ESPECIALLY FOR SOMEONE WHO LEFT
PONTEFRACT MANY YEARS AGO
ADDED 27 MAY 2006
a wonderful magazine the Digest is, especially for someone like me who
left Pontefract so many years ago. It has inspired me to list some of my
precious memories about the time I went to Love Lane Infants and Junior
School. Memories play tricks however, so forgive me if I have got some
names wrong. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who can correct
me, or who has any other thoughts about the area of Love Lane between
1943 to 1949.
lived in a bungalow at the end of Hartley Park Avenue right opposite the
school and strangely enough, was often late! It was a happy school. Does
anyone remember Miss Glasby? She was my first teacher when I was five
years old in the first class in the infants. The other part of the
infant school seemed a bit frightening, as it appeared to be closed off
and dark. I think it was used as a first aid post at this time during
the last three years of the war.
I moved up the school I remember Miss Hood, Mrs Vear, Miss Rowe and Mr.
Tomlinson the headmaster (not Head Teacher as they are called today). He
gave me the cane once but I canít remember why. Mr. Wheatley was our
favourite teacher. Do you remember the nickname he gave you? We all had
one. Mine was ĎMosellií, the Italian ice-cream seller. He made
little poems up about us all. I canít remember mine but a friend of
mine called Derek Davy had one and for some reason I can remember it so
clearly. It went; "Derek Davy joined the navy, while eating a chip
he fell out of the ship and his mother sent up for his gravy". I
became a teacher myself but I know I never reached his popularity.
also remember our Anderson shelter in the war. We were posh and had one
in our garden however some reading this may remember the large communal
concrete shelter in our field opposite the school. It was a wonderful
place to play and even today the smell of concrete reminds me of it - as
does the smell of a lighted candle.
about the noises we could hear from the school and the area? The regular
bursts of gunfire from the artillery practice at the Barracks and of
course the bugles every morning and evening..
anyone remember the roundabout that appeared from time to time outside
the school? For two jam jars you could have a ride. Also close to the
school was Mr. Barton the barber. It was about three houses down towards
Walkers shop. I notice there is still a mark on the wall where the
barberís pole used to be. He also had the famous wooden model of the
concentric double staircase in the old church. I wonder where it is now?
find remembering names so difficult as I have lived away from Pontefract
for so long but I do recall Alan Horsewell, Beryl Scarth, Frankie and
Michael Hiorns, Brian Hill, Taffy Hey and Derek Davy.
I hope some people reading this article will remember some of these
things and write in to our brilliant magazine. I now live in the Lake
District but would love to hear from anyone.
Magic Hills House
123 Appleby Road
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