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Eric Moyse
Has something gone wrong? We have blue lines instead of messages.
Sun 2-Dec-2018 10:15
Mike Todd
Alan - I'll send you an email - because of the way that the security works, it isn't possible for users to change their email.
Sun 21-Oct-2018 13:19
Alan Whittaker(53-59) | alan~DOT~diwhittaker~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi,does anyone know how to change an email address? Mine is out of date but I can't find a mechanism to update
Sun 21-Oct-2018 11:36 - TA21 0QZ
Mike Todd
Hi Bruce - yes they kept that east block (which was used for libraries and a 6th form study area in the 60s). In fact they kept all of the old buildings that existed when they started work (except for the extra buildings in the playground). You can see the progress over the decades at
Mon 17-Sep-2018 10:07
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Having watched the Great North Run on TV a week ago, and seen the aerial shots of our old school site in part of the coverage, I went onto Google Maps Street view to see what I could recall from all those years ago.

The surrounding streets are very familiar and I could just about make out the central structure of the original school but the rest reflects the amount of investment that has been put into what is now the "Harton Academy". One of the original; buildings that seems to have survived is the block to the East that in the 1950s housed the woodwork and metalwork rooms.

But all of those cars.

I am acutely aware of this as my granddaughter, now approaching 18 has passed her driving test and now drives to school for her final year of A Levels.

Quite a change.
Sun 16-Sep-2018 16:40 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Edward Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
Was just thinking back 81 years when I first went to the High School, the second year it opened & as I only lived close by in Lisle Rd. I kept the cricket gear, each form had a net & we all got to school early to bang the ball about. Two years later the war started. My younger brother Billy by six years joined, was wondering if anyone remembers him. He died about 10 years ago.
Sat 25-Aug-2018 19:34 - PEI Canada
Neale Backhouse 1946-1951 | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Dodds.
I passed through Harton Infants and Junior Schools with Bill . I remember he alternated with Maurice Ridley as top boy in the A form, right through Junior School. After Juniors we were all in the same form at the High School, where Maurice and Bill continued their excellent work. I might claim consciensious plodder status by comparison.

At Westoe rugby club, Bill and I spent several years packing down in the scrum, trying to make sense of the proceedings.

After coming to Canada I'm afraid I lost track of all my contemporaries from those early years, so that hearing of Bill's passing is a shock, as my recollection of Bill will always be of a fit young man in the prime of life.

Rest in peace old friend.
Mon 16-Apr-2018 04:20 - Victoria BC
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Eric Moyse's memories of the winter of 1947 bring back some of my own earlest recollections of those years. Of course for most of the younger readers of this Visitor Book - if there are any (probably all like Mr Trump "Tweeting") - this is all history, Rationing, what was that?

For the record, when the blizzard began I set out for my Harton Junior School and got there only to be turned back when the school was closed. My journey back to Quarry Lane was difficult at the beginning but the ascent of Kyffin View was horrendous.
I have to say, though, that the sledging on the said Kyffin View after the storm had abated was fantastic. No cars on the roads in those days.
Fri 13-Apr-2018 20:10 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Regular contributors to this Guestbook will be sad to learn of the passing of Bill Dodds who died suddenly on 3rd April. He was in the same school year as Neil, Alec and me and afterwards he became a highly-respected notary and solicitor in the town. I knew him mainly through rugby. We both played for Westoe (as did Neil)and he then became an esteemed member of the Committe, fulfilling many offices over many years. His funeral is scheduled to take place next Friday, 13th April at South Shields and there is a short obituary, which scarcely does him justice, on the rugby club website.
Sun 8-Apr-2018 10:12 - Reading Berkshire
Eric Moyse | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
The recent cold weather and snowstorms caused me to have a look through these archives for mention of the great winter of 1947. There are 5 such messages but my recollections do not seem to be there. So here goes: On the morning of the great snowfall I struggled to St Mary's Ave only to be told that the school was closed. I struggled back to my home on the Cleadon Park Estate and then, being bored, called for my contemporaries Brian King and Geordie Kettle who lived nearby. We slid our way to Cleadon Hills, where the snow had piled up to about 20 feet against the waterworks wall. One of us, either Brian or Geordie, promptly fell into a drift and disappeared. Somehow, we dug him out and he emerged unscathed but well soaked. Being eleven-year olds we thought nothing of it but it could well have ended in tragedy. No health and safety then!
Tue 20-Mar-2018 10:42 - Reading Berkshire

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