Likely Lads I thought the same, us as Bob & Terry. I have watched it a lot over the years, still do (Great Humour) and it does take you back.
I miss the Disco days I started going to them in 1972 until 1992 (Wow-enough said).
As you have said before it would be good to hear from others in our year. We keep remembering mate.
Posted by Ian at 04/09/2014 10:00
your right Jim. I remember Paddy Varley, used to live somewhere at the end of the flats, now on the corner as you turn right to the hospital. Disco's; yes, Donny, Scarborough, York. as you said earlier; the days then were a lot safer and lads and lasses didn't get so drunk and brawl on the streets like today.
Bob and Terry (L.O.L.)

Yes Sailor, Frank and Evensy, those are the ones. Great teachers of their day like many others.
Lets see now: you and I Jim will remember Dog Watson, the other Watson, (Your last form teacher I believe). Len Townend, Finchy, Morris, Whittaker, Denby, Oliver, Taylor, Reevesy, Holroyd, Lugs Brant, England, King, oh a few more but my memories a bid foggy these days. anyway guys keep the memories coming.
Posted by Jim at 04/09/2014 16:21
Spot on Ian where Paddy used to live. Yeah we didn't get drunk and brawl on the streets, we saved our energy for more important things (lol)
Yes my last form teacher was Mr Watson (good teacher) who taught English. My Commerce teacher Mr Salmon was really good,but didn't like Mr Reveley who taught or shall I say tried to teach me Woodwork.
As Bob & Terry song goes: Tomorrow's almost over
Today went rather fast
It's the only thing to look forward to-
The past
Posted by Adrian Lee at 04/09/2014 20:13
Hi Karen
Yes your name is familiar too.Terry Brooks was one of my best friends before the family moved out to Scarborough.Karen Garner still lives in Hook in Garth Lane,a couple of doors away from my eldest son who lives in the house I was brought up in.Hope you are well,will keep looking on the site as so many familiar names are regularly posting messages.
Posted by karen Neville at 05/09/2014 20:17
Hi Adrian.
Yes I remember the Brooks family moving to Scarborough. We lived down Balk Lane in a bungalow privately built by Terry's dad. My Auntie Doreen Cooper and family lived in the house down Garth Lane before Karen. Karen's husband Pip died recently. Sad. Just been to an exhibition at the Junction in Goole. Several old school photo's there. There was a photo of my friends and I as cheer leaders for Hook cricket club at Hook gala. What an event that used to be.
Posted by Peter Fenwick at 15/09/2014 00:32
Just came accross this site by chance lots of names I know from Goole Secondary Modern.Dean Murphey we grew up together in the villagesI hail from Adlingfleet Dean from Ousefleet.He was a couple of years below me at school.I was in 1B at the start of school in 1965 then 2A 1966 with Rob Thomlinson Brother to Pete Thomlinson mentioned above.Me and Rob moved to Stafford whilst working for Carlsberg along with other ex modern school lads Steve Best, Ray Martin ,Cliff Thornhill, Trevor Greaves (Pedro).Gary Atkins, Pete Roberts, Rob Kenning.Rob was in the same form as me all through school along with Graham Smith, Geoff Wilson, David Straughn, George Morrill (Mop) sadly died in car crash at a very young age, Remember a few of the girls Heather White, Julie Gale, Cath, Mrgeret Walshaw, Jennifer Johnson, Susan Noon, Annie Woolass, I remember games lessons football we played skins and shirts one side played without their shirts on if you did games with Kingy (Mr King) he would then give the whistle to one of us to referee and clear off to the staff room .Cricket with Evensy, if you dropped a catch he would stand you 10 yards away and throw the cricket ball at you , he fancied himself as a demon fast bowler.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 16/09/2014 14:43
Hi Sailor,
Thank you for that. I remember Quent very well, and played cricket against him a few times in the form matches. He had a very suspect bowling action, that gave him a lethal grass-cutter, causing his LBW victims to have to hobble painfully off the field.
I knew Gav only slightly. After leaving GGS, and probably whilst at college, he used to play some gigs at Greaseborough Social Club near Donny. I'm pretty sure that he backed Duane Eddy there, amongst many other visiting stars.
Was it apparent back then that he was a musical genius?
Posted by Sheila at 16/09/2014 20:18
Are you back yet, Elsie?
Posted by Elsie at 16/09/2014 22:10
Yes, back now. 'twere a bit blowy in Scarbados that 'eck. I popped up on Shops and Shopping as the Clitheroe Kid but didn't get any nibbles....tee hee...
Posted by Sheila at 17/09/2014 00:16
Welcome back Elsie but sorry about the lack of nibbles...
Suppose we are the last generation to know who Jimmy Clitheroe was. How sad is that?
Reading Ian's earlier comments about the 'Likely Lads' brought back a few memories. Think TV was more entertaining in our youth, even though we only had 2 channels. None of the current 'reality' rubbish.
Posted by Elsie at 17/09/2014 01:07
If you want really old school telly, check out Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School on You Tube....1950's...

First telly we had, worked off the gas......

