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St Mark's School, Newtown


St. Mark's, 1957.
St. Mark's, 1957.
Photo: Brian Young
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Item #: 373
St. Mark's C. E. School, Wigan, 1957.

Comment by: william sharpe on 14th November 2008 at 21:54

do we know who any of the pupils? I left st marks in 1957, but cannot say if I was on this photo or not. Anyone remember "billy sharpe"?

Comment by: vivien nee grundy on 6th October 2009 at 23:05

i think thats me bottom row far left also ronald abernethy and eric waterworth 'linda ? is next to me i remember most faces but not many names

Comment by: susan bamber on 17th October 2009 at 19:24

the twins on second row up are me mum and me aunty lizzy also known as florrie n elizabeth/betty jackson

Comment by: bill oakes on 18th April 2010 at 20:57

Hi, Billy did you live at 126 Broom Rd. and are you Ronald Sharpes cousin

Comment by: bill sharpe on 29th May 2010 at 10:47

bill oakes, how are you? it must be over 50 years since we last met. so many memories and yes it is THE billy sharpe from 126.I am now retired and living in Morecambe.Great to hear from you.

Comment by: bill sharpe on 29th May 2010 at 13:36

hi Bill,
I wonder if you have finished reading those comics I lent you? You remember, there was a "superman" a "batman & robin" and 2 editions of the "eagle". Whilst there is no rush, you have had them for over 50 years, although I remember that you were a slow reader. Maybe you can drop them off whenever you are passing.
Great to hear from you.

Comment by: hvivien nee grundy on 30th May 2010 at 19:48

hi bill sharpe do you have a sister dorothy if so she was in my class cant see her on here but then it is a long time ago

Comment by: bill sharpe on 31st May 2010 at 17:12

yes,I do have a sister Dorothy. I also have 2 other sisters, Kathleen and Betty together with 3 brothers, Robert,Paul and Thomas.All of us attended St Marks.I am the eldest and left in 1957.

Comment by: jean hall on 8th February 2011 at 09:57

I went to St Marks but it was a bit later than this from about 1956 to 1963 have an old photo somewhere will try to put on here...I was in Mr Carruthers class with Stephen Mather, Carole Robinson, Cynthia Stewart to name a few....

Comment by: janet mason middle front row on 16th August 2011 at 20:37

imm front middle my best friends where helen hitchen and joyce ince vivien grundy lived round the corner from me barry just beth hodge mr pennington was my last teacher before i left

Comment by: sheila worsley on 7th October 2011 at 14:25

first full boys row at top first boy is bill worsley he would have been about eight years old and he lived on victoria streeet

Comment by: kathleen jeffery on 25th September 2012 at 13:27

my name is kathleen mcdonald. thats me sitting on the mat on the right.left senior school in 1962 to live in australia ,i now live back in the uk.does anyone remember me

Comment by: BEWLEY on 10th October 2012 at 20:17

Kathlene Mc Donald, are you a relation of Ronald Sharpe ?

Comment by: dorothy nee sharpe on 25th February 2013 at 01:40

hello Vivian Grundy. i do remember you. i think that is possibly me front row far right. i remember Linda Henstead, beth hodge, jennifer leigh, barry just ronal abernethy, eric w,margaret walsh helen hitchen janet mason, joyce ince,i can remember the names of most of the class. ronald abernethy played a guitar and sang "diana" (very exotic we all thought) haha.ps billy oakes i remember your sister, Jackie and your lovely dad who always called me "John Bull"???? pps have you got any of my comics? i know i lent them to someone. happy days,

Comment by: Billyo on 8th March 2013 at 18:37

Hi Dorothy,
Your Billy says they were his comics, nice to hear from you hope you are well.

Comment by: dorothy sharpe (as was) on 15th March 2013 at 05:53

hello billy oakes. yes i am very well.have lived in parbold for past 35 years. i am granny to 6 and mum to two. seeing these photos has sent (over the past few weeks) a rush of memories from my childhood in the fifties. i loved my time at St Marks. a wonderful school. here is a memory that has stayed with me always. ... one snowy afternoon, Mr Birch, the head, took us into the playground with a microscope. we held out our hand (as instructed)and viewed the pattern of a snowflake up close. beautiful, yes, but he told us that each snowflake had its own unique, pattern. i was filled with awe and never forgot that moment he was a truly "memorable man and teacher".

