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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 2:40 am

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Just trying to work out who you are. I think I was in the same year as you and I remember the Aspden lad you mentioned. Obnoxious Rovers fan as I recall. I saw Prod absolutely batter a lad called Chesh in the hall during a music lesson once and I recall waiting on the stairs with the rest of 1s for Prods music lessons, literally shaking.
Agree with every word you say regarding Fred Bury. He was a proper gentleman and a great leader of boys and men.
I've no problem with that, I'm Chris Rawson and yes it was Paul Aspden and I had no problem with him after the incident in question !
If you were the 1975 intake, you'll remember the 1st years putting someone on guard after the lunch break, at the door of the 1st year block next to Dukes Brow, waiting for the Music Room light to be turned off and " Prod " marching down the hill ...
You don't know where Tom Kelly is these days do you ?
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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 3:03 am

dsr wrote:
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Same year as me. I was in 1E, you were presumably 1G?

I don't think anyone paid full fees until 1976. It was "direct grant" until 1975, which meant that the schoolwas funded partly by the state - the idea being that the state was saving money by not having to educate them in fully state schools. But the Labour government's policy was to make sure that independent education was available only for the rich, and so QEGS became fully independent and the free place scheme disappeared and fees went up with a bump. From £300 to £500, from memory, though I can't remember if that was per term or per year. Per year, probably.
I think it was per year ! :D
On a lighter note, do you remember some names, Richard Ratcliffe ? David " Pinkie " Walker, Tom Kelly, Reba Hajela, Gill Poole, Steph Bailey and the stunning Stephanie Jones & Gillian Catlow, who would have been on the Burnley/Colne buses at that time !

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Post by Holmeclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 8:18 am

Clarets4me wrote:
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I've no problem with that, I'm Chris Rawson and yes it was Phil Aspden and I had no problem with him after the incident in question !
If you were the 1975 intake, you'll remember the 1st years putting someone on guard after the lunch break, at the door of the 1st year block next to Dukes Brow, waiting for the Music Room light to be turned off and " Prod " marching down the hill ...
You don't know where Tom Kelly is these days do you ?
I remember you Chris though I might be a year older? Dave Syed here, the elder of the ‘Sid’ brothers. I saw Tom at Leeds Uni on a visit there a year after I left QEGS. I also met him on the Turf a couple of times during the dark days of the late 80’s. I believe he went on to become a consultant psychologist in Newcastle but I’ve not seen him for a very long time now.

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Post by Holmeclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 8:27 am

Clarets4me wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 3:03 am
I think it was per year ! :D
On a lighter note, do you remember some names, Richard Ratcliffe ? David " Pinkie " Walker, Tom Kelly, Reba Hajela, Gill Poole, Steph Bailey and the stunning Stephanie Jones & Gillian Catlow, who would have been on the Burnley/Colne buses at that time !
Simon Baldwin, Tony Hewitson, Simon Ward,Connie Baron, my brother, Joe (in Canada now), Dave O’Rourke, Linus Reid, Paul Aspden ......

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Post by Hazzyclaret1955 » Sat May 23, 2020 10:03 am

Nice to see so many QEGS clarets, understandable given the catchment area. I was there 1966-73 and never got much stick being a Burnley fan, but we were the better team in that era. Must have been hard in the late 80s and 90s.

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Post by ChrisG » Sat May 23, 2020 10:31 am

Hazzyclaret1955 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:03 am
Nice to see so many QEGS clarets, understandable given the catchment area. I was there 1966-73 and never got much stick being a Burnley fan, but we were the better team in that era. Must have been hard in the late 80s and 90s.
Is was hard work in 95 when we went down and they won the league...

We had a decent footy team in our year too. I was in the Blackburn and Darwen cup winning team, we had Andy Bell and Chris Porter at our disposal mind.

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Post by Winstonswhite » Sat May 23, 2020 10:35 am

I was there 89-94 and it was tough with Jack Walker just taking over but we had a couple of promotions so a good rivalry even though massively outnumbered!
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Post by Pimlico_Claret » Sat May 23, 2020 11:40 am

There was a ginger lad in my year, 78-84, who's dad was big on the board of Rovers but also the Football League I think. He died whilst this lad was at school I think, and there was an attempted minutes silence at the Turf which was anything but.