Kids today wouldn't believe you...
Posted by Sheila at 17/09/2014 21:09
Oh! Dear! Sad to say that I remember Billy Bunter too and 'Whacko!' with Jimmy Edwards. TV didn't even start until 5pm with the likes of Ivanhoe, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy and Robin Hood. Now that brings to mind a funny story...... In 1991, a young lady requested that the organist play the theme tune for Robin Hood as she walked down the aisle with her new husband. Unfortunately, the aged organist was unaware of the film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' and played the Richard Greene version. Hmm! Not quite what she expected....
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 18/09/2014 10:39
Posted by Paul at 18/09/2014 14:33
Anon Old Codger
Remember the Quatermass trilogy very well.Quatermass Experiment in 1953,Quatermas II and finally Q. and the Pit.
Wilfrid Pickles also had a tv quiz programme "Ask Pickles"
Two soap operas come to mind "The Appleyards" and "the Grove Family".
Don't forget "The Adventures of William Tell" and "Dixon of Dock Green" ("Evening all")
Posted by Sheila at 19/09/2014 13:58
Wow! Now we are really going back. Loved 'Dixon of Dock Green' every Saturday. Later we had 'Z Cars' with a very young Brian Blessed as 'Fancy' Smith. (He didn't have such a loud voice then). 'Dr Finlay's Casebook' and ohhh! Dr Kildare, what a charmer. Didn't know then that he batted for the other side. At that age, I didn't even know about the other side......
I also remember listening to 'Worker's Playtime' on the radio when we came home from school for dinner. Sunday was always '2 way Family Favourites' and 'Round the Horn' or 'The Goon Show', followed by 'Sing Something Simple' when we had the big Sunday tea.
Posted by Paul at 19/09/2014 16:43
Monday nights 7pm on the radio "Journey into Space."
Posted by Dennis Roe at 19/09/2014 23:05
What about 'The Billy Cotton Band Show'
Posted by Sailor at 20/09/2014 12:42
Hi Elsie, Lou Laister (Lulu) lived next to my wife`s auntie in Widop St. he got me to ring a Scottish newspaper telling them he had found a piece of paper in a tin of corned beef saying good luck to our boys at El Alamein. Lots of the pubs had quotes, poems and cartoons he had done on their walls. Oops, mistake, should have sent this to the Clitheroe Kid.
Posted by Elsie Clitheroe at 20/09/2014 13:21
Nice one Sailor. Lovely reply. Surprised more people haven't commented on Lu Lu's postcards from back in the day. Any more stories on this ?
Posted by Paul at 20/09/2014 23:23
"Wakey-Wake-aaaay". Alan Breeze,Kathy Kay,Russ Conway,Mrs Mills.Didn't realise until recently that Terry Jones and Michael Palin,later of Monty Python,wrote jokes for the show.
Posted by Keith wilson at 22/09/2014 20:53
They seek him here they seek him there, The scarlet Pimpernel, and Dan Dare the Pilot of the future and his mate Didby. those were the days.
Posted by Sheila at 28/09/2014 22:58
I initially felt quite young reading some of these memories as I had not heard of them but sadly, there are some that I do remember.
My mum loved Russ Conway and we had many of his records. On 78's, I hasten to add.........
Posted by Elsie... at 05/10/2014 04:41
Hiya Sheila. I think we all strayed off the SCHOOL theme a bit back didn't we...but I hate it when a lovely comment goes unanswered for so long. Russ Conway. Yes. Side Saddle. Del Shannon, Little Swiss Maid and of course, Hats off to Larry...Lonnie Donegan and the Rock Island Line...Elvis and even Paper Roses, Anita Bryant. Connie Francis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Tillotson, Conway Twitty.....Mario Lanza....this was the music our parents played on the old radiogram ( do you remember that word ? ) in the new red brick council houses that we lived in during the 50's and 60's. Our own favourite tunes we collected in later decades yes, but I bet everyone remembers their mam and dads favourites.....
Posted by Dennis Roe at 06/10/2014 01:42
You forgot Bill Haley!
Posted by Elsie at 06/10/2014 02:23
You're right Dennis. So many not on the list, I know. As soon as I sent it, I remembered the great Buddy Holly....
Posted by Keith at 06/10/2014 16:29
Yes anyone the lived through the 50s/60s lived in the best time.
Posted by Sailor at 07/10/2014 14:33
Bill Haley!,saw Rock around the Clock at the Carlton 56/57 and Buddy Holly and the Crickets live at the Regal, Hull 58. What about the other greats of the late 50s Little Richard.Fats Domino,Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry,Johnny and the Hurricanes, Duane Eddy, I could go on but then you lot were only little kids then weren`t you lol.
Posted by Sailor at 07/10/2014 14:34
Bill Haley!,saw Rock around the Clock at the Carlton 56/57 and Buddy Holly and the Crickets live at the Regal, Hull 58. What about the other greats of the late 50s Little Richard.Fats Domino,Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry,Johnny and the Hurricanes, Duane Eddy, I could go on but then you lot were only little kids then weren`t you lol.
Posted by Paul at 07/10/2014 18:35
Here's a few more:-
Bobby Darin, Big Bopper, Eddie Cochran, Booker T and the MGs, Carl Perkins, Dion, Frankie Avalon, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Paul Anka, Ritchie Valens and Tommy James and the Shondells.
Posted by Keith at 07/10/2014 19:50
And no ones mentioned the king.. ELVIS !!
Posted by Dennis Roe at 07/10/2014 23:19
Have a look on tropicalglen dot com you'll fid them all on there.
Posted by Paul at 08/10/2014 00:33
Who was interested when we had Lita Roza, Dennis Lotis, Joan Regan, Marion Ryan etc? Lol.
Posted by Sailor at 08/10/2014 11:06
The King? the original manufactured artist, if it hadn`t been for Col. Tom Parker he would have been nowhere see some of the old 50s black and white recordings rubbish!.
Posted by Sue O'Brien nee Moore at 09/10/2014 14:24
Glancing through this web site and came across one or two names I recognised, Karen Neville, Adrian Lee and Pete Fenwick. I also lived in Hook (well still do), when I was growing up I lived in Garth Close now living in Mount View. Nice to see you are all still going strong.
Posted by Graham Beamson at 13/10/2014 09:09
Replying to Elsie's comment of 13/08/2014.
I remember the pompous prefect who used to give out the 'Where ignorance predominates .... ' lines - I got some of those - what a plonker !
I also remember some very good teachers - Mr Hutchinson for physics, Mr Bennett for biology, Mr Taylor for chemistry, Mr Hall for physics and we had a lovely maths teacher, I've forgotten her name but I think it was Miss Bradley.
Happy days ! Graham.
Posted by Graham Theaker at 13/10/2014 22:05
I remember, with great fondness, our trips to the School Hut on Walkers Farm in Nidderdale each summer. The trips to schools in Batley to talk to the Asian children who would visit us at the campsite for a week at a time during summer holidays. It was great briefing them on what suitable clothing to bring with them and a sleeping bag as they would be Kipping in tents in the field in front of the school hut. Then watching them climb off the coaches wearing shorts, t shirts and plastic sandals carrying a rolled up blanket - bless them! But it was fantastic taking them hill walking, rock climbing, pot holing, swimming and the trip to the seaside at Scarborough on the Thursday each week was great to see the look on some of their faces at seeing the sea for the first time. The evening walks down the road to Pateley Bridge, trying to get the pub landlord at the pub next to the bridge to sell us beer was fun. Remember well the time he let us have a pint of Old Peculiar and then going back to camp to drink, covertly, a half bottle of whiskey between us. Sore head the next morning!! Who else remembers those balmy summers at Walkers Farm in Nidderdale?
Posted by Karen Neville at 15/10/2014 19:53
Hi Sue O'brien. My mate. Hook School together then we got separated only to come together later on at the Blacksmiths disco on a friday and sunday night. Remember the holiday when we were 16 in Cayton Bay in our touring caravan? Happy days. I still think I'm going home when i come down Hook road. Hope you're happy and well. Karen xxx
Posted by Ian Kenning at 16/10/2014 10:13
Is that the Graham Beamson that many years ago (Sorry Graham) used to go to the Boothferry Road School and was in the same class as myself, Hugh Ferriman, Graham Glew, Mick Brant, Ian Kelly, Gary Vaux, and many more guys and gals?
Also known as 'Prof'. if it is then hope you are keeping well and lets all keep this contact site alive. good to hear from some folks are older than myself but the names are familiar through my older brothers and sister. keep well All.
Posted by Pete Fenwick at 18/10/2014 20:12
Response to Sue O, Brian nee Moore .Hi Sue now live in Stafford still married to Sue Clarke that was.Still gave contact with lots of ex Carlsberg staff.Still get back to Goole to see family.Now retired from NHS took early retirement.Enjoying some free time.Goole does not change much but thats a good thing sometimes.Hope you are well.
Posted by Sheila at 27/10/2014 01:06
Some good musical memories in the latest comments that we played on the radiogram. Such progress to have something that would stack about 6 records. We may have been only small but as records stayed in the charts for longer in the 50's, we can still remember them. My parents also liked The Platters and The Inkspots as well as Mario Lanza. I liked the Drinking Song from the 'Student Prince'(again on a 78).
Then the memories flipped to Booker T and the MGs. Time is Tight, brilliant.
Interested to read the comments about the school hut in the Dales. I believe it was bought in 1967 and a group of us had great fun making 2 canoes for it in Woodwork. Girls were not normally allowed to do woodwork but it was decided that we should have a 'creative' double lesson a week as a break from 'O' levels. Never found out if they floated though....... Maybe someone can enlighten me.
Posted by Rod Lumley at 09/11/2014 16:13
For Bryan Ramsey, Arthur Kendal & Barry Spinks & any other 1950 GGS starters.
Sorry, I have only just seen your replies to my last comments.
Bryan, you must be feeling your age as you did not ask me for Pam Gash's last know whereabouts!!!
Some other lovely lasses were mentioned in your comments. Just to jog your memories I will add Sue Appleton, Jean Blackburn, Helen Crowther, Ann Howdle & Joan Hislop !!! More to follow if required.

