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  1. Hi there,

    my Name is "Harald Rüttgers", nickname is "Roger" and I´m from Germany.

    I´ve found this page coincidentally.

    I remember back to the years 1975 and 1976 I guess and I was aged 15/16.

    I was member of a German Group visiting an international summer camp at Brown rigg School twice.

    In 1975 my dormitory was "Coquet".

    There were Girls and Boys from other European countries:
    France and Norway I know.
    Netherlands and Belgium I guess.
    And of course Germany and Great Britain.

    I remember the "who has lost it - who has found it - procedure" at mealtimes very well.
    It was allways a big Show.

    I remember (oh my Gott, its 42 years ago now) to some British guys.
    Unfortunately I remember only two guys with first names: "David" and "Tich".

    Some members of the German Group were "Ralf Granz" and "Olav Sinowski".

    So may be, somebody of the old "Team" will remember to this like I have done and will write down a comment in this guestbook.

    May be, there will be some email contact after such a Long time.

    Hoping for some News,

    best wishes to all at Brown Rigg School

    Roger

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  2. hi i was at Brownrigg 74 to 76 my name was Dawn Proudlock then after a few months changed to Park due to mothers remarriage. Used to love Friday film nights and weekend discos. Not so keen on runs up Killer hill. I am still living in Blyth and have 4 children and 2 grand children.

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  3. DENNIS WILSON
    Regret to inform all Brown Riggers that Dennis Wilson passed away on 13th February 2017. Dennis , along with his wife Mary, taught at Brown Rigg for some 7 years, 1955 -1962, he was head of Tweed Dorm for most of that time. A great sportsman, Dennis coached the football team which won the Blake Cup in 1959, he and Mary took parties from Brown Rigg to Switzerland and Holland. He was a good bloke and will be a big miss in the community of Ingleton where he had lived, and taught, for many years.

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  4. My mother was Angela Edwina Charlton and was at Brownrigg for two years 1949 and 1950, I have identified her on a few of the photographs on the site. Would it be at all possible to get copies of them. I would also be interested in getting in touch with anyone who remembers her, I think she was Head Girl in 1950, unfortunately she died suddenly in 1985 at the age of 51 yrs. thanks

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  5. Attended Brownrigg 78-83.

    I can honestly say for coming to this country from Canada it was the only school where I was accepted for my funny accent.
    Always a Bookworm I probably read every book in the library whilst sitting in the drying room or on the toilet in the Dorm bathrooms. English Teacher Christine Smith always knew how to find me and would always tell me to get to bed after I finished my chapter. I however used to finish the book. I look back with fondness and gratitude to all those Teachers for all their harsh discipline at times, I think it was Diane who got thrown across the Library once by Mr Walton(headmaster), were responsible for instilling into me a lot of values I hold dear and have passed onto my own family.
    With fondness I remember certain highlights of the week of which was visiting the Village Library, Hexham Swimming Baths in the yellow Mini Bus, mucking out the horses to get a free horse ride and as I got older the village pub where we used to have our half a cider under the ever watchful eye of the landlord and yes I really did enjoy those 10 mile hikes with Mrs Hutchinson as well as the daily 5 mile runs up the cart track.
    I have read the guestbook messages and noted the only one I recognised as being Diane and Deborah Ince. Diane was in the same year as I whilst Deborah was the same age as my older sister Judith who also attended for 2 years
    It must be nearly 25yrs ago that the last person I saw was Denise Wilkinson working on the Reception Counter at a Gym in Newcastle but unfortunately she didn't seem to recognise me. however you could always recognise Denise for the White Streak in her fringe.
    I have never kept up to date with anyone from school unfortunately and knew nothing of your Reunions but if you ever do decide to resume them please let me know it would be lovely to see all the old faces again and do some catching up.

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  6. john foxton great to hear from you mate 07507621143 is my mobil if you fancy giving me a call

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  7. Hi ,
    I am trying to help my Dad find a copy of his certificate of Education , he attended the school 1954 ish name Michael Corcoran. If anyone can assist me to find out what school board / Exam board was in effect at that time it would be greatly appreciated .

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  8. the last meal was sadly wiped off by a worker installing a new gas tank the old boiler is going to a museum and the film props are staying the dining hall is still there and the equipment from the kitchen lies untouched the plans for this are to be lodges but thee kitchen will stay as long as possible but it will cost 1million to keep it standing it is now the yearly host of baafest an they also look after hors because it was also a stable at one point the lodges were built in 2010 but the new owners got brownrigg this year the headmasters house is separately owned

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  9. Hi David Todd {charlie} I remember you we actually talked 5 years back on friends reunited.It took me a while to figure out who you were here always new you as charlie. Went to brownrigg reunoin in 2012 to meet graham bowman and a few others but could not find them so i came back to hexham. I am now back in the uk but have bought a place in thailand where i go twice a year

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  10. Can anyone identify any of the girls on the front row in this image? My late mother Barbara Smith ( as she known then ) went to Browrigg. She was born 1941 so I am assuming 1950s she would of been there. I'm wondering if thats my mother 4 right front row. Certainly looks similar to her younger self.
    http://i2.thejournal.co.uk/incoming/article7115838.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/JS36504189.jpg

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  11. Im trying to find information on my father who attended the school from 1940-45 his name was Bede Lyons fromJarrow. If anybody has any information or old photos they would be appreciate it very much .many thanks from David Lyons

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  12. Hi - I am sitting with father, Alan White originally from Seahouses, who attended Brownrigg School from the end of the war in 1945 to 1947. He remembers the photo of his football team in the 1940s photo section. Robson Craigs is a name, Malcolm Anderson and Michael Fordy (now deseased he thinks). Bobby Pearson & Ron Atkinson, "Pop" Brazell ? also, Teachers: Art Bobby Blair; Dorm master: Greaves; Wright; Wait brothers; Bradbury; Miss Pringle; Sports, Maths etc Gordon McIntosh & Connie Alder (who married each other). Any memories ? He sends his regards to you all !!

