Spent the day rehearsing our headmaster’s leaving presentation and listening to Nik Kershaw and Harold Faltermeyer.
OLD DIARY ENTRIES…
[Sadly, in June 1981, after lots of business hassle, we were forced to move again and leave Leeds. I was quite upset about saying farewell to my then best friend, Ian Shackleton, and I still miss him sometimes.
Mum and George had to find jobs and somewhere to live, very quickly. Castleford came up trumps and we moved into the Trades and Labour Club (not far from Beancroft Road and Ashton Street). I hated it there. The school - previously attended by sculptor Henry Moore and also attended by my dear friends Flash and Elbow (not that I knew it then) - was awful; all the kids took snuff!). Fortunately we only lived there for two weeks, because, on July 16th 1981, my parents took over The Bell in Pontefract.
It was the summer of 1981, and I returned to my old school for the remainder of the term before we graduated to High School. I became re-acquainted with my old friends (including Birdy and Pickle) and made lots of new ones (Make-Up, Arundel, Joanne Watson, Shelly Watson). School was never brilliant. I had lots of fights with kids (including our Jeff) who wanted to prove their ‘hardness’ on a passive and pacifist target, but home life was great (ish) and I had some good times with the Watson sisters…
– Ritcherd, 1990]
This time 4 years ago:
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