Anyhow, good to hear you are all well.
Posted by Rod Lumley at 10/11/2014 14:03
Hello Ian. When were you at Boothferry Rd. School?
I taught there 1960-64.
Rod Lumley
Posted by Ian Kenning at 10/11/2014 14:20
Well Rod, or should I say Mr Lumley. I was at Boothferry Road school infants from 1958 - 1961. Then went to the Juniors next door as it was in those days.
Mrs Hall was my first teacher juniors, then my final teacher was Mr Greensides. I still remember a few of them. I remember your name but Obviously I wasn't in your form.
I have a few brothers and a sister older than me so perhaps it was one of them. Anyway, it is nice to here from you and hope all the guys and gals on this site keep it alive.
happy memories and days.
Posted by Rod Lumley at 11/11/2014 12:49
Hello Ian.
Would one of your brother be 2 or 3 years older than you? I have a feeling I taught a 'Kenning', or had one in the football team!
Posted by Keith at 11/11/2014 20:52
Didn't realize Mr Greensides taught at Boothferry Rd School he taught at the Modern School when I knew him ?
Posted by paul at 12/11/2014 00:36
Confirm that Mr.Greenside(s) did teach at Boothferry Road Junior School as he was my form teacher in 1954/55, the year before the 11 plus.
Posted by Robert Ward at 12/11/2014 10:17
I remember Charlie Greensides at Boothferry too. I think he switched between BRS and the Modern School more than once. I think his wife switched too - I remember her being at BRS. Didn't they live in Centenary Road? I wasn't in Mr. Greensides class, but he did teach some of our geography lessons. We did Canada and the prairie provinces - Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan - and fishing in Vancouver where they used flat bottomed boats called scows - "It's spelt like a cow with a 's' on each end" he said. He was bit scary as most of the other teachers were women (except for the head Mr Millward and the two Mr Lumley's, one succeeding the other), but always enthusiastic.
Posted by Keith at 12/11/2014 20:20
Robert , What years was Mr Greenside at BRS as I seem to remember him being at the SMS from 1951 to 1955.
Posted by Robert Ward at 12/11/2014 20:51
I'm fairly sure 1960.
Posted by Keith at 12/11/2014 22:51
Yes Robert, What puzzled me Paul states he was at BRS 1954/5.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 12/11/2014 23:11
To Rod Lumley.......I was at school (BRS and the Modern School) with KENNETH Kenning, and he was a keen footballer, so I guess it's the same person.
Posted by Robert Ward at 13/11/2014 09:00
It looks like, as I said, Mr Greensides switched between BRS and SMS several times. I've just looked up my old school reports (I know, sad!) and CG's initials are next to Craft 1959-60, and Geography 1960-61.
Posted by Paul at 13/11/2014 13:16
I've checked the years 1954/55 for Mr Greenside being at BRS and confirm that he was. I have a photograph of the school football team( including me) for that year and Charlie definitely taught me.
Wouldn't forget him as he stopped me playing sport on Wednesdays (with the school team) and Fridays with my year.It was subsequently rescinded to allow me to play with the school team but on Fridays I had to join a form from the year above and learn a poem and then recite in front of the class.Put me off poetry and it was reinforced at secondary level in Hull having to learn a poem,reciting,or writing out from memory with the correct punctuation,
Two teachers I recall from the infants (?) were the headmistress, Miss Spencer and Mrs Hartley.Have a photo in the infants playground with those two teachers and there were 3 others but can't recall their names.
Posted by Ian Kenning at 13/11/2014 16:20
To Rod and Dennis.

