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Darlaston teachers in the Fifties

By rob taylor  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Salisbury Street teachers.

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      WILLENHALL reader Pauline Poole has kindly supplied this photograph of the teaching staff at Salisbury Street Secondary Modern Girls School, Darlaston, in the mid 1950s.

She can name almost all of them — and we wonder if other readers can fill in the three question marks? Pauline has also sent in a photo of the swimming team from the same school, of which she was a member.

We shall also publish this soon, In those days, Pauline (nee Toft), lived in Richards Street, Darlaston.

Whilst rummaging, she came across this poem from her schooldays which she thinks is quite appropriate...

The Face in the Mirror.

We are the old who used to be young,

You are the young who are,

 We never thought that we could be old,

You can’t think ahead so far.

We felt the same as you do now,

When did the change occur’

How and when did we become ‘them’

Instead of the people we were?

The faces we see in the mirroe arn’t ours,

We don’t recognise what we see,

Inside we’re still us, we still feel the same,

How can that stranger be me?

Take care how you treat us!

Take heed how we are!

Consider how we used to be.

For if you live as long you may one day

Join the ranks of the old such as we.

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