Sad News about Chas Freestone

Dave Johnston has informed the Editor, “Chas Freestone – ex pupil and teacher – passed away a couple of weeks ago and his funeral is on 24th February 2017 at Beetham Crematorium near Kendal where he lived in retirement after teaching in Leeds for many years”.

Our thoughts are with his widow, the former popular Val Shaw also a teacher at the school.

We would welcome any comments   about Chas Freestone’s life at Prescot Grammar School.

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Ken I Johnson (1943-1949)

trolleyDr A John Willmott (1943-53) has informed The Prescotian, “Ken I Johnson (1943-1949) died on 28 November 2016 in Cheshire. He was one of the Moss Bank boys who travelled to PGS on the trolley bus (later replaced by ordinary buses) via St Helens. Moss Bank was in the Lancashire County Council area, not in the Borough of St Helens. Hence he came to PGS instead of Cowley. Several years earlier, Charlie Middlehurst, an English teacher, had been educated at PGS, again as a Moss Banker.

Ken was beefy and played Rugby when the opportunity came his way – he took part in a “demonstration” game of how Rugby Union was played at PGS together with a teacher, Mr Hilton, who played for Orrell”.

Encouraging Reunions!

We have received an e-mail from Alma Smith nee Westell,


” I saw the photograph of mini reunion of Pamela Lewis, Linda Nolan, Lays Wilson, Gloria Brown and Gillian Roberts and remembered them all so well. I now live in the south of France but it was so good to know that people keep in touch. Well done them !”