Starting Year 1960
Gateshead Grammar School

L to R Back Jon (formerly John) Bratton Dougie Robson Dennis Sanderson Dave Young Middle Ian Burns Michael Gentles Barry Knock Help me

Ces Brown Front Angus Monro Fred Higgs (dcd) Keith Dixon Robert Scott Barny Younger Mr Curry (French)

Nicholas Sommer Bruce Foster Colin Johnson Norman Gallon Middle Phil Bex Doug Hudson Trevor Conn Ian Nichols Heggs Butterfield

Front Frasier McKay Michael Douglass Ken Atkinson John Davison Alan Davidson

From the 1964 The Caprian
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Ian Nichols
Ian married Irene Dodds, one daughter He is free after a career teaching in secondary, FE and HE. Hardest of all in service teacher trainer. Currently retraining to enjoy LAT (Life after Teaching) 

Keith Dixon has been working in various banks as a private banker mainly dealing with Spanish clients. (from Friends Reunited)

Dave Waugh writes
"Great to hear from you. Enjoyed the website and nice to see those old pals. Very shocked to hear about Fred. What happened? Is Joanna OK . I will contact Les Knight.
Jon, what is your email address. regards Dave"
This is it 
Dave is married to Marilyn and they live in Stoke-on- Trent. He is a chartered surveyor, having spent time working in the property dept of Allied Breweries, in Stoke, Warrington and Liverpool. He is now with Legal & General and carries out the valuation and survey of houses

Trevor Conn Living in North Norfolk by the sea. Trained as a social worker and now manage social services. Remarried and have a 9 year old son!! (per his entry on Friends Reunited)

Nick Sommer, married with two boys. Organised mini reunion in 2000. More details Nick

David Rice writes

"Throat choking memories of the few days I actually turned up.
I last saw Jim and Vic at a party in the flats off Gateshead High Street round about 1966.
I did bump into Colin Oliver in Hexham about 1985 - he was living next door to the mother of my partner at the time. "
Snippets from Friends Reunited

David Alan Graham retired in Spain
Peter Bainbridge working..lives in Troon
John Brotherston retired Shotley Bridge
Alan Fairless Australia..NUFC fan. Alan mentions
Gordon Adamson, John Gallon, Alan Porteous

Ray Smith, married Angela Kehoe and begatted 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Divorced, and now sadly deceased (2004)

These are those who have been in touch and provided photos and bio updates

Ian Burns...after all these years.
After qualifying as a civvy airline pilot, he joined RAF in 1969

(tho, I recall, mentally he was in the RAF as a Foggy) Had 13 great years flying Hunters and Lightnings. Left for civvy street - ended up as Training Captain on Boeing 777 with British Airways. Joined UK Civil Aviation Authority in 2003 at Gatwick - still flying the Airbus now and again. Married in 1974. 2 boys aged 28 and 25. Living in a village in West Sussex with the same nagger (his words) and a golden retriever. Loves real ale - none of yer fizzy lager stuff!

Jon Bratton was married to Liz for 27 years, ( separated for past 20+ years ) two children Gary (b 1976) and Lesley (b 1979). Was a Principal Officer at Newcastle City Council for 10 years, then spent 7 years in Saudi Arabia..... returned for kids to attend the Royal Grammar School and Central High School respectively. Now retired and earning a pension supplement from Google Ads on the many websites he has created in the last 12 years. Email:

Angus married Sandra and lived in London for many years. Now married to Sue and living in leafy Cheshire. Has 5 children To follow Angus' career search on his name in Google and browse the 2 million or so entries. Currently retired from being a retail boss but it's likely he'll be head hunted and/or take on another challenge/business. Angus has top billing in the Famous Old Boys section

Famous Old Boys/Girls

Here's a link to Angus' write up in the Chronicle

Athol Hall 1967-69 working (re-sitting A-levels), then college in Leicester. 1971 married Sheila (Scott - a local girl from the Girl's Grammar), college Nottingham then Bristol with Bristol Water, where, he remained as Microbiologist until 2005, BW closed the labs and Athol had luck to be made redundant/retired. They've got two children, Adele and Ciaran, both now married. Now time to live life properly and concentrate on travel, skittles, walking, music, real ale/wine/whisky and the allotment. "Could life get better" says Athol

Doug Hudson has remained in the North East and, as one would have expected, has continued to excel in cricket and rugby as a player and as a manager. Married with 2 children, he is a Company Director

Jim Harker worked all over the world, as an artist for a Computer Graphics company. He settled in Amsterdam with his Dutch partner Frances for a few years before returning to Gateshead. He is now a free range artist (his mother's words) based in an Art shop in Newcastle. Click below for the shop and his website

Barry Knock is found! 1967 Barry joined IBM.. Maths degree at Brunel University. 1971 full time IBM in Newcastle. 1976 met Carol and married 1980. Twin daughters born 1984.1986 Midland Bank in Sheffield staying until July 2005 when he took voluntary retirement. Saw the world (but mainly planes and hotels) . Now associated with a Special Needs School in Chesterfield and also helping out a mate with micro-brewery in Chatsworth . Carol still works part time as an Education Consultant...girls work in London.


