Pupils enjoyed last days at Brownlow

Children beneath the pear tree at Brownlow Infants.
Children beneath the pear tree at Brownlow Infants.
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CHILDREN at Brownlow Infants enjoyed their final few months at the school in 1938.

The children are stood beneath a huge pear tree at the school, which once stood on the corner of Finkin Street and Castlegate.

The photo was sent in by Howard Imber of Longcliffe Road. He said: “The school was closed in the Spring of 1939. The majority of pupils transferred to the newly-built Harrowby Infants School in New Beacon Road in April of that year.

“Sadly though, the war began in September and there were those of us who could not run home in three minutes after the air raid siren sounded!

“We were moved to schools nearer our homes. I was transferred, in September 1939, to Little Gonerby School. A splendid school but without the lovely modern classrooms and excellent outdoor facilities we had so enjoyed at Harrowby Infants.

“I was, though, to return to that school many years later - as a school governor.”

Pictured: (under the tree) Tony Hook, Bobby Dougall and Howard Imber. Others included: Joyce Rice, Agnes Healey, Lucy Dixon, Michael Matsell, Keith Allen, Geoffrey Winter, John Hodson, Arthur Chappell, Janet Lee, William Smart, John Wright, Elsa Ryder, Harry Nicholson, Geoffrey Rushby and Eric Wilson.