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Post by Pimlico_Claret » Sat May 23, 2020 11:42 am

Btw Holmeclaret I was a big pal of your little brother Joe, spent many a happy hour round at your house.
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Post by bodge » Sat May 23, 2020 11:55 am

As captain of the famous West Craven High School cricket team i particularly enjoyed turning QEGS over in the Harold Bailey Trophy circa 1980 with Paul Cocker as QEGS captain, another Brian Woodhead protege at Cherry Tree, as mentioned already, top bloke was Brian and played against him many times for Earby.

This would be just after when Kevin Hayes came through i would think.

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Post by Holmeclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 12:33 pm

bodge wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:55 am
As captain of the famous West Craven High School cricket team i particularly enjoyed turning QEGS over in the Harold Bailey Trophy circa 1980 with Paul Cocker as QEGS captain, another Brian Woodhead protege at Cherry Tree, as mentioned already, top bloke was Brian and played against him many times for Earby.

This would be just after when Kevin Hayes came through i would think.
Paul was actually Brian’s stepson. Brian was a brilliant PE and geography teacher.

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Post by bodge » Sat May 23, 2020 12:42 pm

Thanks for clarifying Holmeclaret, thought he was but didn't want to put it without being 100%.

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Post by ChrisG » Sat May 23, 2020 12:44 pm

Barry Kilby's lad Stephen was in the year above me.

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Post by CoolClaret » Sat May 23, 2020 2:15 pm

2004-09 OB here, the last few years of it being a great School.

Great memories

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Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 2:36 pm

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Really pleased to hear that, and yes, he was in my year, and class. I would never have remembered his real name, as we always referred to him as Fatman, politically incorrect I know.
This was the Blackburn Rugby Club Colts Front Row from 1983, at a reunion in 2017. David Hayes ( Kevin's brother ) and David " Fats " Newman, flanking Paul Harling, an Accrington lad who went on serve in the Para's ! As the legendary Bill McLaren would have said, " You'd need dynamite or the Highland Light Infantry to shift them ! ". To give it some scale, the little chap in the middle is 5'10" and 14 stone ! All in their mid fifties now, but I still wouldn't go out of my way to p**s them off !! :lol: :lol:
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Post by shulgin » Sat May 23, 2020 3:04 pm

A few proper Clarets in my year. Me, Ric C, Benny Holden to name a few. Remember that away trip to Exeter and an overnighter in Torquay when 17 with Ric C. Ah, the naivety of youth 😂 Plus the top man and teacher that is Peter Doc Halstead now has a season ticket in front of us.

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Post by Holmeclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 4:57 pm

shulgin wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 3:04 pm
A few proper Clarets in my year. Me, Ric C, Benny Holden to name a few. Remember that away trip to Exeter and an overnighter in Torquay when 17 with Ric C. Ah, the naivety of youth 😂 Plus the top man and teacher that is Peter Doc Halstead now has a season ticket in front of us.
Because school was in Blackburn,I once hired a van from a Blackburn based company for an away match. What I didn’t realise that the vans themselves had the address of the hirers and Blackburn in big capitals across the back and the sides. I realised the mistake on the motorway, getting plenty of abuse from clarets travelling by car to the match. Not a mistake that I ever repeated.
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Post by kaptin1 » Sat May 23, 2020 5:57 pm

I was watching an episode of Brassic the other night and the opening scene was shot in QEGS

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Post by Pimlico_Claret » Sat May 23, 2020 6:01 pm

kaptin1 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:57 pm
I was watching an episode of Brassic the other night and the opening scene was shot in QEGS
New series?

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Post by CoolClaret » Sat May 23, 2020 7:11 pm

I was conversing with some of my old pals from school today about houses!

I was in Hawkins, you know, the best one, the Gold & Red!... Can you guys remember yours?

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Post by Pimlico_Claret » Sat May 23, 2020 7:42 pm

CoolClaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:11 pm
I was conversing with some of my old pals from school today about houses!

I was in Hawkins, you know, the best one, the Gold & Red!... Can you guys remember yours?
Grenville - salmon pink stripe on the new tie which I never wore, stuck with the old red n blue one.

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Post by ChrisG » Sat May 23, 2020 7:49 pm

CoolClaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:11 pm
I was conversing with some of my old pals from school today about houses!