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  13. Hi I was at Brownrigg during 1981-1982ish i was in tyne dorm the one next to the outside swimming pool which as i remember was always cold, for some reason my nickname was Posh Paws.

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  14. My Mother, Joyce Gordon at the time, taught evacuee girls at Brownrigg during WW2. Hers was the only bicycle with a lamp so at night she would lead a convoy of teachers to a local pub in Bellingham, where she always ordered a pint of milk. It was at that school she met life-long friend Margaret Cain who also taught there. My mother passed away on 16 October 2015 aged 95. Margaret died a few years earlier in Hexham

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  15. Hi my name is Arlene Miller formally Hall, I was at Bellingham camp school 1947-1949, I am the eldest of 5 and had a wonderful time there with many happy memories. Mr Walsh was the headmaster and his wife took us to Hexham to see Oklahoma which she was acting in. On a Sunday afternoons we walked up hareshaw lyn to the waterfall, I made many friends there - Dorothy Johnson, Connie and Betty Hooper to name a few. I have some photos of my time there, many happy memories.

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  16. Hi all, attended BR from 60 til 63 & also attended last reunion this year, haven't attended in the past as im usually on hols, unluckily there was no one from my time at BR there but Eddie & the other attendees made me welcome, great to see the old school again although its been torn up & moved around somewhat. it still brought back fond memories though.Bellingham hasn't changed at all & it was like taking a step back in time. cheers Roly

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  17. hi anyone have any photos or remember anything of the yrs 49 to52 of teachers an pupils at brown rig camp school when I attended and enjoyed very much sorry I missed the reunions just found out they were on I hope there is another one ide like to come to it I live in Australia perth wa well just outside of perth called cardup with my 13yr old son who keeps me young would love to hear from anyone that remembers me an the teachers around that time I left England in53 g.streener@hotmail.com

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  18. Hello. It is with deep regret that I inform you that my sister, Joan Elizabeth Anderton, a pupil of BRS from about 1965 to 1968, died on 24th September 2014 from the effects of cancer of the bowel. She was 61. Joan often talked fondly of her time at the school and I know that she attended the reunions whenever she could. Thank you, Tony Anderton

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  19. hi
    I was at the school from 1979/82 it was the best day of my life .if I could I would do it all over again

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  20. Hi
    I was at Brownrigg in 1968/69 year, did not stay on the next year, mainly due to the sdistic Mr Bradburn,remember him? I remember John Caisley, he came home with me to our house for Christmas. Also David Hunt from killdeer Paul Lambert Marty Wilkinson Colin Steele all from walls end. Also remember Mr Santa the teacher And Robert Timlin I think, there were a few others from whitley bay but I forgot the names, been a long time how is everyone doing especially John Caisley. Cheers to all.

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  21. Hi
    I was at Brownrigg in 1968/69 year, did not stay on the next year, mainly due to the sdistic Mr Bradburn,remember him? I remember John Caisley, he came home with me to our house for Christmas. Also David Hunt from killdeer Paul Lambert Marty Wilkinson Colin Steele all from walls end. Also remember Mr Claus the teacher And Robert Timlin I think, there were a few others from whitley bay but I forgot the names, been a long time how is everyone doing especially John Caisley. Cheers to all.

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  22. Hi my brother Lee Davison attended Brown Rigg School in the early 1980's as a boarder, his nickname was college for some strange reason, he hated being away from home in Blyth and would often find his own way home by hitching a lift.
    He passed away suddenly six years ago but i often think him and the times i came to Brown Rigg for special events and ask if i could go to the school when i was older as i liked the colour of the uniform and the fact that it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.

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  23. I attended an international camp at the school around 1973 or so. So enjoyed looking at your site, however, was sad that many of the images (on many pages) did not display.

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  24. So sad been to the last reunion great weekend

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  25. Anyone needing to get in touch with us in Western Australia please use this email address.

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  26. From Pat Batey
    Hi,
    I have had a chat with a friend of mine who has been on a cruise. A lady on the cruise was chatting to her and lo and behold, the lady's sister, who had passed away in Australia with dementia, went to Brown Rigg in 1953. Sadly she has no photos of her, and as a long a shot, via the sister, my friend has asked me if it were possible, to try to find a photo of her in the archives !!!! (needle in a hay-stack) Her name was Lillian Raffell and she belonged Blyth. She was 13 years old in 1953. I wonder, Eddie Yarrow, if this could be put on the web to see if anyone knew her and maybe has a photo of her?
    Pat
    As requested, here it is.
    Replies to this website if anyone can point us in the right direction.

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  27. Hi all,I recall so many names since finding this site,that have remained dormant over the years,people like,Harry Walker,Don Chrisp,Colin Beamish,Alan Scott,Chistine Churchill,Louise Whellans,Helen Congleton,Ken Snowball(the Bardon Mill bopper),to name but a few,58-61,the best years of my young life.Colin Oliver


    colin_oliver@hotmail.com

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  28. Hi
    my name is Colin Oliver,I attended Brownrigg from 1958 until 1961,my gf was Louise Wheellans.My closest friends were Colin Beamish(head boy),Donald Chrisp.
    I loved those years,and I actually stayed on an extra term

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  29. I was at Brownrigg from 1982 - 1984. I consider these as the best two years of my life. I was in Cheviot dorm.

