School gets into the history books
A CENTURY of school memories has been collected into a special book. We Were There…Memories of Hitchin Boys Grammar School and Hitchin Boys School is a record of the last 100 years at the school to coincide with the centenary of its old boys association
A CENTURY of school memories has been collected into a special book.
We Were There...Memories of Hitchin Boys Grammar School and Hitchin Boys School is a record of the last 100 years at the school to coincide with the centenary of its old boys' association.
Five years in the making, it is a collection of reminiscences from former pupils and masters as well as source material from the school.
These include accounts of the school population doubling during the Second World War when pupils from Eastbourne Grammar were evacuated to Hitchin, of teachers who inspired (and terrified) and upheavals in the education system.
"We wanted to come up with something lasting rather than just a reunion," editor Stuart Halsey said. "We tried to get people to say what they really felt about their particular time there.
"It's interesting from the point of view of how things have changed over the years and there are some interesting people and personalities.
- 1 Tranquil Turtle officially opens with lavish launch event
- 2 Serious collision on A602 injures four
- 3 Dangerous paedophile jailed for sexual abuse of vulnerable girl
- 4 Icon building planning appeal quashed after High Court review
- 5 Christmas markets return to Hitchin
- 6 Butts Close: A monument to medieval Hitchin
- 7 Cat owner given 'best Christmas present' after being reunited with missing Maine Coon five years after disappearance
- 8 When to see The Geminids - one of the best meteor showers of the year
- 9 Care home excited to open its doors to new residents
- 10 Woman pleads guilty to smashing bottles of booze worth £10,000
"We had boxes full of papers, old scribblings and old school minutes - it's been a fascinating trawl and brought back a lot of memories."
The book will be available from April 22 on a print run of 300 copies, but be quick as 115 have already been sold. To order a copy, call the joint editor David Stancombe on 01366 328153.