Yes guys Kenneth is my brother, as you say a keen footballer. My eldest brother is David, then Kenneth, Stewart, Alan then my sister Jill, then Stephen. I'm the youngest. We lost our eldest sister Avril about fifteen years ago.
Mr, or Charlie Greensides, as with many others of this generation were the 'what I call the old stalwarts' they hit you when you needed it and congratulated you when you didn't.
I had a great time at all my schools and had many a good friend, some still with us, some sadly not.
Posted by Robert Ward at 13/11/2014 22:20
BRS infants teachers: Mrs. Bellamy, Mrs. Shand, Miss Walker, Mrs. Hopley. Headmistress Miss Spencely.
Posted by Paul at 13/11/2014 22:41
Thanks for correcting my memory for the name of the headmistress and I now recollect the names Bellamy and Shand.I remember a boy, Peter Shand, a relative of the teacher? Recall Miss Spencely with her round glasses and tweedy jacket,a third of a pint of milk a day,cod liver oil capsule,half an hour lie down in the afternoon,knitting and sewing lessons.The latter have proved useful over the years.
Posted by graham cowling at 14/11/2014 23:17
have nt been on line fer ages great to here from sheila and baza moved on from vodka to whiskey saw steve hunt last week another one retired much more fun working
Posted by graham cowling at 14/11/2014 23:35
sheila n bazza fantastic to here from ya roy houghton never left rawcliffe bridge looks a lonely old geezer
Posted by Sheila at 17/11/2014 00:38
Well hello Graham. Pleased to hear you are fit enough to continue working. They do say that farmers never retire. However, I will refrain from saying the next line.....
Personally, I think retirement is much more fun than working. And on these rotten, wet and cold mornings, it is great not to have to venture outside unless I want to. There is also a big wide world out there to explore and we intend to see as much of it as possible before ill health prevents us from doing so.

Suppose Steve Hunt would have had to retire. Not sure what the age limit is for airline pilots but reckon it is before 65. His wife, Margaret, lived in our street when we are at junior school.
Do you see Roy Houghton often then, or anyone else come to that?
Posted by Andy Gray at 18/11/2014 07:04
Hi All
Just had a seniors moment and surfed the net for Goole Grammar; what a surprise. The years at Goole Grammar were the best at school for me.
Baz don't remember the Caldwell incident; but did get caught by Mr Latimer for lashing out with my foot as we went down the stairs. Can't remember who the intended victim was but got to stand outside the headmaster's office all afternoon for my trouble.
Posted by sheila at 19/11/2014 00:01
Hi Andy
So pleased you found this site. Your brother was on it some time ago. I lost your email address when we had computer problems and tried again when I found the contact list from the reunion. Guess you must have a new email address now, as do we.
Think we all have fond memories of our school days but maybe we did not appreciate it at the time. Reckon you did not have an easy job as our form monitor though. Still remember when Mr Chappell blamed you for Miss Clarke losing control of the class. Hardly fair.
Posted by Andy Gray at 19/11/2014 02:22
Hi Sheila
Did this all happen in 3D and in the classroom at the front, ground floor, on the side of the main building adjacent to the old metalwork shop? I do have vague memories of a class out of control.
Thanks again for the reunion photo;it's with a copy of the 2D photo. Also found a photo of the Kingsway football team 62/63 with Gareth Haywood and John Ford; we lost 3-0 to Boothferry Road at the Pleasure Ground.
Posted by Sheila at 20/11/2014 00:48
Hi Andy
Your memory serves you right, that was the classroom but it was a few of the boys causing the problem. We girls were quite well behaved. (No comments please) Probably because there were so few of us and we were somewhat outnumbered. Remember once when all the boys were kept back at the end of a lesson and the girls were allowed to leave. Believe that was Miss Clarke also.
Good to hear about your footballing days at Kingsway yet only 5 years later, John had died. So sad.
Posted by graham cowling at 20/11/2014 16:05
hi sheila ive heard there is a world outside airmyn but i went to scaboro once and didnt like it stick to home with my guns and my faithful dogs. Seriously though great to here from so many in Dform how did we get away with all scams we used to get up to
Posted by Sheila at 21/11/2014 16:06
Well Graham, maybe you should have gone to Whitby instead of Scarborough then you too may have had the urge to travel more. Better fish and chips in Whitby too......
Not sure how many of you got away with your scams. Maybe it was the cheeky smiles and general daftness. Dib! Dib! Roooaaar! Believe it was Terry Triffitt who started it but where did it originate from? Even Mr Ferriman started doing it. Bless him.
Posted by graham cowling at 21/11/2014 18:19
hi sheila me again late last night half way down a bottle of finest coffin varnish (teachers) i got rather sad at the number of guys who have nt made it this far was that the terry broughton i played rugby with in goole times recently . gonna stop reading deaths column just in case im in .not in this week cigs and booze aint got me yet but travelling the world could love to see you sometime maybe on our 63rd birthday
Posted by Barrie Spink at 22/11/2014 23:07
For Bryan Ramsey, Arthur Kendal & Barry Spinks & any other 1950 GGS starters.
Reference Rod Lumley's comments
I am just back from holiday on a Railway Tour of Cambodia and Vietnam with wife Jennifer.
I remember all the girls you mentioned, Sue Appleton, Jean Blackburn, Helen Crowther, Ann Howdle & Joan Hislop, Pam Gash !!!
However i have not heard from any for a long while. Jean Blackburn lived up here in Scotland for a while but she was moving back to Goole a couple of years ago and i have lost touch.
The only person that I hear from on a regular basis on Face book is Margaret Hockney, sadly Doreen died a few years ago.
I still make an annual visit to Goole around Christmas but I hardly ever see any body that I know, I would love to say hello to any one that could remember me.