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  30. Date: 2014-01-29 14:53:44
    From: Jack Dawson
    Phone 0191 410816
    Subject: Website Feedback Form Message
    Sender: Jack Dawson
    Email: dizdaw@yahoo.co.uk
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    Hi Eddie.I recently came across your E-mail address and your work regarding
    Brown Rigg School.

    I attended B R S from Sept 1953 to July 1955 Two of the happiest years of my
    early life. I will be 74 soon. My memories of B R S do not seem that old. My
    name is Jack Dawson (Dizzy), note my E-mail address.I enjoyed my time at B R S
    so much I did not want to leave school. I told a friend
    3 or 4 years ago about not wanting to leave school, she gave me a strange look
    !!! I see from the
    B R S web site this years reunion could be the last one.
    So having a web site for Ex pupils is a good idea !!! with todays technology,
    google maps etc etc.
    Anyway enough of this introduction, or it will turn into a memory book of my
    time at B R S.
    I would very much like to keep in touch with Ex B R S pupils who were there when
    I was.

    Regards Jack
    PS I did a talk at school on the signs of the zodiac

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  31. 1970/1978
    SYLVIA
    SUSAN
    DAVID
    GEOFF LEIGHTON

    All spent years at B/Rigg.
    If you wish to contact contact let me know.

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  32. Hello

    I've recently viewed your facebook page from a link featured on a friends
    facebook page, my friends name is Doug Blakemore i've noticed on your page that
    he is a member of - Brownrigg Boarding School 70;s and 80;s.
    and the reason i'm contacting you is because i'm trying get in touch with Doug
    we grew up together hes one of my best friends.
    the lastime i met up with Doug was around 1985-1987 sorry i cant remember the
    exact year, after we met we lost contact i have left Doug a message on facebook
    but i'm not sure if his facebook settings is setup to accept messages from
    people not on his list.
    i would like try to get in touch with my friend Doug again, its been 20+ years
    since we spoke.is there anyway you can help me to get back in touch with him ?
    Andy
    stokie2k2@yahoo.com

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  33. Hi Eddie,
    Stephen Bowers (my dad) and his brother- Raymond Bowers (deceased) attended
    Brownrigg in the 1960s. My Dad is now very ill and is unable to communicate. I
    just wanted to know if any one remembers him. I think he's the smallest one on
    the front row of the football team photo 1963-1964. He would have been 12 years
    old. Many thanks, Jennifer Stoker

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  34. you guys new me as david brown, nick name charlie brown,was at school 73 till 76, first girl friend was carol mcgee, never forgot her.mates were tony stobbort, john foxton, hank, rolly raf and loads more would love to hear from anyone.

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  35. i was at brownrigg from 1956-1958 back then my name was sherry my best friends were pat sowerby margaret turner and joan arthur we were all in pennine dorm.

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  36. Hi Kathryn i remember you in sick bay ,i was in there in 1970 with yellow jaundice and was in quarentine for a few weeks , you gave me a fat free diet which i hated, but i do remember you and sister Murry . I hope you are keeping well.regards Rosie

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  37. Whilst I am fairly certain my name won't mean much to anyone just wanted to say how lovely it is to read all the comments and as I have recently just revisited Brownrigg brought back some lovely memories.
    I worked in the sick bay from January 1969 until September 1970 as the assistant, Sister Murray was in charge.
    I remember Mr. Walton was the headmaster.

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  38. Hi,I went to brownrigg 1981-1985 I was one of the last to leave before the school closed,I remember only the 5th years were at the school when the term started sept 1984 and very few teachers left in school,it was very sad that year.
    I had some great friends,piggy,Julie Bradbury,Christine Richardson,Nadine,Karen Peterson and Suzanne delve,the nice teachers were mrs.janckre,mrs.walton,mr.cassidy,mr.moore,mr.barker.i went to a reunion in 2002 I think I was the only one of my generation there which was a shame!hey guys get in touch.

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  39. Hello all, I was at Brownrigg from 67/71. I have great memories of disco and horse riding on the fells. The awfull wal
    k to church every sunday and the dorm inspections (hated bootroom duties) My year i remember some names like Brenda Allison /Jennifer Boyd /Michael Grice /David Hall/ Ken Taylor/ Colin and Kieth Short We all had good times there and fond memories. My maiden name is the same .I hope some one remembers me you all take care :)

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  40. anyone attend the school in 1972 remember me,i was only there for less than a year and i think i must have held the record for absconding,also does anyone remember a girl called pamela who was there at the same time i remember the friday night disco in the assembley hall with great fondness pamela was my first girlfriend.

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  41. I attended BrownRigg from 1966-68.The girls I remember are Lynne and Anne Pattinson,Doris Barclay and Hazel Armstrong.My maiden name was Acheson and Ilived in Berwick-upon-Tweed.I now live in the Belford area.

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  42. hi i was brownrigg school for about six yrs, i think it was form 67-73. i my memory serves me right. i really enjoyed my time there.

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  43. I will be returning to my roots next month for a few days (6th to 9th August) staying at the White Swan, Lowick. If any ex-Brownriggers fancy joining me for a chat over a drink, please let me know through this forum. I attended Brown Rigg from 1958-61.

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  44. hi i was at brownrigg for 6 yrs and really enjoyed being there.

    What Years ?????????

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  45. hi I was at brownrigg from 65 to 67 maiden name anne herron my sister lorna herron was there 64 to 66great times

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  46. Jack the Polish girl in 65 is called Christine Kolowski her older sister was in Hadrian with me she is Irene.

