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Alex Patterson 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hi Mike and George,
Ooooooops!!! Sorry George for accusing you of being a new name. Something was niggling me this morning, while watching Sunderland take a drubbing from Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace. The Toon Army should be careful what they wish for. Anyhow I decided to do a search on your (George's) name to see that you have been a frequent contributor. I can blame my advancing years...why not?
Alex Patterson
Sun 12-Apr-2015 01:34 - Montreal, Canada
Alex Patterson, 46 - 51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello Mike,
Nice to see a letter from a new name, George Connett. By the way George, the Old Timers might include Shearer, Giggs, Beckham and Gerrard!!!
When I was in England last year, I took a drive up to the school and managed to take a couple of decent photos notwithstanding the locked gates and ubiquitous CCTV cameras. One of the photos was of the school as I remembered it, mainly by judicious cropping to cut out the new bits. Another was of the Ofsted banner, declaring the school, “Outstanding in Every Category” The categories were ‘Achievement of Pupils’, Quality of Teaching’, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils’ and ‘Leadership and Management’. Not bad things in which to be outstanding. So I was feeling quite proud of the my old school, particularly when accompanied by my daughter and two of my grandchildren. They all loved the older building...Mallory Towers and St. Trinians-ish and imagined it must have been fabulous to have attended such a school; for me it was.
One of the other photos I took was that of the school sign...Harton Technology College, Executive Head Teacher, Sir Ken Gibson, B.A.(Hons), M.Ed., NLE. I think it was Bruce who asked a while ago why it was “Executive Head Teacher”. I don’t remember seeing an answer. Is there an “Academic Head Master” or any other type of Head Master? Anyhow, “Congrats, Sir Ken and keep up the good work.”
Another part of the school sign read “hart6n, innovation & progression” and it’s not a misprint, it is a ‘6‘ instead of an ‘o‘ in the first word. What does it mean? My bam has never been so boozled.
The weather here is finally changing...we’re above zero...although I still have ice and snow in the garden, but the pouring rain today should help get rid of that.
Regards from a warmish, rainy Montreal
Alex Patterson
Fri 10-Apr-2015 18:58 - Montreal, Canada
George Connett | georgejamesconnett~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Thanks Alex for reminding me about the old timers Good Friday match at Horsley Hill Stadium. I used to go with my dad, happy happy days , memories that will live forever in my heart.
Sat 4-Apr-2015 11:29 - south shields
Alex Patterson | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Happy Easter Mike and readers.
Are you all off to the Parade and then to Horsley Hill to see the Old Timers...aah happy days. We're having 10cm to 15 cm of snow tomorrow.
Regards from a cool Montreal.
Fri 3-Apr-2015 13:40 - Montreal, Canada
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I'd been thinking that when visiting my kids school they all had lockers with padlocks, We all had a home classroom & wooden lift top desks where I kept books etc. Don't recall anything being stolen., except a stamp album given to me by my Uncle Joe who was a merchant marine captain, it was loaded with old stamps from all over the world. So I went to join Arnold Joseph's philatelic club, I had left it on a sill outside the class for about two minutes, went to pick it up & it was gone I chased all over to no avail. so to the thief who stole it " I want it back, if you are still alive" ED.
Tue 24-Mar-2015 10:52 - Snowy PEI Canada
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
May I join in with the others of the old brigade of regular contributors to the Guestbook in feeling disheartened by the passing of Michael Lawrenson.

As has been said, not only did he make valuable comments of his own he could also be depended on to respond to one-on-one correspondence in clarification of issues, always in a positive and light-hearted manner. A few years ago when I enquired about the impact of the severe snows of 1947 on the High School (I was still at Harton Juniors) he was quick to elicit replies from a number of the others.

Our contact may have been - quite literally - ethereal but he will be missed.
Mon 9-Mar-2015 19:33 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Eric Moyse 1947 to 1954 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Sorry to hear about Michael Lawrenson. He was a very nice guy.
Thu 5-Mar-2015 10:22 - United Kingdom
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello Mike

I have just finished speaking to Alex on the telephone and he informed me of Michael Lawrenson's passing. I had not visited the Guestbook for a while so Alex's news came as a shock,even though I knew Michael had been having health problems for some time. Like Alex I have enjoyed an ongoing conversation with Michael over the years. His emails were always entertaining and witty. I shall miss the connection very much.
Michael was a quiet, scholarly boy at Harton Junior School, which we both attended from 1942 to 1946, before moving on to the High School in the September of '46. As Alex noted, we were in different forms for the duration of our time at the High, so we were all engrossed in the the affairs of our own form, with little interaction with others, apart from sports afternoons. So it was a pleasant surprise to hear from Michael again after so many years, via the Guestbook.
One fact that never occurred to me at the time, but became immediately apparent when Michael casually mentioned his uncle, who for a while, was our English teacher, Mr Lawrenson. The connection was immediate. Mr Lawrenson was a quiet, unassuming teacher, at times given to a funny anecdote. I think we felt he liked us, and we liked him.
Although I have never met Michael's family, I have become familiar with their names over the years, thanks to our email conversations, so I hope Fiona and the children will accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of their loving husband and father.
Wed 4-Mar-2015 02:48 - Victoria BC.
Alex Patterson '46 - '51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Hello, Mike,
I was saddened by the news of Michael Lawrenson’s death. It was such a shock to me; we last corresponded in December. We were contemporaries in school, but never talked or met each other. It was one of those things, we gravitated to certain people in the first few days and generally interacted with them throughout our school lives.
I really only got to know Michael through the Guest Book in response to one of his letters. We seemed to connect and ultimately corresponded off-site from time to time. His memory for detail always surprised me. He seemed to be able to recall the smallest detail of any topic we discussed and in doing so clarified my somewhat blurred image of the same event...and triggered off my own memories and engendered a renewed interest in my own schooldays..
We always planned to meet up some day at Minchella’s in Ocean Road to attack a couple of Knickerbocker Glories. Unfortunately that never came about. At the first attempt, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted, leaving me stranded in Paris for three days, overlapping our scheduled ice-cream. The second attempt was cancelled due to an emergency return to Canada. So, sadly, we never did meet in person; we never spoke.
But I like to think that I gained an impression of him through his e-mails to me and his letters to the Guest Book. If you knew him, you should do a search on ‘Lawrenson’ in the GB and you’ll be interested in what he had to say. He was one of the more generous contributors, either introducing a new topic or clarifying another. I’ll miss that, because he was always interesting. We found that we had many things in common, one of which was the Goon Show. When I lived in Los Angeles, I came across a book of the Goon Show scripts in a was fairly dog-eared, my children used to read the various characters’ lines until they became too grown up for it. I sent it to Michael and he thanked me profusely for it.
To me he was a kindly man, with love for his family and his fellow man and I feel that I have lost a dear, dear friend. I am sure that those who knew him better than I did feel the same way. My great and lasting regret is that we didn’t manage to meet up with each other. My condolences are extended to his family and friends.

Requiescat in pace, Michael,

Tue 3-Mar-2015 02:37 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Brian Lawrenson | b~DOT~lawrenson~AT~lineone~DOT~net
As already reported, my cousin Mike Lawrenson died peacefully in hospital early on Thursday morning 26th February after a short illness. He will rest in the cemetery in Falkland, Fife, not far from his home. We last saw him at Hogmanay, when he and I gave a spirited rendering of The Blaydon Races and The Lambton Worm with my son Andrew playing along on his Northumbrian Smallpipes. Mike was very-much liked by all of the Lawrensons (and the McLeans) and he will be sorely missed.
Sat 28-Feb-2015 23:15 - Fife, Scotland

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