Anyhow, good to hear from you Rod


Barrie Spink
Posted by Sheila at 24/11/2014 21:37
Hi Graham
Lay off the 'coffin varnish', it's a depressant and I think your description of it should be giving you a clue regarding it's lack of benefits.
Don't think I know Terry Broughton, so am unable to answer your question.
As for meeting up, weather permitting at that time of year, sounds like a possibility. We are in the phone book.
Are you in contact with anyone else from our schooldays?
Posted by Arthur Kendall at 30/11/2014 19:07
Posted by Paul at 30/11/2014 20:58
Arthur Kendall
I see living in Braintree you moved to a town with a Port, although of a different nature with a stream,the River Brain, compared to the mighty Ouse.I live on the River Crouch and the ditch near the paddling/boating lake in West Park would give it a run for its money.Lol.
Posted by Sheila at 03/12/2014 00:18
Hi Elsie
I was in Goole today visiting a friend from my early childhood.
She lives opposite your 'hill' so I thought of you.
Posted by Rod Lumley at 06/12/2014 12:58
For Robert Ward.
When I taught at BRS (60-64), I had a John Ward played in goal for the soccer team. Any relation?
Mr & Mrs Greensides taught there as did Mrs Hall. Miss Cowling Mrs Moore amongst others.
Posted by crokrz linkz at 17/12/2014 23:28
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Posted by John C. Wraith at 23/12/2014 09:13
I am looking to establish links with Roy Mapplebeck again-my email was hacked and I lost my contacts here in Manila.Please contact me again-so many memories to The website is really interesting,memories of Mr Latimer,DingDong Bell,and etc...How about Miss Scurrah and Norah Charlton?
Posted by Karen Neville at 19/01/2015 12:22
Miss Scurrah was our form teacher when we started G.G.S in 1967. Room 7. Followed by 2 years in room 8 with Mr (Festus) Ferriman. Mr Teed was the head and Arnie Chappell deputy head, with Miss Williams as head of the girls. She enforced the wearing of our GGS hats and the uniform had just changed to blue and white striped blouses with no ties for girls. We came from the tiny school at Hook and got all rigged up at Gordon Clarke's down Carlisle street.
It wasn't long after Miss Williams left that the staff began losing their grip and kids began to rule a lot more! Smoking at the back of the class etc. I loved every minute of my time there. Left Xmas 1972 as John Lennon's 'Merry Xmas' came out. Remember sobbing listening to it in the school hall.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 24/01/2015 15:32
To Rod Lumley, I`ve just read an e-mail of yours on Feedback from 2003. Doug Abbey lived opposite us in Empson Ave. in the 50s. I also remember him as Harbour Master when I was at sea,once we were coming in to Goole via Ocean Lock and while heaving round the knuckle into the lock the wire snapped and the ragged end whipped across the quay and ripped the lapel of his coat, if he had been six inches nearer the lock wall it would have been a different story. Remember you from school, I was there 53-58 also knew your Joyce quite well talked to her a lot when she was at Elite. T.C.
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Posted by Kate at 05/02/2015 13:44
How old would Mr J L Latimer have been in 1960? I think he retired in 1964 but was he 65 then? And when did he die? I'm doing some writing and would be interested to have the facts rather than my juvenile recollections!
Posted by Graham at 20/02/2015 16:51
With Ref to Karen Neville's comment regarding standards slipping and smoking at backs of classes. Utter tosh, in all my time at GGS (70-75) I never once encountered students having the upper hand against teachers or the filthy habit of smoking at the back of classroom. GGS for a fantastic school to attend, with high standards in student behaviour and teaching standards that were exemplary. I wouldn't think there is a soul on this planet who does not look back now and think boy that was a great time they had at school and the best preparation they could have had for adult life. Don't know what happened post summer of 75 when it changed to being a High School but when it was a pure Grammar School it was the envy of the area and rightly so.
Posted by Karen Neville at 21/02/2015 17:33
I am not insinuating that Goole Grammar school was not a good school, it was a fantastic school and I thank God I passed for Grammar School at my '11 plus' after being home schooled while living in Tunisia for the year leading up to it. I wouldn't have missed those precious years for anything. I am stating fact, though when I say that there was smoking at the back of our class (boys not girls) before I left in the early 70's. I distinctly remember the teacher telling one boy to put out his cigarette and he retorted "what are you gonna do about it?". There were excellent teachers but there were some who didn't have the same authority and these were the ones that were taken advantage of. I will point out, however, that I was in D group for some subjects and it never happened in the higher grade classes. But happen it did !!
I was sad to read in this weeks Goole Times of the death of Mr Hall, a teacher at G.G.S when we were there.
Posted by Christine Gunn at 22/02/2015 19:23
I can concur with Karen Neville about the smoking incident at the back of the classroom as I was in the same group. I don't remember if it happened more than once or not though.
Posted by wean-in-the-wid at 22/02/2015 22:58
Things were a little bit different in my day. The seniors used to push us around sometimes, as did some of the prefects, but nothing unusual about that.
I've often looked back on my time at GGS with real fondness. I was fortunate to be with a great bunch of classmates as we moved up through the school, though I've not seen most of them now for 50 years or so! Mr Latimer ran a tight ship, and seemed strict but fair. 'Gus Turner, our art teacher, could be a bit scary, but he was always one of my favourite teachers, along with Mr Branson, 'Festus' Ferriman, and 'Elvis' Hall. There were of course a few eccentrics - 'Fritz' Hargreaves and his spider/fly conundrum, 'George' Stones and his open windows, 'Bud' Ramsey, 'Boiler-head' Wright, and 'Wild Bill' Petch et al. Then there was Ma Bell, Miss Coughlin, who did her utmost to get us roughs to speak and write 'proper' English - and of course 'Joyce' Collet who we all (the boys, anyway) had a crush on.
Ah, happy days!
Posted by Bill at 23/02/2015 12:37
Mr Latimer may have run a tight ship but I would not be so ready to sing his praises. My impression of him was that he was unnecessarily sarcastic, a bit of a snob and possibly a bully. His replacement by the far superior Mr Teed was to be welcomed.
Posted by Ken Bacon at 25/02/2015 23:02
Good grief I have just spent hours looking through the page with fond memories.I was there 1963 to 1968 when I left in the first term of lower 6th to get a job with the local accountants P A Waltham & Co up by the library and Yorkshire Bank.

