School renovation work uncovers 1950s Gazette

Emmy Dodds, David Howard and David Brown enjoying the 1950's newspaper.

Emmy Dodds, David Howard and David Brown enjoying the 1950's newspaper.

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During their renovation work, builders at Egton Church of England School were surprised to stumble upon a copy of the Whitby Gazette - from more than 60 years ago.

Rather than throwing the yellowing, crumpled but still legible page away, the builders brought it to the attention of headteacher Liz Orland, who informed the Whitby Gazette.

The page, which comes from a paper of the 1950s, features several old-fashioned and outdated articles, such as one praising the prize-winning growth of large quantities of high-quality tobacco in Glaisdale.

It is believed that the page was used to block up a draught from inside the front window where it was found during the school’s recent building work.

Liz Orland told us that there are still a few weeks remaining until completion on the work, which has created several new rooms upstairs in the school, including a new staff room and spare rooms for activities such as music lessons.

The kids have been excited by developments, after being given the opportunity to don hardhats and high-vis. jackets, and investigate the building work going on around them.

Money for the building work was largely raised through a variety of fundraising events.