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Having Been Born In About 1939 What Happened To These Bright Young Things?

June 2, 2014 5 comments

Browsing through the old papers I came across the names of twelve local children that won a grammar school place in 1950:

[List 1] D Barkes, J A Craggs, M C Gray, M J Stoddart, I Watson and J Whittaker, All of these won a place at the Johnston Grammar.

With the exception of J A Craggs [New Brancepeth County Mixed] the rest had attended Ushaw Moor County Mixed.

[List 2] J R Colwell [New Brancepeth], E Hope[ Ushaw Moor], A Kavanagh [Ushaw Moor], A McPherson [Ushaw Moor], R Syson [New Brancepeth], and E Aberdeen [probably New Brancepeth]. They all won a place at Durham Girl’s Grammar.

Most, if not all, would have taken their General Certificate Of Education in circa 1955. Having said that quite a few pupils nationwide left grammar school at 15, some for economic reasons.l It was not an easy examination for sixteen year old pupils, especially when you consider it was designed for about the top 20 per cent of school children.

M Gray is probably the lad that wrote a play about the Norse gods. It was performed in the Durham Johnston school hall . He may well be the Rev. Melvyn Gray, sometime of the Department of Theology Durham University. Went to school with John Graham?  

Noodles reported in January that a Kavanagh family lived in Hall Avenue near the Seed family.

Peter Clarke reported in July 2011 that a McPherson family lived in Victoria Court and that they were all tall and with blonde hair. Same family as our named pupil and with a  John and Derek within the family?





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