Mrs Pumfrey’s classes were sew good

Sewing Class L-R Helen Savage, Adele Hill, Joanne Burke - Aire St Youth Club, Rastrick  - 28.09.1987
Sewing Class L-R Helen Savage, Adele Hill, Joanne Burke - Aire St Youth Club, Rastrick - 28.09.1987

In 1962 as a first year student at St Martin’s Secondary School - my new ‘big’ school - I, like the rest of the lads in Mrs Pumfrey’s class, came in for a big shock.

In the last years at junior school playing out on the field at Lightcliffe C of E School we had re-enacted Custer’s last stand at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Unlike the original battle along with the rest of the lads in Form four we won that battle fighting off the whole of the Indian nation - well the lads from Hipperholme. We replayed the Lightcliffe Ashes cricket series and won a number of world cup matches.You can well imagine our thoughts when we were faced with Mrs Pumfrey and her sewing class. I remember thinking at the time Form four lads who saved the world from rampaging armies don’t do sewing. We did, of course, and the pin cushion we all made I kept in a memories box at home for years. What it also taught me to do was sew buttons on shirts and other minor sewing tasks.

In this 1987 photograph taken at the Aire Street Youth Club in Rastrick we have three young people tackling a sewing project. Left to right: Helen Savage; Adele Hill and Joanne Burke.