MY LIFELONG FRIEND-PAM
Pam and I have been friends for sixty five years, we met at Littleworth Infant School in October, 1944.
My first school was Saint Mary's Infants, I started there in October 1943 and I loved it, the Head Mistress was Miss Eaton and my class teacher was Miss Saville. In October 1944 my mum and I went to live at Burton Grange, it was a wrench, having to leave my school, my cousins, Jack and Tony and my three aunts.
Due to the move I had to change schools and I was dreading it, even now I can remember how awful I felt, no amount of reassurance from my mum made any difference. The dreaded day duly arrived and I was taken to Littleworth Infants's School, I cried and cried even though my class teacher Mrs. Ladlow was very kind. I became aware of another little girl sitting by my side, she was feeling so sorry for me, she drew me a picture of a little Dutch girl, this is how I met Pam and we have been friends ever since. We remained in the same class all through Infant School and when we went to the Junior School at the age of seven, still firm friends.
Pam and I aged 9 years old.
In those days, the Barnsley schools had some kind of festival which was held at the Alhambra Cinema and we both had parts in Gabriel Grub and Bluebeard, on consecutive years, Bluebeard being the first one. Pam was the narrator dressed as a witch and I was a slave girl.
Some of the names, which are not in order, have been provided by my friend Pam.
Mavis Shepherd, Margaret Holland, Leslie Darren, Betty Jepson, Geoffrey Sidebottom, Frances Pashley, Mary Feeley (arrow) Pam Thorpe, Barry Grice, Marlene Hunter, Barry Swann, Geoffrey Wainwright, Connie Hirst, Anne Wolstenholme and Barry Hobson. The lad sitting on the chair is Barrymore Bates (he played "Bluebeard")
Thankfully, there are no photographs of "Gabriel Grub". I played a goblin, wearing a black tunic with a hood, this had made up from "Blackout" curtaining which had been used during the war, my spindly legs were encased in itchy black stockings and my face was painted yellow (not a pretty sight).
We "sailed" happily through school and were most astonished to win places at Barnsley Girls' High School, after taking our 11+ examination. The years went by and eventually we became a foursome, Stan and I, Pam and Bryon Fisher.
We had our children within months of each other and spent many happy days together, with our babies, comparing notes and always plenty of laughs.
We are now 70 years old and our friendship is still as strong, if not stronger, as it was that October day in 1944.
Thank you Pam for all the years of loving and loyal friendship, you have never let me down and I know that I have never let you down.
We have been well blessed.