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AN AVID READER

01 MARCH 2006

I became a reader of The Digest purely by chance in December 2005. Having spotted the issues on a shop counter I decided to buy one and picked up the Pontefract edition. My husband asked if I wouldn't be better buying the Knottingley edition, which is the one I thought I had picked up!

Later that evening I opened up at the middle page to see a Ropewalk School photograph and was shocked to see myself (Margaret Moore) sat there behind the Headmaster. I have never seen the photograph before but was delighted to be able to reminisce for the next few days - Mr. Roebuck walking out to school assembly, sometimes with the cane; Mr. Copping my form teacher; Mr and Mrs Barton.

Mrs Barton took sewing and needlework classes and once, when I had trapped my finger in the school bus door, she dressed my wound every morning. Mr. Kaswell took music lessons and Mrs Wordsworth took P.E., where we wore navy knickers with a pocket in.

I remember the white line in the hall where naughty children stood and the classical music playing in assembly, which I hated then but find tasteful now.

On to the January issue which I couldn't wait to get, and I discovered a photo of Christine Emmerson, now deceased, whose mother is the neighbour of my mother-in-law.  I duly showed the photograph to her mum to be told that it was 18 years to the day since Christine had died.  It seemed fitting that she was brought to mind.

Keep up the wonderful work and maybe one day in the not too distant future, on one of my usual Saturday trips to 'Hill Top' I will bump in to some of those other faces on the photographs.

Margaret Moate (nee Moore)
01 March 2006


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