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St Mark's School, Newtown


St. Mark's CE Junior School  Class c 1959
St. Mark's CE Junior School Class c 1959
Photo: Michael Ardern Mason
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Item #: 7270
Back Row
Alan Penk, Alan Wharton 2, Eric Grundy, Michael Fairhurst, Jeffrey Tither, Alan Pilkington, David Banks, Alan Gaskell, Phillip Dewhurst
Third Row
Michael Price, Michael Mason, Alan Turner, Alan Wharton 1, Leslie Higham, Alan Winstanley, ?, Frank Keenan, Stephen ?, John Brown
Second Row
Lisa Carole Blakemore, ?, ?, Marlene Smith, Susan Richardson, ?, ?, Janet Mason, Glenys Johnson, Shirley Long
Front Row
Edith Hodge, Christine Benson, Jean McFadden

The Infant Head Teacher in 1959 was Miss Eleanor Johnson, and the Junior School Head Teacher was Mr Birch. Our first infant teacher was Mrs Sherrington. The School Secretary was Mrs Melling, who always had a kind word for any child who was upset or distressed. Mr Tasker was the school caretaker. Please let me know if any of the names on the photo are incorrect, and if you can help in filling any gaps. Happy Memories! Michael A. Mason.

Comment by: Michael Fairhurst on 23rd May 2010 at 02:17

Well remembered Michael. I think Alan Pilkington should read Stephen Pilkington - bit of a rum lad I recall. Barely recognised myself on the photo.

Comment by: ian roberts on 23rd August 2010 at 18:22

front row 4th is my mam marlene smith

Comment by: jeanette mc donald on 6th November 2010 at 08:41

just found my sister, shes in the second row,kathleen mc donald,is her name,im living in astralia, shes in england.

Comment by: sandra davies nee turner on 20th February 2011 at 15:46

hi michael,i think that you got mixed up with the turner boys that is brian turner next to you not alan.do you remamber us we used to shop at your parents shop i remember how good they were with my mum.hope you are keeping well.

Comment by: jennifer gibson on 22nd October 2011 at 20:25

Hi jeanette
I am Jennifer hardman nee Gibson
My daughter has a computer I donot her email is


HI my daughter was on wigan worldweb site & printed some photosd for me I wasn't on any though. ((((( but I spotted y sister &that u ad comented on the pic so I asked my daughter 2 bring her lappy so I could get in touch with u
Like I say I was jeniffer Gibson I lived at 34 saddleback rd in those days & you lived in Albert street & just higher up than u Joyce gaskle lived we all went to St marks school.
I was also friendly with Brenda hitchen carol peet do you you remember these I can also remember miss liptrot also Mrs barker a teacher do you remember these??? Miss snellson was our head teacher ... I have a photo of her if you would like it I can get my daughter to email you it..
I can remember when you emigrated I was so sad to be loseing my friend I often think of you thedn my daughter comes with photos hence I am Emailing you in the hope to hear from you soon..
Can I ask do you have any photos of me at school as I donot..... :((((((
If you ever vist UK then I live in keswick like I have said you are more than welcome to stay hear or my daughter now lives in Leigh so if you say stay in wigan then I could come & stay with my daughter & we could meet up there..... As it would be nice to meet up again after all these years as like I say I do remember you from school very well...
I look forward to hearing from you soon
I hope you remember me was Jennifer
Gibson now Jennifer hardman

Hope you are keeping well out the down under...
I really hope we can be in touch after all these years

Jennifer hardman [nee Gibson]

p/s i am messaging you on hear as i av emailed though they bounce back so i op u get this if so please email on



Comment by: edith birch on 23rd February 2012 at 15:19

i went to st marks junior school i used to run for the schooldoes anyone remember me

Comment by: kathleen jeffery on 25th September 2012 at 13:37

my name was kathleen mcdonald,I am sitting behind the three girls on the mat, I am the third one in from the right, I think margeret turner is three in from the left.she was my best friend but I have not seen her since I now live back in the uk and would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

Comment by: Alan Wharton (2) on 10th January 2016 at 16:53

Back row 2nd from right is John Gaskell,third row 3rd from right I think is John Green, 2nd from right is Steven Daniels, second row third from left is Kathleen Turner and next to Susan Richardson is Eileen Rathbone, next to her I think is Kathleen Turton ?. Steve Pilkington and Syd Bell emigrated to Australia, Frank Keenan emigrated to New Zealand, all good mates at the time.

Comment by: Michael Ardern Mason on 23rd July 2016 at 18:41

Thanks for all comments and corrections.
Michael Fairhurst - Yes, it is Stephen Pilkington on the back row, 4th from the right; he lived in Scot Lane, and was a rum lad!
Sandra Davies nee Turner - I do remember your brother Brian Turner, and once managed to get in a fight with him after school! I also remember the rest of your family coming into our grocers chop at 40 Victoria Street, Newtown.
Ian Roberts - I well remember your mother, Marlene Smith, she was tall and good at running!
Alan Wharton (2) - thanks for your corrections and additions - it's a long time since our days in Newtown and in the Boys Brigade. Kind regards to you,

Comment by: Bill Gregory on 5th September 2016 at 18:20

Not certain Michael but I do believe that the lad on the second row from the back,fourth from the left is me..Bill Gregory.

Comment by: David Dixon on 27th February 2017 at 09:22

Yes, this is Lisa Carole Blakemore. She had a younger brother called Jack and at the time I knew her, in London in the late 60s early 70s, her mother, widowed since Lisa was young, owned Bryn Post Office. The last contact I had with her was when she went to Brunel University to study psychology.

Comment by: Kenneth Winstanley on 10th January 2021 at 11:17

hi. everyone. late in life to do this. i remember well Alan Wharton. went to the isles of man with Michael, along with the late Bill Worsley and of course Ernest Swift. happy days

Comment by: Michael Mason on 19th September 2021 at 20:44

Hi Kenneth, On the Isle of Man holiday, I introduced Bill Worsley to Sheila who he later married. It was a great holiday.

Comment by: Kenneth Winstanley on 11th April 2022 at 21:19

Hi Michael. yes possibly one of the best holidays of my life. so sad that Bill died so young. do you know how Ernie is.

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