Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

School Dinner Days

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

School Dinner Days

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FOR the pupils of Coatham County Modern School, Monday mornings meant only one thing.

Clutching half a crown's worth of dinner money, each class would have to stand in line out in the yard and wait to be called into the hall to hand it in.

They were all smartly dressed in the Redcar school's uniform - navy blue skirt, smart white shirt and regulation striped school tie for the girls as well as a navy blue gabardine coat.

Their half a crown would buy them five hot, freshly cooked dinners - dishes like mince and dumplings were firm favourites - and, remembers ex-pupil Jackie Jarred, the meals would be served on plates and they would sit in tables of six to eat them.

"We would also have teachers at the tables. I remember we had the headmaster and his wife at ours - she was the domestic science teacher.

"Lessons wise, amongst other things the boys did metalwork, woodwork and tech drawing, the girls did domestic science and needlework," she says.

Jackie and her classmates left school in 1972 - the building still exists although the school is now called Redcar Community College.

To mark the 40th anniversary, a reunion is being organised. Jackie is part of a small team pulling the whole thing together.

"It's 40 years since we left - we thought we'd have a reunion when it got to 40 years since leaving school," she smiles. …

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