If you, or a family member or friend, attended Walkington School on Northgate in 1976, then the attached film will be of interest to you. It was brought to the blog’s attention by a reader who became interested after reading a post on the early days of Walkington School. The film was made by Walkington resident Roger Hateley. It seeks to create a typical school day in 1876 and was made in celebration of the Walkington School Centenary at the old school site on Northgate.
Roger has now left the village but I am told he was a lecturer at Hull University and was a keen follower of the Village Quiz. In fact, here’s a trivia question. Who made the wooden gavel used by the current quiz master? No need to get the postcards out… it was Roger Hateley.
Further research reveals that Roger was involved in planting trees around the village and also at Bluestone Pit and Townend Pit. Many years ago village residents used to organise an annual trip to complete the famous Lyke Wake Walk, in North Yorkshire. Roger, who owned a dormobile van in those days, used to transport the support party to the various checkpoints on the route.
The film is approximately 11 minutes long and forms part of the Yorkshire Film Archive. Unfortunately, the film soundtrack has been lost.
So, see if you can spot somebody you may know, or maybe even yourself all those years ago. Please click on the link below to access the YFA site and the film.
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