Teacher puts pen to paper

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An 85-year-old man who used to teach at two schools in the Eastwood area is writing a book about his life.

Norman Langley taught at both Greasley Beauvale Primary School and Brinsley Primary School and was hugely popular with the pupils, particularly those who took sport.

Thanks to Mr Langely, Brinsley School had a new football pitch and new football and cricket teams were formed.

The children who he taught, and the boys in his sports teams described him as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and their ‘number one’ teacher.

Billy Haslam said: “We’d never had anything like it. He changed everything sports-wise. He brought everything to the school. It was marvellous.

“He was number one with us footballers and cricketers.”

Now, aged 85 and living in Kent, he wants to document his experience as a teacher and recall stories about the pupils he taught.

Mr Langley said: “My eldest son said ‘you want to put something down on paper’ because he thought I had a lot of stories to tell about schools and pupils,” he said.

Back in the 50s Mr Langley taught PE and games at Greasley School for four years, before moving on to Brinsley Primary for three years, where he became deputy headteacher.