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  47. Hi, It was great to find the Brownrigg website. I attended Brownrigg in 1949/50 when Mr Wash was headmaster, at that time the Wilfred Pickles "Have a Go Show" visited the school and recorded a show which featured Margaret Redfern singing "The waters of Tyne" Mrs Wash was involved with the Hexham Gilbert and Sullivan Society and I remember making trips to Hexham to watch these shows in which Mrs Wash featured. The time that I spent at Brownrigg was a very memorable time of my school days and I have many happy memories of the time spent there hiking around the fells behind the school.

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  48. Hi,
    I was at BRS from 1959-1961. I was Chris Dixon in those days, and have some wonderful memories of the place. I remember we used to call it Borstal Reform School! I was in Pennine dormitory. I often wonder what happened to all the girls there. I remember, Olive Ord, who had a horse in the field, behind the sick bay. I know that Christine Street, who became head girl there, joined the services. Lorna Ainsworth, turned into a beautiful blonde, in her teens. Still have memories of her, after meeting up with her somewhere in Newcastle. I believe she went to work as a carer somewhere.
    Those that remember Nancy Bain. She became a great friend of mine, as we lived near each other, in Gosforth. She married and had 3 children. Sadly she died, on Christmas Eve, when she was 44 years old.
    I would like to know what happened to Carol Doggett and Hazel Powley, (grace poole), as we used to call her, from Charlotte Brontes novel. Also Jean Angus.
    I remember the headmaster Mr Rain and the bursar in charge of catering Mrs Wash. Also our biology teacher Mr Seed, appropriate name. How we girls used to laugh at him, when he tried to explain the facts of life. Still, gave me a good grounding for my A level biology.
    So glad that Brownrigg is being remembered, and well done to the founders of this site.
    Anyone who wants to get in touch, feel free. I live either with my family and grandchildren in the European Eastern Block, or in Somerset, but due to move yet again.
    Having a wonderful time on the planet.
    christineburden9@gmail.com

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  49. Hi to all Brownriggers. I have just found the site & applaud the guys who diligently keep it going,thanks. I attended the school for 2 yrs, probably the best 2 yrs of my schhol life. I lived in Ashington at that time. I wonder how many ex-students remember the"Have a go Joe" national radio program that was very popular in thoe days. Wilfred Pickles, Barney Colehan &
    Violet Carson. I & a friend from Newbiggin were two of the chosen 6 on the radio that night.Ken Lewis was his name. Years ago i sent some pics in to the school with those other 4 contestants on. I also played for the school soccer team both yrs I was there.
    Eric Newman (spike) Ken Lewis & Walter Swinhoe were all regulars on the team. Mr Macintosh & Mr Barnes were the coaches at the time. I would love to hear from anyone who attended during that period. Thanks.






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  50. Hello Kathlees,

    Hope you are keeping well.
    I was at Brown Rigg in the eary 60's and I remember you very well (we were both in Pennine dorm together where I waa a prefect).
    We were good friends and used to make up all sorts of excuses for not taking part in the 'compulsory' Sunday hikes.
    I am married to Les & we have four grown-up childen living happily within a few miles of us in The Peak District of Derbyshire
    Do you remember hanging from the hot pipes in the luggage room with paper towel gloves? - we obviously had both time and blisters on our hands!

    regards,
    Maureen Gillis (nee Tate)

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  51. Jack Elliot recounted the class of 1st 11 year olds, the name of the 3rd girl I think was Tworkowski??? I recall her name because other pupils made a 'play on her name', which was pretty common at BRS. You may recall Bradburn (ex Navy), Math and PE Teacher who ended his teaching days in Prudhoe. Eric Main became Head for a short while and the last I heard (10 years ago) Walton (Head) was working in Hexam.
    I live in Canada now, having first moved there in 1979. You may also recall Brown a teacher who earned instant respect (fear) with those steely eyes and broken nose.... I wonder if Jack recalls the 'slipper fights' that rapidly escalated with beds forming barricades at either end of the Dorm and the heavy boots flying... I know I broke my fair share of lights!

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  52. I was at brownrig from 1950 to 1954seeing the web site brought back fond memories sad to it no longer exists

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  53. Date: 2012-07-03 09:00:13

    Sender: Lynne Barnett (nee Armit)

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    Hiya - I have reently seen your site asnd it has brought back some happy
    memories - I was at Brownrigg for 6 years leaving in 1968 - I was Head Girl to
    the then Head boy Jim Scott - known in those days as "saucers"because of my big
    brown eyes!I am pleased to hear that the school isn't forgotten and that you
    have now started putting together memories for a museum - unfortunately I can't
    add to this but if ever I am up in that part of the country I will call in.
    Following a career in nursing I presently live in West Yorkshire and am a
    Community Support Officer with West Yorkshire Police. For the past 6 years my
    patrol area has been Bingley on the edge of Ilkley Moor. Kind regards Lynne

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  54. hi jock just saw your message eric said he was going to contact you i know he has been a bit busy of late i will remind him it"s an age thing ha ha!!!!

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  55. Hi I was at brs from 69 till 74 I think I've got good and bad memory's .

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  56. Lovely to hear from you Hazel! I remember Eric well We were both "star" runners, although no one could keep up with Eric! I remember when we came one-two in the school sports day in the 880yds. The track was a 220yd loop (so we ran four laps). On the final lap I swear I was catching him, but sadly the race was too short. What is he up to these days?

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  57. This message is for john davidson one of your old class mates of 61 is my brother eric patrick.I attended brownrigg, but it was late 60"s for me

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  58. Hi hoping you can help me, my sister attended the school in 1968/69 Kim Stoddart I wondered if anyone remembered her? Are there any class photos or records that I would be able to see anywhere as sadly she took ill when there and died in 1971. I would be most grateful for any help

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  59. Hi Kathleen Taylor,

    I attended Brownrigg '61-'63, can't place your name though the Head Girl you mentioned was Janice Graham.

