Back to school days for Briggensians

Former Head Teacher of Brigg Grammar School Brian Williams (centre left) and guest speaker David Jones (centre right) meet up with some of their former students at Brigg Grammar School at the Briggensians Reunion Dinner.
Former Head Teacher of Brigg Grammar School Brian Williams (centre left) and guest speaker David Jones (centre right) meet up with some of their former students at Brigg Grammar School at the Briggensians Reunion Dinner.
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Briggensians, former students of Sir John Nelthorpe School and the former Brigg Grammar School and Brigg Girls High School, gathered in The Millennium Restaurant at Elsham Golf Club for their annual reunion dinner.

Guest speaker was David 
Jones, a teacher at the school from 1958 until 1963, who has since earned a worldwide reputation as a photographer, particularly of wild animals in Africa.

In his address he recalled his days at the school, which at that time had a thriving boarding house.

He told how when he arrived Nigel Matthews was the headteacher and described him as a ‘splendid head.’

“It was a good school to work at,” he said. “My time here was very fulfilling and it was an enjoyable five years.

“There were friendly colleagues and the school had good discipline, but I recall there was no central heating in the boarding house and no television.”

Mr Matthews was succeeded by Brian Williams who was present at the dinner.

Mr Williams took over the headship in 1959 and gave distinguished service to the school for the next 20 years.

Mr Jones went on to talk about his change of career and showed some fascinating pictures of the Alps, as well as animals on safari and Treetops Lodge in Kenya where the Queen heard her father had died.

“One of my books was presented to the Queen when she returned to Treetops. It’s nice to think it lies in the cellars somewhere at Buckingham Palace ,” joked Mr Jones.