I was living at Moor House, Warcop. Moor House is situated just off the A66 and my brother David and I walked to the AA box situated on the Sandford/Warcop road to catch the Ribble bus to Appleby. A year later we were joined by my brother Gordon and we all cycled to Dyke Nook farm, where we left our bicycles in a small shelter. The bus fare was 2 pence in old money.
When we got to Appleby we left the bus at Knowles’ garage (now Roy Ashley’s) and walked up to school. I was in Junior 2, with Miss Mawson as my teacher. David’s teacher was Miss Jenkinson. She had more than one Alan in her class so she called Alan Salkeld “Squire” as he lived at Brampton Tower, often called “Cuckoo Castle”.
We also walked down to Centre 67 for lunch.
After school we ran down to the Sands to catch the GNE bus home to our lane end – fare 2d. I remember the bus conductor saying he never left anyone and we were packed like sardines in a tin at times but a few children and adults left the bus at the top of Bongate, then at The Gate and many lanes and soon there was a seat.
I remember Mr Chapman, Headmaster, Joe Salkeld from Murton, who was a friend of the family, Robbie Braithwaite, a friend of my uncles and Miss Thornton, who taught my uncle.
I was only at Appleby for one year. I then went to Kirkby Stephen Girls’ Grammar School.