Sad News about Mike Burrill

Peter Chadwick has just contacted The Prescotian with some rather sad news as follows,

“Mike Burrill (1967-1974) died on 13 September. His wife Joy told John McIntyre in New Jersey, and John told me. I’ve been in touch with Joy, and she’s quite happy for the news to spread. Any chance of getting a few PGSOBs to the funeral, which Joy promises is going to be a good do?

Wednesday 4th October at 12.15 at West Lancs Crematorium, Pippin Street Burscough L40 7SP”.


Sad News of Elaine DEBORAH Seddon

Andrew Collet has written to The Prescotian site with very sad news regarding his wife Elaine Deborah Seddon. Deborah, as she was known passed away recently. She was born in !960 and left Prescot Girls Grammar School in 1979. Deborah, a retired teacher lived in Lincolnshire with Andrew, her husband, who she had known for thirty-five years.

We send our condolences to Andrew, who can be contacted via e-mail at homespanner at

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”.