John Rigby Grammar School, Orrell22 Comments
Photo: Frank Orrell
Item #: 11983
Front row,left to right,Frank Orrell,Francis Tilly,Laurence Fairhurst,Terry Toker,Alan Molyneux.
Second row,Malcolm Cook,Joe Wilson,Robert Pilkington,Les Brown,John Ogden,Steven Hardacre,Jimmy McNicholas,Frank Hern.
Third row,Teacher(Kevin Sharkey),Paul McNally,Tom Hart,George Birch,Hugh Wilson,William Roberts,Paul Barker,John Day.
Back row,David Radcliffe,Michael McCormick,Peter McCormick,Tom Parker,Steve Wilson,George Hankinson,Keith Tyrer,Hugh Powell.
I can see you sat front row on the left Frank
Eee Laurence you've not changed a bit!
I was thrilled to see my cousin Malcolm Cooke on this photo.Sadly Malcolm died in 1995. Thanks for the memories this brought back.
Anyone know where Tom Hart is these days? He and I were really good friends. I now live in Scotland, but work in Northeast China.
I am on the back row. I have just retired from my career as a civil engineer.I still live in Wigan and I am married with two kids in their twenties. I would be interested in hearing from other class members.
Hello Michael, I posted the picture and remember you from those days. Can't say I was fond of the Christian Brothers who taught us especially Baylor who was cruel and sadistic. I've bumped into Laurence Fairhurst and Keith Tyrer, who live in Standish, occasionally and Alan Molyneux in the Anvil pub in Wigan I remember you had a relative who had a farm near the Crown pub at Bradley and you giving a few of us a lift on a tractor you drove. I live in Shevington and have two sons and two grandchildren.
If anybody wants a copy of this picture I can e-mail it.
50 years since leaving and now retired from working in the engineering industry, have seen frank orrell and keith tyrer over the years and also billy roberts more recently. We have 5 grandchildren that keeps us busy and active.
Laurence I remeber you well. I'm past my use- by date but still working in China as a Project Manager in the ship building industry. I'm married with two sons and one grandson (another on the way). After leaving John Rigby, I went to college in Preston for 3 years and then went to sea as a Radio Officer with Marconi and loved every minute of it.
I found this website by chance. The photograph brought back many memories. After graduating from Hull University I moved to Northern Ireland in 1984.I retired from the civil service in 2008 and spend my time gardening and looking after 4 grandchildren.
Frank/Laurence - do you know what happened to anthony cheetham.
Hello Michael, I don't know what happened to Anthony Cheetham after leaving John Rigby.
He lived next to Boar's Head post office when I knew him and along with Laurence Fairhurst and a few others we used to play football in a field near the bleachworks at Worthington where Laurence lived in Mayflower cottages.
The field was right next to the River Douglas and we had a long pole to fish the ball out when it went in.
Hello Frank & Michael, I managed to meet up with Tony Cheetham again after tracing him on facebook.He now lives in Chetenham and he came up last month to our house , 29 yrs since I last saw him and he was asking about you all. We had great times playing football on the Douglas pitch Frank, sadly it's now overgrown and tree-covered.
Thanks so much to Laurence Fairhurst for alerting me to this archive! Am now living in Cheltenham and recently retired from the print business. Frank Orrell, Michael McCormick,Keith Tyrer where have you been? The bad news for you guys is that I,m seriously thinking of moving back to the North West!
Nice to hear from you Anthony and Laurence. If you go to People on Album contents I have published four pictures, one with you and Laurence on Anthony and the others with you and me Laurence.
Sorry meant to say when you go on the people category click on "A friend from long ago" to see pictures
Hello Frank, some golden oldies that you posted on wigan album. Tony will be up in Standish in mid October and would love to meet up with you and Michael McCormick if possible. A mini reunion would be good if we could arrange it.
Laurence/Tony/Frank. I will be out of the country until 21/10/15. It would be good to have a mini reunion. We just need Keith Tyrer to attend. Does anyone know where he now lives?
Hello again Laurence, Tony and Mike. Sorry I have only just replied. I would love to have a mini reunion if it can be arranged. I've not seen Keith Tyrer for a long time so not sure where he is.
Hello Frank in reply to your previous comments, I've seen Keith recently in Standish I think he still lives in Greenwood rd, I don't have your phone number. Do you still live in Shevington? Would be great to meet up when Tony is here in mid october.
Hello again Laurence. Sorry for late reply but Dennis Turner was trying to get me your phone number. My mobile is 07766898514. Let me know when Tony is in town and we can meet up.
I’m the one on the far right, opposite end to Mr Sharkey. I just found this picture on the net.
I survived the school (barely) with zero fond memories of the staff but great memories of many of the boys. I am still in touch with my brother Tony and Mike Higham of 2B same year.
I went to Liverpool university (dentistry) and worked as a house surgeon there, then emigrated to Vancouver where I’ve been ever since.
Best wishes to any of you reading this about 7 years too late.
Hi John Day! I went to John Rigby and was a couple of years below you. I think we played on the same rugby team both at John Rigby and then at Newton-le-Willows RU. I've still got a photo somewhere of us playing for the Colts team in a sevens competition! If memory serves me correctly, didn't we also work together at Reeds Corrugated during the summer when we were at uni? Must've been around 1970.