My first day at school (Hunslet Carr) 1953
I remember it well, Miss Smith was our Teacher.
We did the usual things school children did, as what I suppose they do now, painting and drawing, sandpits. Looking at books. Our teacher reading books to us.
We had to sit on coconut matting, ouch.
On warm days, we had some of our lessons outside. Then we could play ball, hopscotch and stuff. Chase after girls, pulling their hair and them giving us a smack back.
The only thing different to nowadays (as far as I know) was that we had no lessons in afternoon, we slept on hammock type things all afternoon. Our mothers picked us up, later that afternoon.
Me at primary school (Hunslet Carr) 1960
Our Form Teacher was Mr Harold Hobson. I believe, if my memory is correct, the Headteacher’s name was Mr Slee.
Mr Hobson was our music teacher and our sports, geography and english teacher. Mr Hobson played the piano brilliantly.
Mr Harold Hobson taught my dad and uncles before me, so was well known in the family. Harold lived in an old cottage on Middleton Town Street.
Many years later I met up with Mr Hobson, when as a family we moved to Town Street, Middleton, the other side of the road to where Mr Hobson lived. In fact my dad and uncles ended up going to the RAOB, (Royal Association of Buffaloes) together with Harold.
Hunslet Carr School was fast becoming well known for coaching rugby league at schoolboy level. Mr Hobson coached rugby and was very good at it. I played rugby, football and cricket. But not at school team level.
Hunslet Carr School rugby teams over the years won many cups against the other Schools in the area and beyond.
I remember catching the tram to play rugby on the Clearings in Middleton Park and walking to the playing field at the bottom of Pepper Road to play football.
Skipping ropes and things
Some of the games played by the girls were skipping ropes, hopscotch, hoola hoops, whip & top and many more.
Boys, played marbles (tors), kicking balls about, playing with cap guns. The caps you could get for the guns, you could also put into the toy bombs, that you threw up into the air, and on landing would make a bang. We thought the higher we threw them the louder they would bang. Of course this was not true. The boys took great delight in chucking these about near the girls. That was until the girls ran off with the bombs, never to be seen again.
We hold an old Hunslet Carr School reunion on the first Tuesday of every month at Hunslet Carr Sports and Social Club. Me and Robert Naylor run the reunion where about ten ex-pupils get together for a few pints, talk about old times and look at old photos. All ex-pupils are welcome.
Part 2 of School days to come next week