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    Bill Taylor

    As usual, you leave us with more questions than answers?
    Was this a drinking straw that Pete chewed or the sort that farm labourers used to stick in their mouths at hiring fairs to indicate their availability for employment?
    If the former, had he already employed it to suck down his mid-morning 1/3-pint of milk or was it new and unused (and thus a far culpable offence, straws not growing on trees, you know)?
    If the latter, was he looking for agricultural work? And did he find it?
    Where (and when) will your "milestone" birthday party be held?
    County policy or not, I don't recall Cockton Hill Junio Mixed (which I graced with my presence while you were at Tin Tacks) ever recording corporal punishment in a book. And I was beaten on a fairly regular basis there, both formally and informally. The unofficial (I presume) policy when you sent to the head's office for a thrashing was to first keep you standing at his door for 10 or 15 minutes, presumably as an awful warning to others.
    There was one dreadful teacher who, if he happened by, invariably would stop to enact in pantomime what was coming. I think he must have derived some perverted pleasure from this.
    The beatings were never that bad, certainly not in comparison with the casual violence meted out by many of the staff at King James I Grammar.

    Gary

    As someone with more than a passing interest in Timothy Hackworth School, I was disturbed to read your comments about pillars (some unkindly say pillocks) of our community and there reprobate past. Who would have thought Mike Amos, Peter Sixsmith and friends were juvenile delinquents, and look how they turned out . Their parents must have gone grey early, with all the strife.

    The school has turned out some good 'uns over the years, as well as some journalists. Notorious all...

    Spare the cane and save the child, may be the present day chant, but in the old days when right was right and wrong was wrong, people grew up to add something to society not take it away.

    Well done Tin Tac relics you have done well.

    Gary (school governor, who darn’t use his real name, in case the teachers get the cane out)


    Gary

    I was uhhmmmmm taught at Timothy Hackworth School and do know the difference between there and their, my spell checker does not...

    Bill Taylor

    That's more than Colin knew when he left their (or, as he would have put it, there) hallowed halls.....

    Pete Sixsmith

    And now, the secret isout. Yes, I was a pre teen straw chewer.I did it because it was the thing to do at that time. A group of us would meet in secret, outside the shed at the bottom of the playground and exchange straws. Sometimes we would put them in our pockets and take them home where we could chew them in the privacy of our inside (in my case) or outside toilets. But once the need to chew the straw got too great we would risk doing it in class.Mr Jackson must have seen me diving into my desk to grab a quick chew of the straw to help get me through another interminable lesson of Singing Together on the radio. I freely admit that without the drinking straws to chew on, my concentration levels would have sunk even lower and I would have been unable to join in the umpteenth chorus of "Turn the Glasses Over".

    From there it was an easy step to Fencing with Rulers.

    I blame the liberal 60's and the Tory government of Harold MacMillan for encouraging youngsters to experiment with ruler fights. The liberal establishment could have done a lot more to prevent people in my class from fencing with rulers and it would have prevented many of us from ending up in dead end jobs like teachers, doctors and journalists if they had.
    Thank God I never succumbed to the real hard stuff like Giving Someone a Chinese Burn or Using Blotting Paper in a Wasteful Manner.

    keith

    Fencing with rulers? Tame stuff. At my primary school, it was the teacher who had the ruler ... and used the edge to administer corporal punishment. None of your softie punishment book nonsense there. Needless to say, I took it like a man ... I'm pretty sure I only cried for two days.

    Bill Taylor

    Tin Tacks pupils were notoriously effete; noted for it throughout the district. Had Cockton Hill possessed a punishment book, it would have been for the adminstration rather than the recording of beatings: "Six strokes with the punishment book, recalcitrant youth, and may god have mercy on your (r)soul....."

    Malcolm Armsteen

    This Sixsmith looks a Bad Lot to me. I expect he spent his life in Prison.

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    As someone with more than a passing interest in Timothy Hackworth School, I was disturbed to read your comments about pillars (some unkindly say pillocks) of our community and there reprobate past. Who would have thought Mike Amos, Peter Sixsmith and friends were juvenile delinquents, and look how they turned out . Their parents must have gone grey early, with all the strife.

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