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Colin Gaden

I was a first in the 'Late Developer' scheme taking an examination at the age of 13 and being granted a County Minor Scholarship to Malton Grammar School in December 1944 to start in the Spring term, January 1945. I went straight into Form III and never had to take languages but I was expected to 'catch up' during those classes doing extra work on the other subjects.

I only have happy and nostalgic memories of of the school although, like many other pupils, I did NOT work hard enough, but managed to get five credits and two passes in the 1947 School Certificate which was valuable in obtaining the job of Clerk to the Sanitary Inspector and Surveyor to Malton Urban District Council and qualified in 1952 after National Service in the R.A.M.C. My career as an Environmental Health Officer was at Wetherby.

The school only had about 130 pupils so everyone knew each other. Famous contemporaries were Vic Wilson who captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and Terry Dyson who won an F.A.Cup Winners Medal with Tottenham Hotspur.

Mr Bruce Rolls influenced me as our English teacher and I have maintained my love of English ever since, and he also inspired us in sport being our PE teacher. Other teachers included Mr.Barty, Mr.Mudge, Mr.Hickling, Mr.Beverley, Mr.Brundrett, Miss Platts, Miss Darbyshire, Miss Taylor.

When I started at the school the D Day landings in Normandy were just six months old and six months after it was V.E.Day (Victory in Europe in May 1945), therefore it was very much a wartime existence at the school with Mr. and Mrs. Barker serving us excellent school dinners.

Growing older means nostalgia for 'the good old days' and I attended a re-union at the Green Man, Malton; I realised that some help was welcomed with the organisation and took on the task starting with a list of addresses from Brian Denison and that list has grown to around 150 O.M's mainly pre-1950 pupils, one O.M. passing on information about another with whom they keep contact.

In the second column is a typical invite letter from Colin to a Malton Grammar School reunion:


At The Green Man, Malton on Tuesday 30th April 2002, 11am onwards


COLIN GADEN (1944-1947)
18 Meyrick Avenue
Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS22 6SP

03 March 2002

Dear Old Maltonian

It' s that time of the year again - Spring - and thoughts turn to the MGS Reunion at the Green Man Hotel, Malton on Tuesday 30th April 2002 from l1am onwards until the last departure around 3pm. Please try to attend, but if you can't, drop me a line so that I can give your apologies and let your 'old' school friends know you are still alive and kicking.

I have a list of the 130 ex·pupils who will each receive a copy of this letter. If you would like a copy of that list just ask me; phone, Wlite or email me at the above address. The maorlity of the 130 are pre-1950 pupils and I will gladly let you have addresses too if you wish to contact anybody. If you know of anybody who should be on the list please let me have the details.

Sixty. seven 'Old Maltonians' attended last year, including a few that I had not seen before and it was a pleasure to meet up after many years. You could have the same pleasure on the 30th April. I have news from Doreen Edwards (now Mrs. Moore) who sent photos of her late brother, Derek, with the football team of 43-44, and also Derek on the piano with the 'Sigma Rythm Heptet' which included Vince Cable, Peter Horsley, Freddie Marwood & A.N.Other. Also letter from Gwen Monkman (Canada), the address of Andrew and Diane (Kirkwood) Barton; Mary Thackray; Stan Simons 33-37 including photocopy of autograph album page signed by, amongst others, Grice, Dodsworth, Frankish, Canham, Jean Bielby, Theasby etc. Received email from Howard Campion 52-59. Letter from Ted Parke 37-39, and from Adaline Glover (nee Haddock) 26-32. Long letter from Audrey Wray and from Andrew Cockerill 64-71; then Frances Freer (now Mrs. Bielby), Eileen Ransom (now Mrs. Emsley). Denise Weston (nee Barty). Sadly I report the death of Michael Vasey last September and Margaret Clarkson. If I have not responded to correspondence efficiently, I apologise. Information on these and any other 'Old Maltonian' is here for the asking.

Steve FearnIey, Deputy Head at Malton School reports a project: 'History of Malton School' (which includes MGS of course). He asks for contributions from you. He writes "people attending your April Re-Union could bring along their contribution that day" and O. M. Howard Fox will be attending on the 30th. April and he is also on the working Group. Steve may get to see us too. Steve can be contacted at the School on 01653 / 692828 and on Email admin@maltonschool.org

I have arranged a two-course lunch with coffee/tea at £8.45 to be ordered and paid for individually on the day. The menu includes: Fricassee of Turkey, Topside of Beef, Supreme of Fresh Salmon, Vegetable Panhagarty all with vegetables and from The Carvery. Followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding, Coffee and Mandarin Gateau, Fruit Salad or Fruit Cheesecake. Coffee or Tea

If you have any ideas, suggestions or observations about re-unions do contact me. You do not necessarily have to reply to this letter, just turn up on the 30th April.

Yours sincerely

Colin Gaden