Comment by: dorothy sharpe (as was) on 15th October 2013 at 23:37

hello again Bill Oakes. Meant to ask when I last left a comment but it slipped my mind, ... did you go to Wigan Grammar when you left St.Marks? And is that you on a 1961/2 "first X1" football team picture on Wigan Grammar school Site? did you know an Ian Pierce who is on the picture? We used to be friendly with him in the late sixties/early sevevnties then lost touch. someone on one of the sites said that he had died a good number of years ago? did you hear that? or perhaps you lost touch after school. (indeed, it might not even be you on the picture anyway) can you throw any light? Cheers.

Comment by: BillyO on 28th October 2013 at 19:03

Hello Dorothy,
No I did not go to the Grammar school or St. Marks for that matter I went to All Saints. Do you ever hear from the Forshaw sisters you used to mate with I believe one lives on Skye

Comment by: dorothy sharpe (aswas) on 28th October 2013 at 23:16

hello billy, Linda Forshaw (the oldest of the sisters) was the one who lived on Skye. Her sister Kath was a very close friend of mine for many years. we shared all the best of our "growing up years" together and had some amazing times and adventures. we still exchange birthday/Christmas cards but I haven't seen her for many years. she lives in Beech Hill I believe. (well, that's where I still send the cards.) (p.s. always thought that you went to St.Marks. The memory can be so unreliable) all the best Billy.

Comment by: anthony wareing on 30th March 2014 at 23:29

as your entire family seemed to go there...do you remember a carol Lloyd? born 1947

Comment by: dorothy on 31st March 2014 at 14:44

(older than me. I was b.1950) did she have a sister Ann(e) Lloyd?

Comment by: Michael Ardern Masoni on 17th March 2015 at 13:20

Back Row
Grham Gaskell, ?,
2nd Row
Bill Worsley, Alan Speakman, Sydney Bell, Brian Waterworth, Billy or Alan Duckworth, Alan Winstanley, John Mullen, Fred Grimes, Frankie Farrell,
3rd Row
Derek Hayton, ?, ?, ?, Lesley Higham. ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
4th Row
?, Susan Darbyshire, Christine Whalley, Sylvia Halliwell, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
Front Row
Susan Redfern, Alice ?, Jean Darcy

Comment by: Ann Tammadge on 26th March 2017 at 21:03

My mom went st marks school but not sure if age do you know how I can find photo her name was ivy Joyce Unsworth

Comment by: Michael Mason on 21st February 2020 at 19:10

Front row 1st left is Susan Redford, not Susan Redfern

Comment by: Michael Mason on 21st February 2020 at 19:15

Updated names
Back Row
Grham Gaskell, ?,
2nd Row
Bill Worsley, Alan Speakman, Sydney Bell, Brian Waterworth, Billy or Alan Duckworth, Alan Winstanley, John Mullen, Fred Grimes, Frankie Farrell,
3rd Row
Derek Hayton, ?, ?, ?, Lesley Higham. ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
4th Row
?, Susan Darbyshire, Christine Whalley, Sylvia Halliwell, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?,
Front Row
Susan Redford, Alice ?, Jean Darcy

Comment by: Sylvia's daughter on 5th March 2020 at 19:56

I would like to clarify that it is my Mum, Sylvia Halliwell, 4th row, 5th from the left. It's lovely to see a photo of my Mum during her school days. Sadly she passed away in February 1997 after a long and brave fight with cancer.

Comment by: roy cunningham on 16th April 2020 at 14:53

the girl on the long row of girls...second in from left is Christine Derbyshire...not susan..I know because I married her..lovely woman

Comment by: Kenneth Winstanley on 8th January 2021 at 17:35

Does anyone know Ernest Swift. myself , Ernest, Bill Worsley and Michael Mason had a great holiday together in 1966 on the isle of man. i know bill past away some years ago, he was a lovely guy.

Comment by: Brian Green on 28th November 2021 at 16:50

Thats me Brian Green, next to top row far left as you look at the photo, I lived in Ridyard St.

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