Holidays

Our room had mirrors on the walls and I can remember us all dancing on the beds and being severely reprimanded.

I was known as a `deprived child’ and was sent on `holiday’ when school closed. One year I was sent to a house in Seaton Sluice, at least it was two houses converted and held about 12 children at a time. We didn’t do anything exciting, but were allowed to play on the beach if we didn’t get wet. If we did we were kept in the following day. There were boys and girls together but very strictly supervised. One thing I do remember about this holiday was seeing a bus have an accident and nearly going over a bridge.

Another place I went to for a holiday was North Seaton Hall. This was arranged by the Education Board, as quite a number of Board schools took part. North Seaton Hall was, to us, quite wonderful as it was a very big manor house with large rooms which had about eight beds in them. Our room had mirrors on the walls and I can remember us all dancing on the beds and being severely reprimanded. We were about 12 years old then and starting to wonder why the teachers paired off together and went off for walks. You see, even in those days we giggled at that, but were too naive to know why.

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