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A MORBID SENSE OF CURIOUSITY

ADDED 19 JANUARY 2006

It has been some 33 years since I left Knottingley, moving down to Nottingham where I still live. I remember well first moving to Knottingley as a ten-year-old from the North east in 1966 when my father obtained employment at Kellingley Colliery. We moved onto the Simpsons Lane estate (93 Sycamore Avenue) where I first attended Simpson's Lane Junior School before moving on to Knottingley Secondary School (or High School as it was to become).

I do know that when I moved to that school in 1967 we were the first 1st years at the school (as far as I can remember) and now, almost 40 years later, a morbid sense of curiosity makes me wonder whether this is remembered in Knottingley, or more precisely by the school, and I wondered moves afoot to remember or celebrate this is some way.

I have on occasion passed by Knottingley (and even more occasionally passed through it) in the last thirty odd years, once even calling in at the school to find a number of 'old' (even more ancient now!) teachers still working there and graciously being shown round the school by Mr. Bailey who, if my memory serves me correctly, was by then the head master. It seemed quite strange to recite to him the names of former classmates and friends only for him to be quite familiar with the names due to the fact that their children were now pupils at the school!

I have quite fond memories of my time in Knottingley (no doubt coloured by my being a child/teenager at the time) and now even more often especially as I head into the second half century of my life I find myself wondering what became of the rest of my peers - Christine Allen, Lynne Brocklehurst, Lynne Malpass, George Gardner, Rob Nuttall and Paul Minto, to name a very few. Likewise, others who I used to pal about with out of school - Pete Frain and Carol Parr for instance, who both used to live nearby.

It would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me, knows any of those mentioned or were members of 'Pomfret' form at that time. If so, please e-mail penfold47 (at) aol.com

Michael Miller
penfold47 (at) aol.com
19 January 2006


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