I too was born at Bredbury in 1951 and attended Barrack Hill Primary School from
1957-1962. then went on to Highfield. I have a good memory of those early days and recall teachers such as ( juniors) Mrs.Ridley. Mrs. Lambert, Mrs Gyton. Miss Palmer. ( seniors) Miss Heaton. Mr. Brown. Mr. Garlick.
Some class mates I recall (in no particular order) were Christopher Needham. Brian Eyre.
Clifford Richardson. Robert Lambert. Anthony Booth. Peter Sullivan. Alan Timperley.Barry Harrop.
The girls I recall were : Judith Garlick ( daughter of the teacher) Janet Pruce, Susan Dean.Harvene Stenton. I have fond memories of those days. Playing football and rounders in the school playground and forever knocking/kicking the ball into the garden of the house next to the playgound !
I also recall the lollipop lady outside the school and cenotaph. She was a neighbour on our's a Mrs. Annie.Wood. Her son Kevin also attended Barrack Hill. Another memory was marching each morning into assembly and listening to the Headmaster Mr. Kimber or was it Kimberly ? They use to play one of the classic records - Bach, Brahms, Shubert, etc. and each week a school monitor was chosen and lifted on high up on a gymnastics stool and made to feel a right charlie and hope they did not feint and fall off it !
I recall hard winters back then, but the school always seemed to be kept piping hot .
Both my sister and brother attended Barrack Hill. I now live in Stalybridge and was distressed recently when I drove past the school to find that it had been demolished.
Alas nothing lasts forever . But we keep our memories for a lifetime.
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