I was in Hawkins, you know, the best one, the Gold & Red!... Can you guys remember yours?
As per my picture above, I was Raleigh, house football champions 1999.

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Post by ChrisG » Sat May 23, 2020 7:50 pm

kaptin1 wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:57 pm
I was watching an episode of Brassic the other night and the opening scene was shot in QEGS
Yes! I spotted that, ran from top quad down to entrance of the Queen's Wing

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 7:52 pm

My goodness. So many stories and names from my time at QEGS.Went to Horncliffe 74 to 77, Jack Wade mentioned earlier taught me there. Then main school 77 to 84. All the stories of Prod. My goodnes! As a 1st year I had the misfortune of being in his music group. I remember being sat in an oval sweating buckets as he proceeded to stamp around the room listening to every note you tried to sing. Such a tyrant and bully to an 11year old. Best days of my school days were in 6th form. Fred Bury, what a man got me in after I had basically made a mess if my O levels. PFJ wanted me to go back into 5th year again but Fred made sure I went into 6th form with my peers. Ended up in Waffles {Colin Haworth) group. Happy days. Jimmy Grogan another legend. Fats was in my Economics class and was a good lad. Remember him going out with Christine Kay daughter of Eric Kay physics head. Pimlico. I think the red haired lad you refer to whose dad was on board at Rovers could well have been Ian Brown. His dad was David and he was chairman at the time before Bill Fox. He didn't die though still with us today. I was quite pally with Ian. I could I'd course be in the wrong person. We had been at Westholme from age 4 but he failed for QEGS but came at start of 3rd year.

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Post by Pimlico_Claret » Sat May 23, 2020 8:31 pm

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:52 pm
My goodness. So many stories and names from my time at QEGS.Went to Horncliffe 74 to 77, Jack Wade mentioned earlier taught me there. Then main school 77 to 84. All the stories of Prod. My goodnes! As a 1st year I had the misfortune of being in his music group. I remember being sat in an oval sweating buckets as he proceeded to stamp around the room listening to every note you tried to sing. Such a tyrant and bully to an 11year old. Best days of my school days were in 6th form. Fred Bury, what a man got me in after I had basically made a mess if my O levels. PFJ wanted me to go back into 5th year again but Fred made sure I went into 6th form with my peers. Ended up in Waffles {Colin Haworth) group. Happy days. Jimmy Grogan another legend. Fats was in my Economics class and was a good lad. Remember him going out with Christine Kay daughter of Eric Kay physics head. Pimlico. I think the red haired lad you refer to whose dad was on board at Rovers could well have been Ian Brown. His dad was David and he was chairman at the time before Bill Fox. He didn't die though still with us today. I was quite pally with Ian. I could I'd course be in the wrong person. We had been at Westholme from age 4 but he failed for QEGS but came at start of 3rd year.
Sounds like you could have been in my year?

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 8:34 pm

Yes you were. We were in the same class in 3rd year. Its Nigel from Clitheroe
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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 9:28 pm

Coolclaret. I was in Howard. Minne Carson was our house head

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 9:29 pm

Coolclaret. I was in Howard. Minne Carson was our house head

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Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 10:46 pm

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:52 pm
My goodness. So many stories and names from my time at QEGS.Went to Horncliffe 74 to 77, Jack Wade mentioned earlier taught me there. Then main school 77 to 84. All the stories of Prod. My goodnes! As a 1st year I had the misfortune of being in his music group. I remember being sat in an oval sweating buckets as he proceeded to stamp around the room listening to every note you tried to sing. Such a tyrant and bully to an 11year old. Best days of my school days were in 6th form. Fred Bury, what a man got me in after I had basically made a mess if my O levels. PFJ wanted me to go back into 5th year again but Fred made sure I went into 6th form with my peers. Ended up in Waffles {Colin Haworth) group. Happy days. Jimmy Grogan another legend. Fats was in my Economics class and was a good lad. Remember him going out with Christine Kay daughter of Eric Kay physics head. Pimlico. I think the red haired lad you refer to whose dad was on board at Rovers could well have been Ian Brown. His dad was David and he was chairman at the time before Bill Fox. He didn't die though still with us today. I was quite pally with Ian. I could I'd course be in the wrong person. We had been at Westholme from age 4 but he failed for QEGS but came at start of 3rd year.
My sister, Elizabeth Rawson, was in your 6th form year and Christine Kay now lives in Australia, I believe.

