first year has been happy, somewhat eventful but by no
means boring. First impressions are said to be important.
I recall being driven with my grandparents up to what
appeared to be a large building, of formidable aspect.
My dormitory, which seemed to hide itself in a maze of
corridors, was shown to me by the Headmaster. 1
arrived in the Summer term, one not blessed with good
weather. Cricket prospered, though I must confess not
through my efforts. In mid-June the new Chapel was consecrated
by Dr. Coggan, then Bishop of Bradford, now Archbishop
of York. Not much else sticks in my mind. We were spared
a day of term owing to a lack of fathers willing to participate
in a match. On a Saturday we all trooped down to Gargrave
Village Hall for Speech Day and Prizegiving.
The summer holiday over, we returned for another term.
Many changes had occurred-old faces had gone; new ones
were seen. Autumn is chiefly a rugger term, with a spell
of cross-country running as a sideline. 1 find
the Winter term less interesting than the Summer, although
we were entertained by various films and lectures, which
were all most enjoyable.
A short half-term sped by. At the end of term, as is customary,
we had the School Christmas Dinner. At tea we were each
provided with a cracker, which at once produced a festive
atmosphere. The next day we saw "The Winslow Boy."
The presentation was good; the acting and settings were
excellent. I went away with the impression that I had
seen a professional play, not an amateur production.Spring
Term began with panic; the smallpox scare.
The very first day we were inoculated and thus unable
to play Rugger for a fortnight. Instead we went Cross
Country Running, under the supervision of Mr. Price, the
new P.E. Master
the whole the Spring Term was rather hum-drum, though
towards the end one or two extremely good films were shown.
We finished with the School Concert, which was most amusing
and well appreciated. It was an evening well spent.
So my first year at Eshton ended. I have learned a lot,
on the Sports Field and in the Classroom. Here's hoping
that next year will be as happy!