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A Shout From The Attic: Teachers

...He was also given to caning the whole class for the misdemeanour of one. He had a very striking style...

Ronnie Bray recalls a teacher with a "striking'' style. For more of Ronnie's life story click on A Shout From The Attic in the menu on this page.

I spent a year in the class of a Miss Sykes. The whole year is a wipe-out.

Miss Lillian Sykes was a short large woman of some simple ferocity although I do not recall being more frightened of her than I was of anyone else. I do recall that she once caned me with some vigour - for what I cannot remember - whilst bending over a chair. Thus passed another year of my education.

The following year was spent under the tutelage of two teachers. I cannot recall where the split came. The teacher I best remember was Mr Llewellyn, affectionately known as Louie. He was not Welsh, in spite of his name. He was a good teacher, having a sense of humour. He was also given to caning the whole class for the misdemeanour of one. He had a very striking style.

I do remember standing behind my desk. Every member of the class was standing, with hands outstretched. Mr Llewellyn went down the lines with his thin cane, giving everyone a single blow on the finger tips. In spite of the pain and injustice of it, no one seemed to mind and I did not hear anyone complain about injustice. On another memorable occasion a boy exclaimed at his punishment, Ooh, right ont tips!

Louie was given to removing comics from those reading them when they should have been doing something else.

Its a swizz! one lad remonstrated.

No its not, rejoined our smiling teacher, its a Beano!

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