I recall how Miss Tappenden would walk the corridors at break times, peering into the classrooms to see what we were up to. Once she caught me helping myself to sultanas from the cookery room larder. I was horrified when, later in the day, I was sent for and told to stand outside her room.
Eventually, quivering in my shoes and expecting big trouble, I was called; ‘COME IN’. Her voice, had quite a powerful boom to it. To my utter amazement she informed me that I’d been selected as a prefect! As an adult, I realised what a clever woman she was in the way in which she handled the girls. She was firm; strict but very fair.
I remember Kenny Ball – he used to torment me on the way home from school. I also remember two friends, both called Betty. One was blonde called Betty Smith. The other had dark hair and was called Betty Parkes. They were inseparable.
My first real boyfriend was Ronnie Hoad, although I was quite a flirt in those days. I was delighted when I was made a milk monitor, which entailed going down the back staircase to collect the milk from the boys department.