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Guestbook - January 2010

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[31 JAN 10] BROAD STREET School
  I attended Broad Street School from 1957- til 1961.

The memories I have are kind of mixed. I remember getting the cane over the back of my hand twice by a woman teacher, for looking out of the window into the boys school yard in our 15 minute break time. I was actually looking for my brother who attended the same school but we were separated by a wall.

Another smacking was by a man teacher who slapped my skinny little legs for talking when I was told to keep quiet. He looked at me with pity afterwards, probably hurt him more than it hurt me, but he had to carry out his duties.

I remember a Miss Cooper, she wore her hair in what we called wireless coils, had the same grey-blue dress on every day and wore brown lace up shoes. She appeared strict, but seldom scolded pupils. The tone of her voice was enough to keep us in check. She selected me for the school choir, so of course, I loved her forever after that. Maybe the only person of my schooldays, that believed in me.

There was a Miss Cross, and cross she was too. She shouted at me and asked where my manners were, when I walked in front of the blackboard instead of behind it, when calling in to her class to get my dinner money from my sister. I was just 5 years old and it was my first day at school.
Those were the days I guess.
CONTACT Brenda Halkjaer
 
[23 JAN 10] Pridmore Road School
  I went to Pridmore Road School from 1943-48.

Although bombed (before my time there), the section that fronted Pridmore Road was completely intact. I assume the section that was bombed was the other end of the playground along Guild Road. A temporary building stood there, which, if I remember correctly, served as the Canteen. I didn't stay for dinners as I lived in Pridmore Road.

It's funny that after all this time, I still remember the teachers' names. The Head Teacher was a Mrs Walker. The teachers I remember were Miss Bownes (later to become Mrs Thompson), Mrs Simpson, Mrs Storer and the final year a Miss Rowden (who became Mrs Cooper). Mrs Cooper was an excellent teacher, who brought out the best in every pupil (she managed to get me through an Eleven-plus anyway).

Although there was a war on during the first couple of years, children of that age assumed that was the usual way of things, never having been old enough to know anything different. Luckily,my family arrived in Coventry after the Blitz. My father was sent there from Daventry as bakers were needed in Coventry.

I often wonder how many families actually moved TO Coventry during the war. I seemed to get Evacuation in reverse.
CONTACT Bob Green

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