    Jim.

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  60. Hi I was at brownrigg around 82 / 84 ish I think it closed the year after I left ? The teachers at the time were mr barker mr bell mr smith ? . I was a prefect at the end of my time there.I do not remember a lot of the names of the kids ,Paul Headly, Paul micheal, Wendy bowman , Sally Ann ?, if you remember me drop me an email thanks..

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  61. Hi,if mike boyle would like to contact me direct that would be great as his email address is not being recognised

    Email: jackelliot1@sky.com
    Website:

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  62. hi i was at brownrigg 57/58 ted gray was our form & dorm teacher, gordon charlton (bobby & jackies) brother, also walter lawrence pauline craig from berwick these are some of the names i remember. hope someone reads this as that year was my happiest of schooldays and get in touch
    Email: cessowden@blueyonder.co.uk

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  63. Hello my name is Kathleen (Kathy), I went to Brownrigg around 62/63, I never had a nickname but I can describe my looks of that era. I had ginger hair, was quite skinny and I was in the Pennine dormatary and the head girl around that time was Janice ...?
    If any one remembers me it would be nice to hear from you as it would be so good to hear from anyone.
    Have a nice day,
    Kathleen Taylor
    kathleen.taylor884@btinternet.com

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  64. Date: 2012-06-10 22:16:13
    From: Michael Boyle
    Subject: Website Feedback Form Message
    Sender: Michael Boyle
    Email: m80yle2011@googlemail.com
    Sender IP: 94.197.127.153
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    Hi my name is MIke Boyle I attended Brown Rigg in 1965. I read Jack Elliots
    appeal and would like to get in touch. Also anyone else from 65-68 who may
    remember me 1 in particular was Lynne Allen from Bedlington. I was at the 2012
    reunion but met nobody from my years perhaps better luck in 2014.

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  65. hi my name is tony stobart lived at prudhoe and attended brs hoping to get up to reunion on the friday with my sister terry stobart who also attended brs
    Email: shakintony@hotmail.com
    Website:

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  66. Hi my name is Judith Pringle or it was until i got married, i attended BRS in 1977/1978 i was only there for one school year but alway think back as i had some fantastic times,i want to list some of the people that i remember Claire Petts,Kerry Wilkinson, Joanne wilson,Mandy Wilson(sisters)Jackie Laing,these other girls i can't remember their surnames Alex,Mandy,Carol Grant?,Denise,Heather Dawson? I've been up to the school to see it again,when i was there the pool had been covered over but it was tiny and i always thought it was big also i looked in the visitors book but only noticed one name that i remembered it was Raymond Drury(i'm sure he was also known as Mason but his mum remarried and he changed his name ). I would love to hear from anyone who remembered me.
    Email: judith_ure@yahoo.co.uk

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  67. Hello, I'am wandering if anyone remembers my mother Margaret Henny ? And if there are any photos?
    Kind regards Fiona

    Email: mrsblogger@live.co.uk

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  68. Hi I was just wondeering if anyone had any memories/photos of my dad Kenneth Price who attended Brownrigg in the 60's-70's.

    Thanks

    Jo
    Email: jofoster8376@yahoo.co.uk
    Website:

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  69. ROY HEPBURN

    He was at Brown Rigg April to July 1948, came from Dinnington, was in Tweed Dorm. Bring him along to the REunion, he might bump into someone he knew from those days.

    Lots of interest in the Reunion, thanks to the excellent coverage in the Evening Chronicle and Journal, had a lady e-mail me from Holland who had been sent the articles by her Mother, she is coming over in June to join us.should be a great weekend.
    Email: edgraham@btinternet.com
    Website:

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  70. hi,
    im just wondering if anyone remembers or has any photographs of my dad who attended brownrigg his name was roy hepburn and would have attended 40's or 50's sorry unsure of dates. any help would be brilliant.
    thankyou
    Email: jaynemottram@rocketmail.com
    Website:

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  71. I was at Brownrigg a good few years in the 70s they used to call me Kingy. I do not know if there is anyone from that eara ?.
    Email: mickking1@live.co.uk
    Website:

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  72. Hi Doris,

    I think I remember you and Carol, we attended Brownrigg over the same period. Were you a redhead and didn't Carol have blondish hair?

    Hope you are well.

    Jim.
    Email: chatdhubh@sbcglobal.net

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  73. Hi Bill,

    I remember you well, we were in Tweed dorm' then 'graduated' to Tyne.
    Hope you are well.

    Regards,

    Jim.


    Email: chatdhubh@sbcglobal.net
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  74. Hi Bill Power I was at brown rigg 60 to 63 Tyne Dorm (I think)
    Seem to remember a few name Peter Clearey and Eric Sewell any one remember me....
    Living in Cyprus but fancy the reunion in June

    bpower@cytanet.com.cy

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  75. Great to see Peter Cleary's post on site.

    Glad you're still in touch with Eric Sewell, Peter, give him my best wishes.
    If you'd like to meet up next time I'm in the UK, my mother still lives in Whitley Bay, I'd be delighted.

    Anyone hear from Lindy Massingham?

    Email: chatdhubh@sbcglobal.net

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  76. I went 2 brownrigg approx 1960-63.i remember carol doidge?,william shakespear,n yes its his real name but we called him billy wobbledagger!!,he he,remember the matron in sick bay?.i remember hiding in the loft with carol skiving from church,got caught by the headgirl smoking dumpas from the teachers bins!!,ha ha.x
    Email: g.grieves@hotmail.co.uk

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  77. Hi Folks, Just to say the guestbook does not link with my email box (it should) so be a little patient as the only way I find a new entry is when I go on site. Sometimes I am on holiday and it could be a few days before I get back on.

