Nunthorpe Grammar’s centenary reunion continues – a year late!

It might be a little late, thanks to Covid, but a long-planned centenary reunion for staff and students at Nunthorpe Grammar School is expected to take place later this month.

A dinner was held at Merchant Adventurers Hall on Friday July 30 – and Millthorpe School, which now occupies the buildings that were once Nunthorpe Grammar, will open its doors to Nunthorpe alumni and staff on Saturday afternoon, July 31. buffet will take place at the school in the evening.

The meeting was hosted by former staff and students. One of the organizers is Darrell Buttery, who taught English at the school from 1974 to 1985, and also published his life diaries there. Copies of “A Nunthorpe Diary” will be available for free at the event.

Darrell’s diary paints a rich portrait of a school that closed in 1986. It chronicles visits to the York Minster Crypt, an encounter with former Prime Minister Ted Heath – and the Nunthorpe schoolboy who skipped the day to meet the newly married Prince and Princess of Wales.

Charles and Diana were on an official visit to York in November 1981. Most schools had given the children time off. Not Nunthorpe.

However, one of Darrell’s students “escaped” to visit the royal couple – and then bragged about their exploits. “He was going to be on TV,” he told his classmates, ”Darrell wrote. “He even stood in front of the crowd and shook hands with the princess.”

The Journal also recounts a lecture on ghosts given by a guest speaker. “They (the boys) listened quietly as if one was about to materialize,” Darrell wrote. “He told them about the boy from St Olave who said that in order to get rid of ghosts you have to circumcise them.” This is what you call an education.

There are no more tickets available for Friday night dinner. Tickets for the Saturday meeting and buffet can still be booked at

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