Jack Longstaff has now joined Eric Whittle, Stuart Ingham, Eric Kay, Fred Bury, Jack Monk, Colin Haworth and Fred Dewhurst ( among others ) in the great staff room in the sky ! He'd probably have a word or two for the " Celestial choir " , as well ....

Dave Newman, or " The Fatman " as he was known, played U19's Club Rugby, when he'd just turned 15, it would never be allowed now. In those days, it was nothing like School Rugby, more like the " wild west ", punching and stamping were common and you had to do something pretty bad to get sent off, even at youth level !
At 54, he's recently been for a " well man " check at his GP's with the Practice Nurse. His bloods came back fine, as did his Blood Pressure and Cholesterol readings. Nurse then consults her BMI charts, and says that his weight should really be about 14 stone. " Ah yes " Dave " replied, " I
used to be 14 stone " ..... " Really ? When was the last time you weighed that, Mr Newman ? " ...... " When I was 14 ! ", came the deadpan response .. :D

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 10:53 pm

Yes I remember Elizabeth and I've seen her around in Clitheroe once or twice and had a quick chat. What year were you in? A couple of years above us? I remember a Rawson who played rugby at school with Fats and my year. Does Andy Whalley sound familiar?

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Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 10:54 pm

CoolClaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 7:11 pm
I was conversing with some of my old pals from school today about houses! I was in Hawkins, you know, the best one, the Gold & Red!... Can you guys remember yours?
Frobisher ..... head and shoulders above the others :D

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Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 11:07 pm

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:53 pm
Yes I remember Elizabeth and I've seen her around in Clitheroe once or twice and had a quick chat. What year were you in? A couple of years above us? I remember a Rawson who played rugby at school with Fats and my year. Does Andy Whalley sound familiar?
That's me, I was two years ahead of you with Fat's brother, Alastair Newman. We were each other's " best men " in 1989 !
I know Elizabeth's run into " Pimlico " a few times in Clitheroe, no surprise as she lives on Pimlico Road ....

I see Andy Whalley quite regularly, he's living in Oswaldtwistle & his son Jack still plays at Blackburn. Mike Heathcote is a good friend, now chef proprietor at the " Higher Buck " in Waddington. He was your year I think, as were Andy Stenton, Andy Birkett, Roger Holmes and Graeme Tindall, from memory. Hope you're keeping safe and well !

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 11:11 pm

Some real characters in that list of teachers there Clarets4me. Always thought Fred Bury should've been head permanently after Mr Coulson died. He was a really good guy. Hard but very fair as highlighted in your story earlier. Btw, that guy you had a fight with wasn't Harry Aspdens son was it?

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Post by Bacupboy » Sat May 23, 2020 11:12 pm

Jack Longstaff was after my time at QEGS. The Dewhurst mentioned was Fred Dewhurst who I seem to remember was a good cricketer and I think played for Salesbury. I hate to bring this up, but because most pupils supported Rovers, I started watching them. they had ju been promoted to Div 1 (1958/9 if my memory serves me right)

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Post by Bacupboy » Sat May 23, 2020 11:19 pm

Re claret tim's comments regarding throwing the hard board duster, Bill Procter once threw at me the wooden box that housed the duster. It hit me on the head, and literally could have killed me. Bill took me on one side afterwards to make sure that I was not hurt. I think he realised that he had been lucky he had not seriously injured me.

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sat May 23, 2020 11:32 pm

Ah yes all clearer now. I'm Nigel Broadley . Please give my best wishes to Elizabeth and also Andy when you next see him. I do see Mick H about but I doubt think he recognises me. I must make myself known to him. He was in Waffles group with me. Still see Graham Tindall too around town. Good to catch up and take care, keep safe yourself. Btw are you connected to Blackburn rugby club? I only ask as you would no doubt know John Watson, wallpaper people. He was anold friend and associate of my fathers.