    Eddie Yarrow
    Site admin & general dogsbody

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  78. Hi! John Davidson here, perhaps better known by my nickname “Jock”. So christened on account of coming from the north of the county I had more of a Scottish accent than a Geordie one. I enjoyed three and a half challenging and character forming years at Brown Rigg from 1958-1961. Best summed up I think by my favourite teacher’s quote from an end of term report. “Makes up for a lack of natural ability with rugged determination to succeed “. I taught myself chess and how to swim. I was preceded by my sister Marion and followed by my brother Raymond. I too remember the gorgeous Bridget Emerson. On leaving I joined the R.A.F. as an aircraft engine fitter. Subsequently I enjoyed a career as an IT specialist and for the past twenty years I have working in finance. Happily married to Pauline for 45 years, I have two grown up sons, but sadly no grandchildren! I have to confess that I was NOT good at football. I could not even make the under 13 team when there were only 12 of us to choose from! Athletics was more my forte, especially race walking – not surprisingly I needed a hip replacement operation a couple of years ago! I am planning to make the 2012 reunion, which will be my first – I thought that it was about time I made the effort, as it is over fifty years since I left. After all that time, we are likely to have trouble remembering everyone. Luckily I collected the signatures of all my compatriots during my last two terms. The following is a roll call of my fellow inmates, summer 1961. Apologies for any errors or omissions, I am afraid that the writing has faded over the years;
    TYNE DORM SUMMER 1961
    Teachers: Edward Gary, Jimmy Seed, W A Young
    Pupils: Michael (Genius) Patmore, D Brown, Ronald (Ratty) Cummings, Ken (Pop) Pickering, John Dickie, T Baugh, D Crisp, Colin Beamish, B (Bean) Richardson, Andrew McDougal,
    Mathew J Bowen, John Cobbledick, Brian Fisher, Eric Patrick, Fred Brown, C Oliver, Alan James Scott,
    Terry Fenwick, Ken (Snaz) Snowball, G Embleton, R McCormack, Harry Walker, Ray Smith,
    Barry Cowell, Terry Keen, G Carr, K Burns, Michael North, Ray Finnegan, M McLeod, J Cole and of course, Bill Tate.
    Email: John@davidsonbusiness.co.uk
    Website:

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  79. I started at BRS September 1965,1 of just 19,16 boys & 3 girls,in the original intake of 11 yearoylds.We were housed in the newly built & by RRS standards ultra modern(it had night storage heaters) Coquet dormitory.
    The dorm list read S.BEND,G.Blyth K.BOYD,K.Clark,J.ELLIOT,R.Green,B.Jackson,D.JACKSON,Murray,P.NEWLAN
    DS,J.Peel,Richardson,M.Roberts,N.rutherford,M.Stephens & T.Stone.I can only remember 2 of the girls names D.Williams & A.Patterson the 3rd had a polish name.We were joined by M.Boyle P.Herd & E.Tweddle within 2 weeks.The gentlemen in captals remained at BRS for a total of 6 years again being the first pupils to achieve 'O'Levels!
    I well remember my first day getting off the bus and dragging a suitcase which was probably heavier than I was up a drive that seemed longer than any of the much maligned Sunday hikes standing outside the ablutions waiting to bs allocated a dorm,which by then had been segregated by year group.Imagine my horror when I allocated Wansbeck the 3rd/4th year dorm a mistake soon rectified.
    If any of my year group read this I would really like to get back in touch,in particular the 4 lads I eventually spent 6, by and large happy,years with.
    Email: JACKELLIOT@sky.com
    Website:

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  80. It is with great sadness that we need to tell you of the very sudden death of Vince Curran,on Friday 2nd March 2012.
    He was on holiday in Spain with an elder brother,when he died.It is a huge shock to all his family and friends,especially his partner Sheila.
    As his body is to be brought from Spain to Newcastle,funeral arrangements are yet to be made.
    Sadly missed by sister Moira and brother-in-law Bill.
    Email: bill.main@btinternet.com
    Website:

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  81. Sent you a meesage yesterday please ignore it,I got my dates confused

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  82. 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the first intake of 11 yearolds (i.e.sept 1963)there was 21 of us as i recall,18 boys&3 girls.just wondering if any of them read this page especially any of other 4 who made it all the way to thier 6th year

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  83. I was at brownrigg during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Infact there is a photo of me on the wall which I never know existed. My sister Deborah Ince also attended the school for a while however not aslong as I did. I have fond memories of the school and the years I spent there. The pupils although we did have our rough times as I am sure everyone will remember the most of the time was fantastic. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood all relate to BRS including sledging on black bags down the fell. The dinning room going on fire. The magic dust we would pop into our mouths once we were put to bed and the talking books – we all loved watership down. I remember “spook” our glourious teacher who ruled us girls with a wet sandshoe............. listening to the top 40 on radio one if we had been good on a Sunday night. The school disco’s daning to Crazy little thing called love and Video killed the radio star, blondie and rainbow ......... and the plays – “Oliver” was particular interesting along with “the lion, the witch and the coatrack”. Running over to the ablushions to get washed in the rows of sinks in the freezing cold pulling each other’s towels.................... or is this all in my imagination. Let me know.
    Email: diane.ince@fasystems.co.uk
    Website:


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  84. Hi I'm Michael Hardy and i attended brownrigg in 1966. Anybody remember me?


