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St Cuthbert's, Norley Hall


School play at St Cuthberts, Christmas 1963/4.
School play at St Cuthberts, Christmas 1963/4.
Photo: Anthony Highton
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St Cuthberts, Thorburn Road, Norley Hall, Christmas 1963-64 school play. I am one of the kings along with Dave Rollings, ? Morris, ? Baxendale.

Comment by: bingoma on 16th February 2009 at 17:20

I was at st cuthberts in 63 and 64 but cant place any of the faces sadly, does anyone remember mr murphy (headteacher) and mr mcardle? think he took junior 4 also miss lowe art teacher.

Comment by: joe on 21st February 2009 at 14:45

hi bingoma i was at st cuthberts in the 60s i remember mr murphy hes still alive sadly joe mcardle is no longer with us i was in mrs darwins class long time ago great memories

Comment by: john meehan on 6th December 2009 at 17:55



Comment by: mary catterall on 14th January 2010 at 19:47

I'm the miserable looking one at the front with arms crossed. Also in the line up, Kevin Swan, Billy Oakley, Sheila Oliver, Joan Moran, David Cunliffe, Joan Southworth, Linda McGuigan

Comment by: pete barker on 15th February 2011 at 04:19

I seem to recall a couple of the names here as I was at St Cuthberts during this time. My teacher was Mr. McArdle. I then went to St.Peters briefly, before returning to Rochdale.

Comment by: pete barker on 22nd February 2011 at 01:12

Other names I recall from this time include; Peter Sutton, Paul Peet, John Funk and Dennis Liptrot.

Comment by: pete barker on 6th March 2011 at 04:54

There was a Dave Sutton too I recall.

Comment by: Mike EWorrell on 7th January 2013 at 20:42

Remember Mr Murphy very well , He was a good headmaster and well loved by all. fond memories of the man, and he was very kind. He is still alive, but now in a nursing home.

Comment by: Brendan Cleverley on 15th October 2013 at 18:33

I remember Mary and Sheila and also Mrs Lowe who was a bit handy with her caning technique ! Would love to have a reunion !

Comment by: Mary Lamb (nee Catterall) on 10th January 2014 at 22:15

I remember you well, Brendan. Somehow, I don't think Miss Lowe's caning technique would be allowed these days!

Comment by: pete barker on 29th August 2014 at 18:44

It is possible that the lad next to the end (left) top row is me.

Comment by: Mary Lamb on 1st September 2014 at 20:31

I thought the boy on the top row, left, next to the end, was David Morris.

Comment by: pete barker on 2nd September 2014 at 00:31

You could be right Mary. But I do have an abiding memory from that time of us standing at the top in our stockinged feet and slipping along the side worktops. We were not allowed to wear shoes on the tops. Also, I did look very much like that lad when I used to have red hair in those days.

Comment by: Christine I'Anson ( Larkin ) on 2nd September 2014 at 22:56

I was at st. Cuthberts at this time but not in this photo and I remember jJohn Funk ,he changed his name to John Finch and had an older brother.i also remember the other names you mention ,Pete .Mary Conlon ,Christine Newton ,Marylin Brennan were some of my old classmates along with Kieth Jones ,Billy King and Steven Thomas ,to name but a few !!

Comment by: Mary Lamb on 3rd September 2014 at 22:19

I see what you mean, now, Pete. In fact, I think David Morris is right in the middle, to the left of Sheila Oliver. (Her left.) Christine, you've come up with names I'd completely forgotten. All very interesting!

Comment by: pete barker on 3rd September 2014 at 23:18

I also remember a Dave Hitchen from around this time. I heard he went into the RAF some years ago.

Comment by: Marilyn brennan on 21st February 2015 at 23:30

I remember Christine Larkin and the names you mentioned I also remember the caning by Mr mcardle hated the man

Comment by: pete barker on 1st July 2016 at 03:15

I seem to recollect that Mr Mc Ardle went on holiday in 1965 to one of the Carolinas in the USA. I can't remember if it was North Carolina or South Carolina. But he told all his class at the time, me included, about his trip. A holiday like that, was so unusual at that time.

Comment by: Mary Lamb on 18th August 2016 at 20:01

Mr Brendan Murphy M.B.E. passed away last week at the age of 96. His funeral was on Friday 12 August at St Mary's church, Standishgate, Wigan and he was interred at Our Lady and All Saints church, Lancaster Lane, Parbold.

Comment by: Jackie Webb on 27th June 2020 at 21:00

This photo was taken in the old Annix .. two people from my class Jacqueline Banks the shepherd and Stephen the year was 1969... My mum died last year next door to Where Mr Murphy died in Haighfield Nursing Home..

Comment by: Jacqueline Banks on 30th June 2021 at 21:06

That is not me as a shepherd

Comment by: Jacqueline Banks on 1st July 2021 at 16:12

Looking for a photo from my first holy communion if anyone remembers me

Comment by: Yvonne Taylor on 14th July 2021 at 08:06

Was Bennett, I was there in the 60's, was in Mrs Darwin's class, Mr Murphy frightened me to death, with his cane his up his sleeve!

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