In our first year Mr Latimer was Head, separate Boys/Girls staircase etc. Mr Teed was more liberal and relaxed some of the more outdated rules.Did we really have to wear a cap? and the craze of cap de-bobbling!!

Hope everyone is well from that era and some of you may remember me.
Posted by wean-in-the-wid at 26/02/2015 09:50
Bill - Though he was armed with a cane, he was no Wackford Squeers. I guess Mr Latimer was of his time, a relic of another age (he would be around 115 or so by now, if he'd still been with us). One of my clearest memories of him is how often in assembly he was asking us to remember bring our 'five shullings' for some occasion, event, outing or other.
I guess our views are formed through experience: 'Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'/Gleams that untravell'd world, whose margin fades/For ever and for ever when I move'.
Fortunately I never got the wrong side of Lenny Lat to incur his wrath - did you?
Posted by Bill at 26/02/2015 12:04
To wean in the wid, a most insightful observation on your part. Yes it's all down to experience. And yes I did once get on the wrong side of Mr L., over a very trivial matter. His treatment of me was pompous and insulting. By contrast, when hauled into Mr Teed's study over a more serious offence, I had the error of my ways intelligently explained to me and was sent away with several works of modern American literature which I read and enjoyed. Hence, my lasting impressions of the two men. Incidentally, what is a wean, in or out of a wid?
Posted by Sheila (nee Hodgson) at 26/02/2015 23:25
Isn't 'Weans- in-the wid' a Scottish term for children in the wood? I believe it is often performed as a panto in Scotland.
I love all the pseudonyms that some people use on this site and sometimes wonder why they feel the need for anonymity. Gets the old grey matter going though, trying to determine who they really are.

As for Mr Latimer, he was a man of his time. I recall being quite scared of him but fortunately, I never crossed him so only ever encountered him at morning assembly. In comparison, Mr Teed was like a breath of fresh air who endeavoured to get to know his pupils.

And hello Ken Bacon. We were at GGS at the same time and although in different forms, I do remember you. Suppose we only ever met when we all had to learn to dance in the Games period prior to the school dances. Can still do the Gay Gordons, Military 2 step and the Valeta etc. Can you?
Posted by Ken Bacon at 27/02/2015 10:58

Not much dancing since school but I think I could still remember the Gay Gordon.(Dance I hasten to add !! Have to be politically correct ).

Cynthia Potter once gave me an instant Saturday morning for running over the Hockey pitch but I managed to reduce this to 2 conduct marks by grovelling about missing assembly and the notices. Was it 3 conduct marks equals a Saturday morning detention???
Posted by wean-in-the-wid at 27/02/2015 18:12
Bill - any anecdotes about Mr L (and other school teachers from around that time) are always welcome and of interest to me. I'd moved on long before Mr Teed arrived, so never met him. Former GGS pupils that did always seem to speak well of him.
And, Sheila's got it ... If you'd traveled on Glasgow's 'Clockwork Orange' around Christmas, you would have seen posters all over the place advertising the panto that tells a similar tale to that of my lil' sis 'n' me - Weans in the Wid / Babes in the Wood.
Posted by Bill at 01/03/2015 11:16
Ok wean, I'll repost my favourite anecdote about the wonderful and loveable Mr Hutchinson (Hutch) of Form 1D. In our first week there, when we were all terrified, he was allocating jobs. When he got to the role of window monitor, he explained to the chosen pupil that sometimes the long pole use to open the top sash window would not work. In which case he, the pupil, would have to climb up on to and stand on the window cill to pull down the window. He advised caution and not to repeat the mistake of the previous window monitor who had stepped back to admire his work! Don't know why but found it hilarious at the time and still do. Probably because it showed some humour and humanity- not qualities we had lead to believe existed in the feared form masters at GGS.
Posted by Sheila at 01/03/2015 19:21
Were you and your little sister lost in the 'wid' then, wean?

Hutch was also my first form master Bill. I recall a time when one of the boys was sniffing in class and he said "Stop sniffing boy, what do you think your sleeve is for?" We too found this comment highly amusing but it went a long way to alleviating our first year anxieties.

