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NORTHGATE SENIOR BOYS SCHOOL

ADDED 28 JANUARY 2006

I have very fond memories of the Pontefract Northgate Senior Boys School and remember the 1951 school trip to the HMS Hermes and the onboard exhibition to commemorate the 1951 Festival of Britain. Unfortunately, I am unable to identify anyone on the photograph depicted in your school gallery. I believe there were a series of visits for the various forms.

Also in the same year there was a weekend trip to Edinburgh where we visited Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood House, The Forth Bridge (the original as the new one hadn't been built at that time), and went on a shopping trip down Princess Street.

Northgate Senior Boys Trip to Edinburgh 1951

I enclose the above photograph taken on the trip and can identify from the left front: Michael Hiorns, standing behind him is Alan Siddall and the Headmaster Mr. Rumble. The other boys I cannot recall but would appreciate help from any readers who may be able to identify them.

I was also very interested to see the 1943 Staff photograph of Pontefract Boys School and although I began my secondary education at the school in 1950, I remember with great affection Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Smith.

With reference to the photograph of the Willow Park Senior Girls School, I can identify Margaret Dales (6th from the right on the back row), who was later to become my wife and qualified as a nurse at Pinderfields Hospital. She went on to become a District Nursing Tutor in the Garforth area and later a Health Visitor in Featherstone.

Edward P. Jewitt
28 January 2006


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