Harry honoured by Caistorians

Harry Minns (centre) with past pupils and staff, left Peter Steel, Midge Thomas, Tom Parkinson, Ros Boyce, Charlotte Linsell (staff), David Storr, Sheila Swinfen (staff), John French Jenny Siekierkowska, David Yates, Polly Baxter, Colin Daulton and Tom Hunter.  (Lin)
Harry Minns (centre) with past pupils and staff, left Peter Steel, Midge Thomas, Tom Parkinson, Ros Boyce, Charlotte Linsell (staff), David Storr, Sheila Swinfen (staff), John French Jenny Siekierkowska, David Yates, Polly Baxter, Colin Daulton and Tom Hunter. (Lin)

Caistor Grammar School Archive Group hosted a grand Old Pupils’ reunion and party in honour of local celebrity Harry Minns, who reached the age of 90 earlier in the month.

Harry was school secretary at CGS for 42 years and many Caistorians travelled great distances to share in the celebrations, when they joined Harry’s family and his many friends from Caistor for afternoon tea.

Proceeds from tickets and donations, around £500, were donated to Harry’s favourite charity, Christian Aid.

The Rev Canon Ian Robinson praised Harry’s “enormous contribution” to Caistor’s Church, his commitment to the bell ringing team and his untiring efforts for Christian Aid over the past 50 years.

Speaking on behalf of the Archive Group, Charlotte Linsell, one time deputy head of CGS, emphasised Harry’s devotion to CGS and the interests and careers of its past pupils.

She recalled the many THA trips he organised for pupils, the walking, climbing, swimming and skiing interests he pursued, as well as some of the ‘scrapes’ he got himself into along the way.

Several pupils also contributed their stories of happy times spent with Harry.

A display of photographs recorded Harry’s family life, his experience in the navy, in the Royal Observer Corps and his youth hostelling days.

After tea Harry cut his birthday cake, and a toast to health and happiness the party ended with a rousing chorus of the school song.