    Email: janiebaby-001@live.com
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  85. Hi folks,
    My name is Patricia Ann Parry (nee Harries). I was at Brownrigg late 1954 - to Easter 1956. My dormitory was Pennine. My dear friends Yalerie Main and Jean Clough came from Ashington to attend the school. I'm still in touch with Valerie who lives in Bedlington. Jean died quite a few years ago. I've attended four of the reunions and loved each one - not bad since I have lived the last 44 years of my life in the Northern Territory of Australia! When I was at the school I was something of a champion swimmer. I loved the dances and walks and the wonderful freedom and lifestyle of living in the gorgeous part of Northumberland.
    Email: london30141@hotmail.com
    Website:

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  86. Anne Riddle if you from Chatton :- I think I might know you I was at Brown Rigg in the 1950s?

    Email: john.lowedh@btopenworld.com
    Website:

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  87. Looking for people at Brownrigg 1965/66 & who do i find but my ex boyfriend whom i haven't seen since he delivered coal hiya Toby.

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  88. Hi there all. Long time no chat. I really do intend to be there for the next one in 2012. I do look forward to seeing a lot of people from the past and Syd, happy to help out with a reading if required.

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  89. Peter cleary attended 1961/62
    Hi,like Jim Murdoch I have great memories
    of my time at Brown Rigg and left on the insistance of parents disappointed at my academic progress.In hindsight probably the correct decision however sad it made me at the time.That year in Tweed was definitely my happiest at school.I am not sure my old man valued the confidence and independance gained during that memorable time.
    I started life as an apprentice Marine Engineer and joined the Merchant Navy at 20 years of age.Not a career I saw as long term and eventually spent over 30 years in the drinks industry either in Engineering or Production mangement retired at 60 as an operations manager of a soft drinks company.
    Spend my time now on a golf course and looking after 3 lovely grandaughters with my wife Avril,we have been married for 39 years.
    Eric Sewell and I are still close friends and we do see others on odd occaisions,
    Jim nice to see your posting and I can't say I was surprised by your career path.
    Hope all of 62 in tweed are well
    Peter Cleary

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  90. Hi, Iwas at brownrigg 1957/1959 and remember most of you guys whom have contributed to this site. "YEA" they were heady days. Maybe i might make it to the next reunion in 2012.Where is it held?
    Alan Middlemass

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  91. It is nice to read letters from from former pupils and friends from my time at Brown Rigg 1958/60. I have attended most of the reunions apart from the last two when unfortunately I have been on holiday. I noticed that Sheila Vickers was trying to find an old school friend called Bridget but did not know her second name. I think the the person that you trying to contact is Bridget Emerson who I am told now lives in Fife in Scotland. If you get in touch with Eddie Graham I'm sure he will give you some contact details. I've just read August copy of the Happy Hiker and really enjoyed the article by Allison Croton.This brought back happy memories of the some of the best times of my younger days at Brown Rigg. Unfortunately Brown Rigg as we remember could never happen again what with health and safety and children and human rights.When we were at school if you were injured playing it was just one of those things that happens and we would never think of suing the Authorities.Can you imagine children at Brown Rigg now without their mobile phones and computers etc. Never mind we were the lucky ones who enjoyed Brown Rigg and are proud to say so!!I look forward to next years reunion and seeing old friends again.
    Email: robert44@talktalk.net

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  92. Date: 2011-08-02 21:31:03
    sydney@graham3065.freeserve.co.uk
    I shall be organising the "Brownrigg Songs of Praise at the 2012 Reunion. This
    traditioal service will take place in St Cuthberts Church on the Sunday morning.
    I require some friends to do the readings and would love to hear from anyone
    willing to help. Contact me by e-mail please.
    Email: sydney@graham3065.freeserve.co.uk
    Website:

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  93. Email: suzannek642@btinternet.com
    Website:
    Hi I was at Brownrigg in the 70s. I didnt even know this site was here. would
    love to here about any reunions.

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  94. gillianwilliamsne@hotmail.co.uk
    Hello everyone,

    I was at Brownrigg for a year when I was aged 11. This was 1973/74. Anyone else use this site that was there then?

    I'd love to here from you,

    Gill(Williams)

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  95. ivycraigen@tiscali.co.uk
    HI I WAS AT BROWNRIGG FOR MY SINS FROM SEPTEMBER 1966 TO 1968. I NEVER KNEW THIS SITE EXISTED UNTIL TODAY SO I THROUGHLY ENJOYED GOING THRO THE ARCHIVES. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS ME LET ME KNOW HOW YOUR DOING AND WHATS BEEN HAPPENDING TO YOU SINCE YESTERYEAR.

    IVY CRAIGEN

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  96. Date: 2011-04-01 10:22:55
    From: Derick Stewart
    Subject: Website Feedback Form Message
    Sender: Derick Stewart
    Email: dektoby@yahoo.co.uk
    Sender IP: 92.27.244.198
    --------------------------------------------------

    Hi i was aformer pupil from Brownrigg from I think it was 1964-66 when I was
    taken out of school by parents to start work as a mining apprentice at Ashington
    Colliery. i left the Pit in 1968 and joinedthe R.A.F for 12 years, demobed in
    1980 went back to Ashington Coliery as a driver in the transport department.
    Made redundant in 1986, no located in Braemar in Aberdeenshire. I am now a First
    line Manager at the Prison in Aberdeen, I atended a reunion in 2002 but lost all
    contact after that. Would love to attended the next reunion if at al posible in
    2012. I was known as Toby when @ Brownrigg nick name given to me by my fellow
    school mates.

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  97. Hi I attended Brownrigg 1957 until 1959 where I stayed in Hadrian Dorm, looked after by Mrs Wilson. I played in the girls netball team, which I have a photo off, as well as one where we all climbed onto the bonfire. (not alight though). I had a friend called Bridget, can't remeber last name, she was in Pennine Dorm. I really enjoyed myself while attending Brownrigg. Its also a small world, as my brother in laws wife was also a pupil at the same time as I was there. Her name was Brenda Clark, she provided copies of the photos.

