Class Photograph, Final Year at Richard Hind

Mr Olver was the Headteacher on the left and the famous Ikey Moses on the right. Back row; Norman Stephenson, Nigel Bond, Colin Brewster, Billy Wrenick, Malcom Amos, Ian Pirie, Leonard Fawcett, Eric Short, Barry Hewitson.

Next row down; Christine Collinson, Grace Cane, Paula Ballentine, Janice Peters, Carol Murphy, Victoria Porteous, Sandra Johnston.

Next row down; David Williams, Linda Booth, Jill Moody, Marie Wilson, Elinor Smith, Wendy Wood, Dawn Chambers, Jean Calvert, Donald Johnston. Bottom Row; Stuart Fellows, John Dale, Alan Dickinson, Jimmy McConnel, Geoffrey Steele, Brian Ostle. Sorry for those names that I may have spelt incorrectly..

Photograph and details courtesy of Ian Pirie.

11 thoughts on “Class Photograph, Final Year at Richard Hind

  1. I think this must have been my year group when I was in Richard Hind Primary school. I am not in the picture as my parents had transferred me to Hartburn Primary at the end of the Infant stage of education, believing Hartburn to be the ‘better’ school. The pupil’s names all ‘ring bells’ and some of them I rejoined at Richard Hind Secondary. If I then remember correctly, this picture must have been July 1959.
    Ian Pirie I remember well, name, face and even voice as he was in my class through secondary school. I can recall seeing Mr Moses shouting then running across the boys playground, hair flopping across his face and then him sweeping it back several times with his right hand as he approached the boy at the centre of his attention. At that stage of my Infant career, Mr Moses was elevated in our corporate class mythology to the status of a tyrant, more to be feared than Mr Olver.
    The names of the boys all all click memories more so than the girls, but three girls names stand out as I suspect I came across them when a little bit older. Dawn Chambers, Wendy Wood and Grace Cain. Grace was the middle daughter of Frank Cain, the headteacher of Stockton Grammar School from 1955 or 56 until the 1970’s taking on the headship of the school following my father’s time there from 1951. The Cains moved into ‘our house’ in Linden Avenue when my father took on the headship of Grangefield Grammar as the Linden Avenue house was ‘tied’ to SGS, and therefore the headteacher only paid rent while in the job.
    Throughout my young teenage years I always hoped that one day I would marry Grace. She, like me, was a rebel. I last heard of her as married and living in Skipton.


  2. Thanks for posting this. I’m Ikey (Alan) Moses’ son. He’s still around at 93, & will be pleased to see this. He was later the headmaster at Hartburn Primary for many years.


  3. Hello Ian – you probably won’t know me, my name is Dave Jones I went to Bowsfield Lane school then later Primrose Hill on Durham Road, the name Barry Hewitson rings a bell. Did he live at number 4 Bickersteth Street in the late 50s early 60s because I lived at number 1 just at the bottom by Whitehall terrace. I’m in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex now but I seem to remember a family called Hewitson living at number 4. I’d appreciate your comment thank you


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