1st September 2000

 

HAPPY MEMORIES OF COLLEGE LIFE – 53 YEARS ON

 

When 33 young teachers graduated from Hull Municipal Training College in 1947 little did they realise that they would be meeting up again in the city 53 years later.

 

Now the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside’s Cottingham Road campus, the all-women college trained young ladies from all over the country to be nursery, junior and primary school teachers.

 

Jean Williams, who studied at the college between 1945 and 1947, has traced all 82 trainee teachers. Although several have sadly passed away, 33 will attend tomorrow’s on-campus reunion, where they will be joined by one of their tutors from all those years ago.

 

But Jean, from Swanland, should also be remembered by current staff at ULH - she was a lecturer in English and Education at the campus between 1973 and 1986.

 

The young women were ambitious and even the attitudes of the era didn’t stop them getting on.

 

“We have such wonderful memories from those years at college,” said Jean. “After the war it was expected that if you had brains you would find a career. Even after we got married, which most of us did, we expected to carry on working.”

 

The university’s marketing department has organised a piano to be delivered before the party, so the ladies will be enjoying a sing-song as well as entertainment from some of the music teachers who trained at the college.

 

Many of those not able to attend on Saturday are looking after sick relatives, or are ill themselves, but Jean says it’s marvellous to get so many together for the reunion.

 

“We’re all getting on, and most of the ladies have a long way to travel - some are coming from as far afield as Devon and Northumbria.

 

“Last time we had a reunion on the 50th anniversary we stayed in the university’s halls of residence - but as we’re getting on now, we found the beds were a bit hard, so those coming from away are staying in a hotel this time!”

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042