Children are fascinated by teacher's school memories

A FORMER Filey Junior School teacher went back to the classroom – 72 years after starting his first teaching job there.

Bob Hall, 94, of Filey, took up his post as a woodwork teacher in 1937, and stayed at the school until he was called up to fight in the Second World War.

He returned after serving in the forces for six years, teaching woodwork to child-ren from Filey as well as those who travelled from Flamborough, Hunmanby, Wold Newton and the surrounding villages.

When the secondary school was built on Muston Road in 1961, Mr Hall went to teach woodwork there before retiring in 1975 at the age of 60.

Last week, he returned to Filey Junior School to talk to a class of nine- to 11-year-old pupils who have been looking at the life of the school in the 1930s as part of the school’s centenary celebrations.

He told the children a lot had changed since he was last there, but getting the teaching job in Filey was his “luckiest day ever.”

Class teacher Diane Roberts said he had lots of memories and historical facts to share and the youngsters were thrilled to hear about what the school was like in the 30’s from someone who was there.

She said: “The children were fascinated. Mr Hall was brilliant and was back in front of a class as though he had never been away.”