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  1. Just for the record in this thread: It seems my Great-aunt Ellen Wilson did her probationary teaching period at "Sheffield Crookesmoor Board School" around 1883/4 and then taught at Lowfield Board School from at least 1886 to 1889 when she transferred to Netherthorpe from 1890. The Inspector's report of January 18th 1894 reads: "The school of which Miss Wilson is the head teacher is most efficiently managed. All the classes have been thoroughly trained in {illegible!}". I wonder if she really was the head teacher of the whole school or just of the Infants, which I think were her speciality. Anybody any wiser than I am? She lived at 140 St Stephen's Road in 1886 and later at 15, Grange Road, Sharrow.
  2. I saw Louis Armstrong at the City Hall May 8 1962, first house at 6.20 because 8.50 was fully booked, I think. Sheffield Telegraph website suggests many other jazz greats appeared there in the 60s - Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie and Duke Ellington are all mentioned. I also saw many great classical artists at the Civic Hall during my 1959-62 time at the Uni., e.g. Sir John Barbirolli (Sibelius' Second), Geza Anda (playing Beethoven and photographed in the next day's papers rushing off at the end to grasp a cigarette from an aide), George Weldon, Leonard Pennario (Ravel Piano Concerto), Ann Schein (Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto). The Halle Orchestra, led by Martin Milner, played the same programme on Friday and Saturday nights alternating between Sheffield and Manchester. Front row seat right under the leader's seat for 2/- (10p). Great memories.