Pleased you can still do the Gay Gordons Ken. Cannot remember the conduct marks though. So not sure if 3 gave you a Saturday morning. The only punishment I ever received was 2 or 4 sides for some insignificant misdemeanour. Do recall getting a Saturday from Miss Singleton for missing needlework though, despite having sent a message to say I had to attend a French oral exam but she was having none of it. I cannot say on here what I thought of her but it was not very pleasant.....
Posted by wean-in-the-wid at 03/03/2015 12:46
Bill and Sheila - Yes, I was always getting lost, or falling in the dock when I was a wee wean!
I do remember 'Hutch' well enough, but never attended any of his lessons. I can remember the window-opening rigmaroles at GGS though. Elf 'n' safety, eh? What-oh! Missiles such as chalk and blackboard cleaners from (some of) the teachers - yep, all good fun.
Posted by Adrian Lee at 03/03/2015 15:52
Nice to see a post from Ken Bacon.Dont think I have seen or heard of him since he left.Remember he managed to get run out when he was batting with me at GGS leaving me stranded on 49 n.o,which would have been my first 50.Also nice to see that a former pupil at school,Colin Graves,is now the incoming chairman of the ECB.
Posted by Fiona at 11/03/2015 19:12
Mr Latimer had long gone by the time I started at the school, but his photograph still hung in the lobby. My Father, who had also been at the school in the 1930s, remembered him. He used to say what a thoroughly horrible man he was, a real bully, and with real feeling about it, not just lighthearted passing comments, and he shuddered at the photograph when he went into the school for events. I presume he must have been a new appointment when my Father was there, because he remembered Mr Firth as well, fondly. So maybe Mr Latimer mellowed in the latter part of his headship there.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 15/03/2015 23:44
Kate - re JL Latimer (James Leonard Latimer, MA): this may not be of much help, but I have a copy of the book A Course In Geometry that he wrote with one Thomas Smith B.Sc. The book was first published in 1937 by George G. Harrap and Co. Unfortunately there are no biographical details given, only that Mr Latimer was formerly a scholar of St. John's College, Oxford, and was Headmaster at Goole Grammar School.
He'd now be well over 100 if still around!
Posted by Robert Ward at 16/03/2015 09:46
Posted by Robert Ward at 16/03/2015 09:50
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 16/03/2015 10:15
Hi Robert - thank you for the information on Mr Latimer. Seems he didn't have a very long life, though even then in the '60s, that was not uncommon. I seem to remember reading somewhere that when the retirement age was set at 65, average life expectancy was such that the OAP would only be paid for about 18 months. Different now - too many of us coffin dodgers not clocking off in decent time.
Posted by F.E. Wheldrake at 17/03/2015 10:02
I remember Mr Latimer more kindly, perhaps because my grand father, Richard Jolley was a governor of G.G.S. They both took
" Aim High" very seriously and encouraged each of us to do so.

My most significant memory is of the encouragement Miss K Holland gave me in Domestic Science and my one regret is that I have never thanked her or Miss Tyler for their influences on my 30 year teaching career, here in South Australia, as a Senior Mistress & Year Level Manager of all years between 8 & 12.(i.e.Twelve to seventeen year olds.)

Mr Jimmy Hirsch was the best maths teacher.

I would appreciate any current information anyone may have about these teachers. F. Elizabeth Wheldrake ( Nee Chevis)
Posted by Mike Dobson (Dobby) at 30/03/2015 12:29
I occasionally browse through Goole on the Web to see if I come across names of old. I too remember 'Len' but as a somewhat ethereal person, complete with black gown, who floated the few steps from his office each morning to greet the gathering of students in the school hall. I never really met him very often - that was a good thing, or so I always thought. However, each year on the afternoon of the Varsity rugby match the 1st XV rugby team was invited to sit in his front room across from school on Centenary Road. We saw the real person then.
Fond memories of GGS
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 30/03/2015 16:00
Hi Mike - interesting to hear of your memories of JLL.
I was never good enough for the school rugby teams, but was a decent enough kicker (of the ball) in the house matches. You were in the year above me, and I can remember you on the field because you were much braver (or maybe more foolhardy) than I was when throwing yourself into tacking those muddied oafs. Hope there was no lasting damage!
I was more of a flanneled fool, myself.
Posted by Mike Dobson (Dobby) at 30/03/2015 18:23
Many thanks for your response. I enjoyed my rugby days and continued playing until the mid 70s. That's years not my age!
Incidentally, are you related the Kirkpatricks who lived around Eastrington in the mid to late 60s?
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 31/03/2015 17:55
Hi Mike - I don't recall any KPs out Eastrington way, though on my mother's side there were relatives going back many years, called Plaster, in that area. I have an old family bible, about the size of a breeze-block, with some Plaster family details from their time in Bampton, Oxfordshire, in the early- and mid-eighteen hundreds.
Back to JLL, a few of us from GGS kept in touch for a few years after leaving, meeting up to go camping in the Lakes, or to Cosh House in the Dales. In those days we'd hitch-hike everywhere, and one day we saw JLL enjoying a snifter sitting outside either the White Swan, or the Traveller's Rest at Grasmere, on our way up to Derwentwater. This would have been in the early 60s, and sadly JLL didn't live more than another 2-3 years.
Posted by Mike Dobson (Dobby) at 03/04/2015 16:36
Many thanks. You have jogged my memory about JLL. I remember he once took three of us to Cosh House in his car and we stopped for tea and scones at a rather grand hotel!
The concept of Cosh House was way ahead of its time. I'm not sure whether the idea came from 'Sticky' Glew, Ellis Postel or Bill Petch. It may even have come from the man himself.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 03/04/2015 17:32
Mike - Yes, Cosh really was, er, an experience ... Whenever I went there it always seemed freezing, unless you could get the boiler going. A bit of a trudge up from Foxup with a rucksack, but the countryside was - still is - terrific, with great views from the hill up behind Cosh. The shack out front was a place for serene contemplation, looking out across the valley. Then, there were those invigorating cold showers from the stream that ran through the hole in the wall, along from the cludgie, or alternatively the prancing around in the beck down t' hill below. Oh yes, those happy days!
I don't know how long the school continued to lease Cosh, and I last went there in the sixties. More recently, the place has been completely redeveloped.
Posted by Christine at 27/07/2015 10:07
I went on a GGS trip to Chartres, France, in the early 1970's, where we attended a local school for a few days. Does anyone know, or know where I can find out, which school it was?
Posted by Jane at 05/08/2015 15:48
I was at GGS from 65 to 71. I remember Arnie and Mr Cauldwell? Who inspired my love of geography Bongo despite being amazingly knowledgeable about all things historic didn't inspire me as much so I failed History A level. Mr Heath and Miss Potter where encouraging in all things sporting and the fantastic summer camps in Kettlewell and Pateley bridge . The pupils I remember were David Ibbotson Gillian Hardy SUE Johnson (great goalie) Ricky Kay David Hinks fantastic runner Judith Petch Steven Theaker and lots of others I have forgotten the names of. Most memorable things were the hockey teams Zigger Zagger the assembly about a nuclear attack the sudden death of Angus the art teacher .
Posted by Steve meades at 05/08/2015 22:00
Been following this email trail over the last few months with total fascination,but only just managed to get down to contributing because I'm a real technophobe!
I was at Goole Grammar from 65to72 and am very familiar with many of the names people have been discussing. I read with interest Alasdair Brown's contributions from 2011-I was in your 1971 Japanese noh play production 'Kagekiyo', which my late mother absolutely loved. I often think of you and your wonderful English teaching colleague,Stella Harris,(previously Ilditch). You left Goole for Workington;do you still support Tottenham? I remember you once saying that you used to go and watch them.