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  98. Hi Dora, Jim and Eddie,
    I hope I can call you all my friends. I have had a wonderful time at the reunions with you all. I had not been in touch with anyone for over forty years. After I retired in 2002 I found the school on the web site a friend had told me about. What luck to meet up with so many people from ones youth. I hope to be there next year in 2012.
    Your doing a great job

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  99. hello
    anybody remember me
    Robert Turnbull
    would love to ear from anybody
    I now live in the states,atlanta,georgia.
    best wishes all.
    robertturnbull1952@yahoo.com

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  100. My father (Arthur Alan Barker, but always known as Alan Barker) was here, as a teacher/instructor(?). He was Royal Navy prior, during and after WWII & I would place him at Brownrigg between 1947 - 1957 (at the latest). I would be very interested to hear from anyone who remembers him during this time.

    Well done on this website, thank heavens you have the drive to create it, so we can all enjoy it. Thank you.

    Kindest regards

    Alan Barker

    aab104@hotmail.co.uk

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  101. binge@horizon.co.fk
    I was at Brown Rigg in 1953/54. I then went to Hull and trained for the Merchant Navy. Left that at 18 and joined the Royal Marines. Served for 22 years. I now live in the Falkland Islands. Brownrigg Certainly prepared me for life after school.
    mail: binge@horizon.co.fk
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  102. Hello everyone,

    To those of you that know me your journey ends here.

    To those of you that don't know me please let me introduce myself. My name is Jim Richardson and I was born, went to school, and lived in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne until I was fifteen years old.
    On leaving school I travelled around a bit during a spell in both the merchant navy and the army. They were, I suppose, my Brownrigg, for it was while I was in their service that I eventually came of age. It was where I learned to stand on my own two feet and fend for myself in the big bad world we were all cocooned from while at school. I learned many valuable lessons while in service that would stand me in good stead for the years that lay ahead. They have stayed with me to this day, their value undiminished by the passage of time.
    Dora and I now live in Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed, and no, I do not where purple, but Dora most certainly does.

    I have, for my sins, offered to try and assist Eddie (spuggy) Yarrow in updating and maintaining the Brownrigg School website after seeing his appeal on the website for helpers. I will in time mumble, fumble and stumble my way up the steep learning curve of Eddies creative genius and do what I can to assist, under his guidance and expertise, to help to create something worthwhile if I may.

    This may seem a little unusual to those of you that know me, for as you well know, I never attended Brownrigg as a pupil.
    I did however have the good fortune to meet and marry my wife, Letitia Dorathea Richardson (nee Morrison) or Dora as she is more affectionately known to family and friends. Dora did attend Brownrigg as a pupil from 1956/58ish I think, but I am not one hundred percent sure of these dates, so don't quote me.
    Dora's sister, Monica Howey (nee Morrison) also attended Brownrigg as a pupil and pre-dated her time there by some two years. Monica has not been able to attend the reunions these last few years due to failing health. Monica does however remember her time, and her friends at Brownrigg, with great affection.

    I had known of Brownrigg since my school days as pupils did, from time to time, disappear from my school and go to Brownrigg for a term or two. I never personally had the opportunity to attend Brownrigg and it is a regret that goes with me and grows with every reunion I attend. I now know there was, and still is, a tremendous gap in my education and upbringing that cannot be filled retrospectively.

    I have had the honour, and indeed the pleasure, of meeting so many wonderful people at the reunions that were initially Dora's friends and teachers who have gone out of their way to make me feel at home, and feel so welcome that I am now thrilled to be able to count those same people as friends in my own right.

    I shall endeavour to assist Eddie in every, and in anyway I can in making the Brownrigg School community want to visit their website at every opportunity to meet, greet, and put their memories and photographs, old and new, on record for posterity.

    A history of the people, by the people, for the people.

    Make it happen - get in touch - and put your footprints on a Northumbrian fell of the future for others to follow.

    With sincerest regards,

    Jim (and Dora too of course)) Richardson.











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  103. keithcwills@mac.com
    Just what we need. Lets hope that there is a lot of use made of it.
    Woodbine 1960 - 1962

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  104. I attended Brownrigg School 1961-63.

    Contemporaries were, to name a few, Alex Hobson, Gerald (Yogi) Beare, Eric Sewell, Peter Cleary, David (Titus) Oatts, Barry Cowell. Not to mention Janice Graham, Kathleen Foster, Yvonne Bellamy, Lindy Massingham, Christine Street each of whom captured my adolescent heart.
    Mr Raine was head, Ted Gray had a profound and positive influence on me, as he had, I'm sure, on many others. The gentle and beautiful Miss Cowan taught art, 'Drac' through his geography class, instilled in me a thirst for travel. Mr Parker, a wonderful person, a disdain for gardening! And 'Young' Mr Wilson, through his evening stories, an enduring love of literature. Oh! and Mrs Mansbridge, who set me on the road to being unabashedly accomplished in the kitchen - which served me well in my batchelor years (and certainly impressed the babes! - or were they just being kind?).
    It was a wonderful place to spend a portion of my teenage, idyllic surroundings, fresh air, good food, courtesy of the incomparable Mrs Wash (my children attended expensive private boarding schools where the catering paled into insignificance compared to Brownrigg's!).

    I played on the football team (with more enthusiasm than skill I fear) and ran cross country for the school. My one regret was the school didn't turn out a rugby team.

    In later life I was a British Army officer and a prison Governor in the USA - which is where I live now, though retired, in rural Connecticut, with three dogs on several acres - and STILL don't like gardening!

    I'd love to hear from Brownriggers of my era, I still remember you all vividly!

    chatdhubh@sbcglobal.net
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