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Post by Clarets4me » Sat May 23, 2020 11:44 pm

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:11 pm
Some real characters in that list of teachers there Clarets4me. Always thought Fred Bury should've been head permanently after Mr Coulson died. He was a really good guy. Hard but very fair as highlighted in your story earlier. Btw, that guy you had a fight with wasn't Harry Aspdens son was it?
No, another Aspden ! Common Blackburn name, and as I said, I had no issues with him afterwards, we all did damn stupid things when we were younger ... Funnily enough, I've today had a F/B message from Phil, Harry Aspden's son, which cleared up the " Aspden's Bus's " issue. The Bus Company were owned by Jack & Fred Aspden, and had the QEGS contract, as we remember. Harry Aspden was not related to them, but he was paid extra by the School to book & co-ordinate the school transport system, not only the daily service but to sports fixtures, school trips etc ! The fact they had the same surname was just a coincidence ...

I 100% agree with you about Fred Berry ! As for PFJ, he might have had letters after his name, and had a seat on the lay-synod of the Church of England, but his people skills were dire. He was instrumental in getting " The life of Brian " banned from Blackburn cinema's, which just made people more determined to see it .... :roll:

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Post by ChrisG » Sun May 24, 2020 12:02 am

There was a Phil Aspden in my year too

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Post by prettygreenclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 12:06 am

Think Phil Aspden, Harry's son was year above me.

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Post by Clarets4me » Sun May 24, 2020 12:18 am

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Ah yes all clearer now. I'm Nigel Broadley . Please give my best wishes to Elizabeth and also Andy when you next see him. I do see Mick H about but I doubt think he recognises me. I must make myself known to him. He was in Waffles group with me. Still see Graham Tindall too around town. Good to catch up and take care, keep safe yourself. Btw are you connected to Blackburn rugby club? I only ask as you would no doubt know John Watson, wallpaper people. He was an old friend and associate of my fathers.
Ah, OK ! Will do ...
I've been a member at Blackburn Rugby Club for just over 40 years, and I know John Watson, more to say hello to, than anything else ! His daughter Debbie and I had a few dates " back in the day " . He seemed in fine form the last time I saw him, just before the curtailment ... He's part of a group of blokes in their 70's who support the Club religously, known affectionately as the " Elite Athletes ", despite their various ailments !
We seem to be lucky with " Wallpaper " people ..... Roger and Andy Graham are great supporters of the Club also.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Clarets4me » Sun May 24, 2020 12:45 am

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:06 am
Think Phil Aspden, Harry's son was year above me.
Correct, the year below me !

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Holmeclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 8:19 am

I was in Hawkins and Jimmy Grogan was our house master. Jimmy was one of two teachers during my time at QEGS who hit me and, in Jimmy’s case, I was certainly asking for it! Fred Raby was the the other. Chalk and blackboard dusters missed narrowly from time to time from Harry Aspden and others.
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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Holmeclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 8:31 am

Looking back we had some great nicknames for our teachers:
Tim Heavisides - Tulip
Mr. Howarth - Waffle (obviously)
Mr Iddon - Noddi (Iddon spelt backwards)
Killer Watson
Mr Petford - pet food ( not so imaginative)
Chisel ( can’t remember his real name)
Dr Cantrell - Gothbeard
Sea god - bearded Latin teacher from Burnley- name eludes me
Dr. Everton - Sammy
Mrs Adams - Fanny Adams
Mr. Hughes - Biscuit

Lots were known of course by their first names; Jimmy, Brian, Jack, Fred etc.

There must have been many more but these always bring a nostalgic smile to my face.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by prettygreenclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 8:47 am

Some names there Holme. Still hear Biscuit on Radio Lancs from time to time. Btw I knew your brother,he was in my year. He was friends with a mate of my mine Eugene Bari (Baz) but he left after 5th year. I remember seeing you on the old Longside back in the early 80's if I remember correctly.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Holmeclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 8:56 am

prettygreenclaret wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:47 am
Some names there Holme. Still hear Biscuit on Radio Lancs from time to time. Btw I knew your brother,he was in my year. He was friends with a mate of my mine Eugene Bari (Baz) but he left after 5th year. I remember seeing you on the old Longside back in the early 80's if I remember correctly.
Very likely, prettygreen. I moved from the Longside to the Cricket Field later in the 80’s.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by prettygreenclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 9:21 am

I'm in Cricketfield these days.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Hedontplayforyou » Sun May 24, 2020 9:42 am

Jim Grogan still wishes me happy birthday via social media every year, and Regina Arkwright used to love next door to my grandma.

