My early education was undertaken at Carr Lane School, although my first two years were spent at Castle Street, the infants’ school for the area at the time. Like most children I suffered some illness – chicken pox, mumps, measles or something similar – and spent a week or two at home in Miller Avenue. I recall lying in bed and watching the final stages of Carr Lane School being built, and then the summer holidays arrived, which meant I never returned to Castle Street, but started at the new school as soon as it opened. Many of the teachers, I believe ,transferred from Castle Street, as did the Headmistress.

Two vivid memories remain with me, however, and the first concerns the School Hours on a Friday. In the late 1930s many fathers were engaged in the fishing industry, and weekly wages had to be collected in cash from the owners’ offices on a Friday afternoon. With fathers being away at sea, this required their wives to collect, and the lunch period at school was reduced to a very short time in order that the afternoon lessons could finish at about 2.00pm.

Secondly, the outbreak of the war brought all sorts of adjustments and safeguards for the pupils. There were special efforts for the war as well, and among my archives I still hold a photograph of a large heap of scrap metal, stockpiled in one of the classrooms awaiting collection for recycling.