Languages award will be made in memory of John

Presentation picture by Philip Willis
Presentation picture by Philip Willis

Chairperson of Todmorden U3A, Jean Pearson, presented a silver plate to Todmorden High School in memory of its founder and first chairman, John McNair.

John, who died earlier this year, was an educationalist who taught modern languages and was a Governor at the school.

Among many other achievements, he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry during the second world war.

The plate was handed to headteacher Andrew Whitaker by John’s daughter Barbara McNair.

The prize is to be awarded annually for outstanding achievement in the field of foreigh languages.

Pictured from the left are deputy head of Todmorden High School Chris Wilcox, Barbara McNair, Jean Pearson, Todmorden High’s head of foreign languages Miriel Bell and the school’s head of world studies Adam Waldman.

l Todmorden U3A’s Let’s Go group enjoyed a day at the East Lancs Railway rceently when 54 members boarded a steam-hauled train from Rawtenstall to Bury and toured its transport museum.

They shopped at Bury Market, where, says one member, many kilos of the town’s famous black puddings were purchased. On the steam-hauled return, members were treated to an impromptu talk about the running of a volunteer railway. On October 8 the Let’s Go group head for Levens Hall and Kendal.