Former Batley pupils reminisce at reunion

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.
Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

The Batley Parish CofE School’s Class of 1953-54 held a very successful reunion at Healds Hall, Liversedge, on Friday 29 June.

Jean and Geoff Hall travelled down from Edinburgh and John and Helen Dickinson came up from the Leicestershire area.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Everyone else at the reunion still live locally.

A former pupil at the event, Stuart Cocking, said: “Everyone enjoyed the evening, sharing memories of happy times and events such as the Coronation parades and street parties that took place around Batley in 1953 – our final year at junior school.

“Memories of teachers brought back reminders and many tales were told, mostly happy ones.

“Everyone remembered the headmaster Leonard Rowles and his deputy David Smart, and a favourite teacher of many pupils Thelma Brown, who sadly died just a short time before the reunion took place; a special lady who was in our thoughts and our condolences go to her sons Nigel and Chris and their families.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

“Everyone enjoyed reminiscing over a selection of photographs and a showing of the 16mm cine films of Batley around the 1950s, taken by Jack Mortimer who owned fish and chip shops in Beck Lane (Now Centenary Way) and then at the bottom of Dark Lane at the junction with Clerk Green.

“Jack was the uncle of one of the organisers’ wives and several of those attending were caught on film, at various events, including a harvest festival service at St Andrew’s Church. Seeing one of the attendees on film on several occasions as he went back to be filmed – again and again - caused some laughter.

“The staff and facilities at Healds Hall were excellent and everyone commented on the layout of the room, the excellent buffet meal provided, and the staff who ensured everything ran smoothly and made the evening such a success.

“A big thank you to everyone at Healds Hall, you could not have done more.”

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.

Batley Parish CofE School's Class of 1953-54 enjoyed a great time at the Healds Hall reunion.