Sir Bobby Robson, former England and Newcastle Football Manager, recently officially opened the School’s magnificent new Sports Hall. It was hardly a flying visit as he spent some three hours at the School before unveiling a plaque commemorating his visit. Before that, he tried his hand at, to him, a few new sports including badminton with an admiring audience of pupils. Robin Gregory in his speech of welcome said that the visit was a memorable occasion and a fitting way to mark the outstanding range of activities now on offer at the School. The Department of Education made a grant of £810,000 towards the cost of the Hall, the total cost being £1.5 million, thus leaving a sizeable sum for the Governors and School to find. Because of the School’s achievements and facilities it has been awarded Sports College status. If there’s a break in the conversation these days I don’t hesitate to mention, casually of course, that I’m an Old Boy of the John Fisher School .
03 September 1999 13:47:00