Malton School Centenary Evening. 18 October 2011
Over 100 students and staff past and present met to celebrate the centenary of the opening of Malton Grammar School on its current site, as well as the 40th anniversary of Malton School in its present status as an 11-18 comprehensive: it was in 1971 that Malton Grammar School and Malton County Modern merged to become one school.
The evening provided the opportunity for people across the ages to meet up and remember old times. The current head boy and girl Lewis Rawling and Holly Johnson, and their deputies Josh Eldridge Smith and Bryony Hall, presented a brief history of the school. They were aided with musical interludes from the different eras. James Poole began with Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair from 1911; Emily Stolting and Alex Lancaster played the old school song from the 1930s; Lewis Delaney, Declan Suddaby, Russell Quinn and Steve Smith played Elvis Presley’s Houd dog from the 1950s; Declan Gough played Tony Christie’s Amarillo from 1971; and bringing everyone up to date Joanna Booker and Cameron Race played Adele’s Someone Like You.
Following the formal presentations, guests had the opportunity to tour their old classrooms and see the changes in the school since they left, and to look at the school large collection of archive photographs and memorabilia.
Deputy Head Steve Fearnley, who organised the event, commented: “We were delighted to welcome everyone last night. I think we had representatives of every decade from the 1930s right up to the present day. Everyone seemed to enjoy their trip down memory lane, and the performances of our current students. One lady e-mailed to say “I would like to say a big thank you to you and everyone who clearly put in so much work to make a wonderful and entertaining evening last night. The entertainment was well planned and presented and the students I spoke to seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the ‘oldies’. I can’t believe how little the old building has changed. Special thanks to your head boy and girl who dealt with those of us touring the old Grammar School behaving like excited five year olds and scattering in every direction with kindness, humour and tolerance. They were a credit to the school and wonderful ambassadors for the current generation of students.”
It was not just local people who came. Some travelled quite a distance to be here – certainly there were people from Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland, and Barton on Humber. One lady who left school in 1951, Gillian Kirby, actually lives in Santa Monica, California, but was visiting Malton so was delighted to be able to come along.