Geologist Colin Laidler has worked in the mining (non coal) industy in the UK and Africa all his career which was foreshortened by a life threatening illness which brought him back to UK. Fully recovered, here with the bearded Mike Gentles and the folically challenged Ian Burns is the twice blessed Colin at the 2007 reunion

Speaking of Mike Gentles, he got married '74 to Girls Grammar lass Jane Welsh. Moved to Redditch, Worcs then in '81 to Lichfield, Staffs. Partner in Chartered Surveyors Co letting retail park units. Still working (sort of). 3 kids. Gareth 28, Isla 26 (2 grandchildren 3 and 1) and Kathy 20(oops!). Jane was originally a music teacher but returned after kids and now a "SENCO" (Head of Special Needs) and also still working. Hobbies: Still sport-Armchair Magpies supporter, Rugby(ret'd), Golf (still trying). Music as ever was; Still singing - with Jane and in 5 or 6 piece band. Mostly folky these days but still some jazz from time to time.

The boy's back....John Davison IT Manager based in Northumberland but operating across UK and Morocco Married 1971 to Sheila, 2 sons Chris and Peter, and 1 (so far) granddaughter. Still local (High Spen) and still working, including the 'Morocco' bit. Interests Granddaughter Caravanning Football (Newcastle United)

From boy to man.... Michael Douglass rediscovered. Leeds University 69-'71 then worked for National Coal Board and Northumbrian Water Authority until 87. Married to June in '76. Daughter Rachael 21, son Simon 17 Now living in Gosforth. Licensed Lay Reader at All Saints', Gosforth trained with NEOC. Revd Douglass was ordained 3 July 2005, and is Assistant Curate at Gosforth Parish Church of St Nicholas

Vic Hall at The Black Horse, Kells Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead on Thursday 3rd Feb 2005. Vic lived in Reading and worked for S & N Brewery... few of us have been lucky enough to earn a living from our hobby ! Vic had two daughters, Louise, and Amy who lives in Australia. He has four grandchildren with another one on the way! Sadly, Vic passed away in 2015. Daughter Louise has been in contact and is happy to see that her Dad is remembered on the website

David Collingwood Teaching: finished as Head, Trent College, Nottingham. High points were expeditions - mountaineering -East Greenland, Iceland, Lake District and music - choir tours in Germany and Georgia. Married 1971 Mary. No children. Currently living in Burton upon Trent, working part time as Education Consultant, ISI(OfStEd) Inspector, free-lance tutor. Enjoying freedom and doing lots of travelling.Sees a lot of Mike Gentles, as he lives nearby in Lichfield, and both are members of the Rotary Club

Norman Gallon now, living in Low Fell. Norman, can you give me a bio

Ernie Craggs. Working as Project Ofice Manager for Huntsman Tioxide on Teesside. After leaving school he tried jobs with British Paints at Bill Quay, Inland Revenue in Gateshead and then did a 4 1/2 year Engineering Officer Cadetship with Royal Fleet Auxilary. IHe married Ruth in 1971 and did a Mechanical Engineering degree at Newcastle University. Worked for British Steel at Scunthorpe for 4 years before moving to Teesside with British Titan Products at Billingham. 2 children, both married and both with children so a granddad. Lives just outside Middleton-in-Teesdale, having adapted to rural village life.

Alan Davison, blurred,still in the insurance industry and still living in Low Fell. Alan could do with a bio and better pic

Roger Scholes ...Left GGS in 1962 when family left the area. Finished schooling in Widnes and Corby. After leaving Newcastle Polytechnic in 1971 he worked as an Electrical Design Engineer at Brush Electrical Machines in Loughborough for nearly 30 years. Married, one child. Moved in 2007 within the industry to Stamford in Lincolnshire. Now in Nottingham.Newcastle United fan and many other interests

Malcolm Magnay 1960-1966 has posted in the guestbook as follows
"A fantastic collection of memories from my grammar school days. I was saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Morton who was a good friend at school, although we had lost touch. If you do arrange a reunion I would be pleased to attend." 

A. Porteous

S. Phillips

Jeffrey Dodds

Keith Dixon was Head Boy from this Intake Year

Jon Bratton met Keith Nugent in the Black Horse in Sept 2015. We were in 1A together for the first term. He is now retired from De La Rue. Always knew that lad would go on to make money!