As an introduction to this celebration of 'Percy' I have copied the following articles from the 'Clubs and Societies' section of the School's six-monthly magazine 'The Keighlian' published in December and July.
This is an excerpt from the December 1959 issue, in which David Anthony Peart (DAP) writes about the School's Railway Society...'Although the resuscitated Railway Society is comparatively youthful it continues to thrive and members can look back on a most successful year.
' These quite remarkable stories about Tony Peart rekindle fond memories of my own schooldays, and I suspect there must be countless thousands of boys who remember a 'Sir' or perhaps a 'Miss'; a teacher who, for one reason or another, greatly influenced the rest of their lives..was the girls' gym teacher, who had big 'snog-me' eyes and legs to die for, but I won't go into that right now.
If he ever had cause to keep a pupil in for bad behaviour he brought them to the metalwork room, gave them a steam whistle from a locomotive and some emery cloth and got them to clean them up. At Kirkcudbright (the school camp) he used to disappear every morning and return in time for the evening meal laden with pickings from closed railway stations.
I remember sheaves of documents and at least one station clock!
TONY PEART REMEMBERED by Dave Baldwin and Kevin Howley Dave Baldwin, an ex-pupil of Keighley Boys' Grammar school, recently contacted the site to tell me about Tony Peart, one time English master at Keighley Boys' Grammar school (KBGS) and driving force behind the school's 'Railway Society'.
Dave describes Tony Peart not only as a wonderful teacher, but also the founder of the Doncaster Grammar School's collection of railwayana and the greatest contributor of the museum's artefacts.
Michael Portillo recently paid a visit during the making of the BBC's excellent 'Great British Railway Journeys'; see Page 7 on the left hand menu.
In our exchange of emails, Dave describes how during numerous KBGS Railway Society's visits to loco depots, Tony Peart would wander off on his own whilst the boys toured the shed scribbling engine numbers in their notebooks then rejoin them later with one or two 'artefacts' which had somehow 'fallen-off' old locomotives!
urely I am not alone in thinking that something should be done to eradicate the cynical view the British media have of train spotters?
I am fed up of the press and TV poking fun at the so-called anorak brigade who, for a variety of reasons, are perceived as a bunch of simple-minded misfits because of their passion for railways.
Meetings are held each week, and this, the largest of the school societies, has the additional distinction of being the only one able to keep in constant touch with its members.
Shed and Works tours have continued as a very popular attraction, and, but for the difficulty of keeping a check on the large number of boys involved, it would be possible to run two coaches on many of these excursions.
But these jibes are not confined to the playground; they continue into adulthood too. Has anyone ever thought about creating a database of spotters' books enabling the people (who still have them after all these years) to poat all relevant information they contain into a database on a website?