Man Cooke was our metalwork teacher.
My original comments on him on Friends Reunited were,
Mr. Cooke taught metalwork. Metalwork was an attractive subject to boys in a Sheffield secondary school back in the 1960's when the city had a steel and cutlery industry and there were jobs to be had. Makes you wonder what value the subject has today now that the industry it fed has gone!
Others have already commented on Man Cooke in this thread and it turns out he was a very long serving member of staff.
We made all sorts of metal objects, several of them to do with fishing ( a folding canvas topped stool and a rod rest) as well as a traditional coat hook, a copper spoon, a screwdriver, a hammer and a small steam turbine (basically a steam powered fan) none of which I still have today.
We frequently got on the wrong side of him for what can only be described as health and safety issues, such that there were in the 1960's, - not remembering to take the lathe chuck key out before switching it on, - that sort of thing. If he caught us doing anything daft he had the habit of grabbing you with the hair just in front of the ear (sideburns were in fashion at the time) and painfully lifting you off the floor with it while telling you what you were doing wrong. This habit he had inherited as all the school hard case teachers did it, - Man Everatt, Man Whitham, Lass Moore, Man Piercy, Man Cooke, Man (woodwork) Smith to name just the worst offenders, - not that they were doing anything wrong, - it was all considered "acceptable" in 1968. Lass Moore has since told me that they all developed this technique from Man Whitham, - now no one could do that to old "Curly" Whitham could they?
As in my original comments some of the lads who did do well at metalwork and went on to a local jobin steel or cutlery trades were very quickly redundant and out of a job when the industry went into decline.
When I was at the end of my time at school and had done my exams and was waiting to leave (so Stuart may have already left and not remember this) I was asked to join a trip with Man Cooke and some younger lads doing metalwork down for a tour of Sheffield Rolling Mills. Having been around the mill the old guy taking us round and doing the explaining took the group to one side clear of any danger, heat, noise or fumes and said in a strong Sheffield accent, -
"Or reight lads, nar when tha leaves schoal, thas ter remember 3 things abaht what ter duh
Doant mess abhart whi lasses an get thisen married
Doant gu causin bother an gerrin thisen int bother wit coppers
Doant gu workin in a place like dis (pointing to the rolling mill), work ard and git thisen a deesent job".
Almost 40 years later and me and Stuart0742 are still both scoring 2 out of 3 on those criteria.