I have lost touch with the people who were in my form,which causes regret;Rob Palmerone,who went on to be a clinical psychologist on Humberside;Howard Burton,whose brother Keith,as several of you who have pointed out,died tragically in a road traffic accident in the autumn half term holiday in 1965,just after being accepted to do maths,I think,at Oxford. Ruth Jackson,our illustrious Head Girl,went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and Jane Clayton,as was,went up to university to study French,I think. Other folk who readily come to mind are Sue Whitaker,Sue Clayton,Amanda Johnson,Rob Beevers,John Torn,Mike 'Yakky' Wood,Stephen Tose,Dave Brogan,Joyce Garner and many more.Don't know if anybody will remember me;I can't claim to have been any kind of academic leading light,but can claim,like the great Paul Eddington,that I did little harm!

I went up to Hull Uni.,where I took a Politics degree and met my wife Sandra. I started a Masters degree,but,realizing that Maggie Thatch,as a past Education Secretary,had no interest in education,particularly useless education that might try to ask questions of the establishment,'re-trained as a psychiatric nurse,a career which took me all over the country,including 21 years in the Shetland Islands,although Sandra and I and our adopted 14 year old,Corey,are now living in Cheshire. Sorry to bore you all,but it would be good to hear from any of you who might dimly remember me;I certainly remember John Wraith,who must have left 1966. Still in Manila? Best Wishes,everyone,

Steve Meades
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 06/08/2015 11:46
Hi Steve - I was at GGS a few years before your time there, and therefore didn't know any of the contemporaries that you mention, but I still found your post most interesting. Some of the staff would have been the same, of course, including Mr Turner. Gus was a bit scary for a callow 11-year old, but he was always one of my favourites there, and rather inspiring to me. As were Mr Branson and Mr Ferriman.
I didn't know what became of Gus after I left, but it seems he didn't have a long life.
Once again, thank you for your post. Hope there will soon be others with that kind of detail that bring out the old memories!
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 15/08/2015 15:08
Mention of ol' Gus reminds me of another teacher there around that time. Miss Coughlin took us for what was known as English Language back then. (English Lit was a separate subject.) In one stirring piece wot I wrote, I used the term 'by sheer weight of numbers' for which Miss C docked me a mark or two. She referred to the word sheer as being slang, and therefore not acceptable for use in schoolwork. I'm sure I'd seen that term in either The Dandy or The Beano, so I remember being a bit miffed at her cavalier use of the red pen.
Does anyone know what happened to Miss Coughlin? I do hope that she had a long and happy retirement after putting up with so many phillistines for so long.
Posted by Robert Ward at 15/08/2015 17:42
Peter's question about Miss Coghlin stirred my curiosity too, so I looked her up using my genealogy subs. She lived to the age of 102. Mercy Marion Coghlin, born in the Lanchester (Durham) district, 16th May 1904, death registered in the York district, 28th June 2006. In the 1911 census she is with her grandparents at Stanley, Co. Durham.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 16/08/2015 16:51
Robert - thank you so much for your information on Miss Coghlin. ('Further marks deducted, Kirkpatrick, for spelling my name wrongly,' she might have said.) It's great to know that the formidable Miss C lived to age 102. Good for her! It may be then, after all, the wherewithal she had to knock into shape decades of recalcitrants sent her way at GGS was what kept her going!
Posted by Dobbie (Mike Dobson) at 02/09/2015 14:29
Good to hear Gus mentioned in the updates. He was a bit scary to the uninitiated but his heart was in the right place. He was a great supporter of the rugby teams and never missed a home match.
He took quite a gang of us to Perthshire each year for the grouse beating - Lower Pitcairn Farm near Aberfeldy. Mike Staveley, Bruce Combe, Terry Dunsworth, my brother - Paul Dobson, John Armitage. We spent the best part of 6 weeks with Gus and his family living in a bothy on the Grantully Estate. Of course Gus didn't do any beating, he had the more illustrious position of 'flanker', where he spent most of his time painting watercolours - no surprise there. Oh yes, just for the record Gus didn't live in the bothy. He lived in the farm house!
Posted by Paul at 04/09/2015 22:31
Dobbie :- Having read your post and others you have posted I haven't been able to determine when you were at GGS. My interest was raised by the name of John Armitage. A person of that name was in my form in 1955 at BRS , a year before the 11+, but I left that year to live in Hull so I not aware of which secondary school former classmates went to. Would he have gone to GGS in 1956?
Posted by Mike Dobson (Dobbie) at 05/09/2015 11:36
Thanks Paul for your response. It is quite likely that John Armitage went to BRS. He was a few years younger than me and he had an elder brother Dave who was a year older than me. John turned out to be a very good rugby union player but then, coming from GGS, there were several others in the same category.
Posted by Paul at 06/09/2015 01:15
Dobbie : Thanks for your reply. Assuming we are talking of the same person , which is some 60 years ago, John was of slight build at the age of 10 so I assume, if he didn't fill out, he would have played in the backs/half backs and not the forwards. At BRS he was speedy, and I recall racing him around the BRS junior and infants buildings and playgrounds on many occasions.
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