Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield

Memorabilia from the 1950's

By Don Godfrey (1950-1958)

Here are some memories and images which I hope will be of interest to former pupils, family historians and kindred spirits!

1951-52 The Operatic Society presented five public performances in the school refectory of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas 'The Mikado' and 'The Pirates of Penzance' in 1951 & 1952, probably in that order, but, my first term being the September 1950 intake, I hadn't yet foreseen the desirability of squirreling away keepsakes.

1953 However, fame and fortune beckoned a few lesser mortals when the production of the rather short 'HMS Pinafore' allowed time for a curtain raiser in the form of a one-act play by Eden Philpotts entitled 'Something to Talk About', performed by junior form members. The 'Foreword' in the Autumn 1953 edition of the School Magazine mentions the Highlights of the Year as including 'HMS Pinafore' but adds only that 'a junior play was also performed'. So if you've ever puzzled over exactly what that was - now you know!

 

Photo:1953 Junior Play

1953 Junior Play

Photo:1953 Junior Play - take 2

1953 Junior Play - take 2

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Photo:July 1954

July 1954

Photo:July 1955

July 1955

Photo:December 1956 (G B Shaw)

December 1956 (G B Shaw)

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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield' page
Photo:December 1957 (G B Shaw)

December 1957 (G B Shaw)

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Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Brunts Grammar School, Mansfield' page
This page was added on 17/08/2015.
Comments about this page

Lots of happy memories of Brunts. Thank you to Donald Godfrey. Many of the 1950 entry still in touch.

By Marion Rutherford
On 18/12/2017

That Eden Philpotts play was terrible!  I remember my embarrassment at being required to kiss Doreen Lee on stage.  My first line was "What-ho!  You're a burglar".

By Alan Mellors
On 05/05/2018