Boys were Faithful to carol-singing Brigg Grammar School maths master Harold Stinson - recalls Scunthorpe Telegraph columnist Nigel Fisher
WHEN Brigg Grammar School broke up for the Christmas holidays in the late 1960s and early 1970s, we sang Come, All Ye Faithful – but in Latin.
As the boys crowded into what had been the original 18th century schoolroom, some of us would find ourselves near Harold Stinson, the renowned and talented maths master.
Harold's harmonies were reminiscent of that sketch from Morecambe and Wise.
It seemed to us he was singing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. To be fair, someone who knew a bit about music said he was singing the difficult descant. But that musical nuance was lost on teenage boys whose only thought was to get out of school as quickly as possible that afternoon – hopefully into the snow-clad great outdoors.
Harold, who lived in Redcombe Lane, was very popular with the boys of Ancholme House. He was our house-master and we always believed it was his protests on our behalf that prompted the addition to our ranks of boys from villages to the south.
These villages included some very talented young sportsmen and it was not long before success started to come our way, notably at senior football level.
Up to then, Ancholme had fewer boys than some other houses and found it a bit of a struggle to hold our own.
Mr H was always there, rain or shine, on the touchline, to spur us on in after-school house matches.