I was particularly bad at artwork but my grandma was top notch. This led to me being outed by Mrs Arkwright when I presented her with the most professional looking drawing/painting of an orange she had ever seen - a week after being presented with my previous drawing - which look as if I had done it on the bus journey into school.

She reported this as great work Jean (Grandma) and keep up the good work - chuckled and we moved along.

Jim Grogan deployed me as a sweeper in the 4th year football team where he constantly gave me MOM awards , more than likely due to the bad centre halves on front of me but I took them willingly.

Also I remember going to Filbert street to watch a cup final including Chris Porter up front to whoever mentioned this earlier . I also attended the final at the now King Power Stadium.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Veals » Sun May 24, 2020 9:52 am

Clarets4me wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 9:20 pm
Brian was great, very involved in local Cricket, especially at Cherry Tree CC ....

Jack Longstaff, Eric Whittle, Eric Kay, Harry Aspden, Robin Taylor & Jack Monk were " old school ", whereas most of the younger teachers were somewhat more progressive .... Dave Hopkinson, Tim Heavisides etc.
Crikey, that list brings back some memories. I was there between 1990-97 so didn't see prod. Mr Whittle used to have crazy wavy hair and we'd joke that surfers would love to have a go on it. Harry Aspden absolutely terrified me and Robin Taylor tried to give me a dressing down when I returned as a 19yr old to see a former teacher, starting his rant with 'Boyyyy!' Strange man. I remember Dave Hop and some of the other teachers used the makeshift politics staff room as a smoking den. Tim Heavisides was my form teacher for a couple of years during 4th/5th yr. We never really liked him and gave him a hard time, but looking back he was probably a decent guy.

I always remember the school calendar we were given that had a list of teachers in it. Every one of them had a multitude of letters before or after their names apart from "Mr B. Woodhead"... like he should be greatful to be listed mongst such great company. Good teacher though!

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by Holmeclaret » Sun May 24, 2020 10:24 am

Clarets4me wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 10:46 pm
My sister, Elizabeth Rawson, was in your 6th form year and Christine Kay now lives in Australia, I believe.

Jack Longstaff has now joined Eric Whittle, Stuart Ingham, Eric Kay, Fred Bury, Jack Monk, Colin Haworth and Fred Dewhurst ( among others ) in the great staff room in the sky ! He'd probably have a word or two for the " Celestial choir " , as well ....

Dave Newman, or " The Fatman " as he was known, played U19's Club Rugby, when he'd just turned 15, it would never be allowed now. In those days, it was nothing like School Rugby, more like the " wild west ", punching and stamping were common and you had to do something pretty bad to get sent off, even at youth level !
At 54, he's recently been for a " well man " check at his GP's with the Practice Nurse. His bloods came back fine, as did his Blood Pressure and Cholesterol readings. Nurse then consults her BMI charts, and says that his weight should really be about 14 stone. " Ah yes " Dave " replied, " I
used to be 14 stone " ..... " Really ? When was the last time you weighed that, Mr Newman ? " ...... " When I was 14 ! ", came the deadpan response .. :D
Jack Monk, now there was an old school teacher you’d never want to cross. After delivering corporal punishment to my brother on one occasion, he complemented him for having taken it like a man. They had a great relationship after that with lots of mutual respect.

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Re: TJ Jack Longstaff - QEGS

Post by ClaretTim » Sun May 24, 2020 10:39 am

Holmeclaret wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 8:31 am
Looking back we had some great nicknames for our teachers:
Tim Heavisides - Tulip
Mr. Howarth - Waffle (obviously)
Mr Iddon - Noddi (Iddon spelt backwards)
Killer Watson
Mr Petford - pet food ( not so imaginative)
Chisel ( can’t remember his real name)
Dr Cantrell - Gothbeard
Sea god - bearded Latin teacher from Burnley- name eludes me
Dr. Everton - Sammy
Mrs Adams - Fanny Adams
Mr. Hughes - Biscuit

Lots were known of course by their first names; Jimmy, Brian, Jack, Fred etc.

There must have been many more but these always bring a nostalgic smile to my face.

Sea God....Mr Brown?

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