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Wigan Grammar School Masters 1958
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 32677
A small selection from the Wigan Grammar School photograph of 1958.
Ex-pupils of a certain age, will readily recognise the named masters shown here.

Comment by: Broady on 5th September 2020 at 05:45

Paddy Gore,
A complete, arrogant Barsteward.

Comment by: Philip G. on 5th September 2020 at 09:29

He looks to me as though he'd been more a riddler, Broady - Frank Gorshin springs to mind.

Comment by: Tony Sharp on 5th September 2020 at 10:29

WOT !! No FAL Leyland or Eddie Cochran, inter alia.

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 5th September 2020 at 10:59

Paddy Gore was a hard taskmaster but a very good teacher. He believed that a rigorous grammar school education was a foundation for a successful future career.
When the first Wigan grammar school was opened in Scholes in 1597 one of its aims was the better education and the bringing up of youth in Wigan.
In 1963 it became a comprehensive school.

Comment by: Carolaen on 5th September 2020 at 13:26

Keith Beckett. It was certainly not a Comprehensive school in 1963 as I had just passed my 11+ that year to go there. I think you might have meant 1973 ?

Comment by: Keith Beckett on 5th September 2020 at 16:55

Carolaen

I should have written that it merged with the Thomas Linacre in 1963. It officially closed as a grammar school in 1972.

Comment by: Ben on 5th September 2020 at 17:49

I believe many influences in life, and I mean long lasting ones, are often subliminal. However influences only come about through experience and if it's a rigorous grammar school based experience then I agree with Keith Beckett. I feel strongly that although I do not cherish my WGS days, it laid the foundation for many of my actions in later life and that included 40 years at the chalk face, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Comment by: Keith on 5th September 2020 at 18:06

I've just googled a photo of Frank Gorshin, someone I didn't know. There is certainly a resemblance, well spotted Philip G.

Comment by: Philip G. on 5th September 2020 at 18:57

Thanks Keith. And Paddy Gore, eh? He does seem to show a bit of edge. And I always look at the school's displayed old stuff when I'm up there. Smashing.

Comment by: Donald Underwood on 6th September 2020 at 20:53

Joe Boswell!
After 77 years,I wake up in a panic on Tuesdays,fearing Geometry

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