As I mentioned in an earlier blog* some of the children living in the Charnwood Street attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School. Since then I’ve been contacted again by Arthur Beyless, who writes:
You say on the website that you did not know if I had the cane? Well as the ‘terror of the neighbourhood’ you would think that I would always be having the cane – but I received a few swipes from ‘Pop’ Riley only once in all the time from age seven to eleven. Could not have been very good at terrorising the neighbourhood…
Arthur also sent me this photograph of his class at the school in 1953-54, showing Sister Columba on the right and Sister Joan on the left. Arthur himself is fourth from the left among the boys in the back row, wearing a tie.
The photo was taken in the school playground at Mount Street, and the shop sign in the background was on the corner of Mount Street and Edwin Street. Does anyone recognise the two priests in the photo, or any of the other children?
Many thanks Arthur – for the photo and for answering my question about the cane!