I started my school career in 1951. We lived on the newly built Barrowcliff
Estate where the school had not yet been built, so I had to travel on the
bus to the old Central School. Every day my mother (Muriel Flinton,
Wilson 1932-38) put me on the bus and my grandmother met me when I got off.
When Barrowcliff School was built I went there, we lived in Ash Grove right
opposite the school.
After I passed the 11+ I started at the Girls’ High School. I remember
being very proud of my uniform, especially the blazer. It was all so different
from Barrowcliff: learning new subjects such as French, doing homework. Two
years later years my sister Joan (Flinton 1959-66) started at the school.
I stayed on in the sixth form and took English, Geography and Art at A level
I decided to become a primary school teacher and was accepted at Southlands
College in Wimbledon. This was another big change: living in ‘hall’,
teaching practice, going to ‘hops’ at other colleges. This was London
in the ‘swinging sixties’ and I enjoyed being able to dress in the latest
fashion, mini-skirts. The College was very near to the famous Wimbledon tennis
courts, we queued at the gates after 5pm to get in cheaply.
When I left college I and a friend got teaching jobs in Leeds. I taught
for a year on the Seacroft estate but decided that teaching was not for me.
In those days there were plenty of jobs and I had no problem finding one
as a lab technician at the Leeds Medical School. While in Leeds I met
and married my first husband, then an accountancy student. We lived
in Garforth and had a son and a daughter. We then moved to Long Eaton
near Nottingham for my husband’s job, not long after that we separated.
I came back to Scarborough with the children and was a ‘single parent’ for
about 10 years. When the children were in bed or at school I used the time
to study for a degree in environmental subjects with the Open University.
When the children were at secondary school I started applying for jobs and
got one as a lab technician at Pindar School, where they were pupils.
Around this time I re-married. After three years at Pindar, I got a
job as a lab technician at what was then ‘North Riding College’ in Scarborough.
I stayed there for 19 years filling various roles, each one involving more
I retired nearly 4 years ago and since then have enjoyed travelling, particularly
to the Far East. I am also able to spend time with my two grandchildren,
a boy and a girl, who live in Halifax.