The good old days in the classroom

Devonshire Road, Blackpool, school choir, 1913.
First winners of the new heap trophy in the Open Competition at the Blackpool Musical Festival
Devonshire Road, Blackpool, school choir, 1913. First winners of the new heap trophy in the Open Competition at the Blackpool Musical Festival

Now the Fylde coast’s school children are all back in their classes for another year, we take a trip down memory lane to old school days.

These glorious black-and-white shots show just some of the area’s youngsters enjoying their school days throughout the decades over the last century.

Antony Beech (seven) and Zoe Worth (10) are pictured here with a new computer, in 1982 Larkholme Junior School, which incorporated all the latest technology such as a colour monitor and cassette facility

Antony Beech (seven) and Zoe Worth (10) are pictured here with a new computer, in 1982 Larkholme Junior School, which incorporated all the latest technology such as a colour monitor and cassette facility

All aspects of school life can be seen, including some of the latest modern developments in the classroom – here pupils at Larkholme Junior School in Fleetwood, learn how to use a new computer, in 1982.

And energy minister David Hunt was pictured reading a story to youngsters at Hawes Side Primary School, as its new library was unveiled, in January 1987.

Meanwhile, pupils gave governors a science lesson at Hall Park Primary School, in February 1991 – demonstrating experiments and showing examples of their work.

There are celebrations shown – including Devonshire Road School winning the new heap trophy in the Open Competition, at Blackpool Musical Festival, in 1913, and youngsters at Hawes Side being given commemorative silver jubilee mugs, in 1977.

Lida Jones makes her mark in the new world of art at Claremont School, in 1990

Lida Jones makes her mark in the new world of art at Claremont School, in 1990

Children at Grange Park Infants School got a close look at a film star, in April 1974 when Herbie – the car starring in its own films, visited their school, as part of a road safety scheme.

Some of the photos show an end of an era, for example children outside Beach Junior School, in Cleveleys, before it closed in August 1988. The youngsters were lucky enough to get three extra days off school for the summer holidays because of the changes.

And Mrs E Bell, a “lollipop lady” – school crossing patrol – is pictured talking to some of the children, before helping them across the road for the last time in 1971

Quite a different kind of 'mug' shot in 1977, when the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool (Coun Ali Hudson and Mrs Hudson) joined by two of the Hawes Side School governors Mr A Pilling and Mrs G Abbitt and representatives from the infants and juniors of Hawes Side School presented a silver jubilee celebration mug to every child

Quite a different kind of 'mug' shot in 1977, when the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool (Coun Ali Hudson and Mrs Hudson) joined by two of the Hawes Side School governors Mr A Pilling and Mrs G Abbitt and representatives from the infants and juniors of Hawes Side School presented a silver jubilee celebration mug to every child

Pupils at Highfurlong School

Pupils at Highfurlong School

Energy minister David Hunt reads a story to pupils, in 1987 (from left): Samantha Swann, Lee Brown, Francis Coughlan, Phillipa Briton in the new library at Hawes Side Primary School.

Energy minister David Hunt reads a story to pupils, in 1987 (from left): Samantha Swann, Lee Brown, Francis Coughlan, Phillipa Briton in the new library at Hawes Side Primary School.

Children at Grange Park Infants' School had a close look at Herbie, the film star car, when it visited their school, in conjunction with a road safety scheme, in 1974

Children at Grange Park Infants' School had a close look at Herbie, the film star car, when it visited their school, in conjunction with a road safety scheme, in 1974

A chapter in Cleveleys history came to an end in August 1988, with the closure of Beach Junior school.   Children were to have a special assembly, before beginning their summer holidays three days earlier than other Wyre youngsters

A chapter in Cleveleys history came to an end in August 1988, with the closure of Beach Junior school. Children were to have a special assembly, before beginning their summer holidays three days earlier than other Wyre youngsters

Pupils gave governors a science lesson at Hall Park Primary School, in 1991. The fifth year youngsters demonstrated experiments and showed examples of their work.
Pictured are governor Mrs Liz Fraser, with from left - Alexandra Ashworth, Louise Coements, Jaydene Preston and Cassandra Wheatley

Pupils gave governors a science lesson at Hall Park Primary School, in 1991. The fifth year youngsters demonstrated experiments and showed examples of their work. Pictured are governor Mrs Liz Fraser, with from left - Alexandra Ashworth, Louise Coements, Jaydene Preston and Cassandra Wheatley

Carr Head School, March 1971.  From left: Alison Swift, Christopher Harrison, Mr J Radcliffe, Susan Cross, Keith Davey, Dona Jeffs and Peter Wincott

Carr Head School, March 1971. From left: Alison Swift, Christopher Harrison, Mr J Radcliffe, Susan Cross, Keith Davey, Dona Jeffs and Peter Wincott