The Brun – Burnley Grammar School Yearbook


I keep old things and as I was cleaning my office, was prompted to look through some old mementos  What caught my eye was copies of The Brun, an annual report on the doings of societies, sports, house reports and other affairs of the now vanished Burnley Grammar School. A yearbook. Looking through them made me realise how much things have changed; yet the pattern in the mind’s eye is there to compare. On impulse I took them to share with a couple of old school friends. Their observations were interesting. Some of those are reflected in my earlier pieces on Burnley and its grammar school. My collection of The Brun spanned the years 1968 to 1974. Their advertisements help paint a picture of the period.

The Brun 1968

Cover to The Brun 1968

Cover to The Brun 1968

Page 2 of the 1968 yearbook advertises The Keirby. The Keirby was the premier hotel in Burnley; it was prestigious and as such, was the place where Bob Lord (he of Burnley Football Club fame) entertained visiting VIPs from other first division clubs. In those days there was no Premier League. It boasted a

national reputation for the quality of its cuisine, wines and service and will welcome you no matter whether you wish to bring one friend to dinner, or to hold a banquet for 250 guests at charges from 21/-.

The Keirby Hotel, Burnley

The Keirby Hotel, Burnley

Twenty-one shillings, eh? Who remembers old money then? Page 3, in a time before banks were part gambling institution, had the Barclays Bank advertisement

Make your ‘O’ or ‘A’ levels work for you

As a school-leaver, your ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels are the first signs that you are more valuable to yourself than you think. If you have at least four ‘O’ levels passes including maths and English Language….

Barclays ad, 1968

Barclays ad, 1968

No grade inflation then. On page 5 was an advertisement by the TSB; yes that’s right, the Trustees Savings Bank. Like Barclays Bank before, they weren’t tendering for student cash, they were offering a career.

Time to make decisions

Young people get on in the Trustee Savings Bank – Ability and enthusiasm are recognised at an early stage…

TSB ad, 1968

TSD ad, 1968

Then there’s page 9, Lloyds Bank

From school leaver to manager in twelve years, this could be you at Lloyds Bank

Lloyds ad, 1968

Lloyds Bank ad, 1968

And what about page 11?

With Martins Bank, you could be a Manager before you are 30…

Martins Bank ad, 1968

Martins Bank ad, 1968

Who remembers Martins Bank? Who remembers prudent banks? This year book ends as well as begins with advertisements. The first one such is on Page 72 and it’s for the District Bank.

Banking… a worthwhile career

District Bank ad, 1968

District Bank ad, 1968

Even though acquired by the National & Provincial Bank in 1962, the District bank still had a distinct identity. This was later lost under the National & Westminster Bank… NatWest was formed by the merging of the National & Provincial with the Westminster Bank, later in 1968. Page 73 is by Prestige who were once a leading business in Burnley.

Prestige Greatest Name in Housewares

All over the world Prestige Housewares have earned the reputation for their high quality and lifetime efficiency.

Prestige ad 1968

Prestige ad 1968

On page 77, Lucas asks you to

start in the right company

The Lucas Organisation offers excellent training and employment prospects… Joseph Lucas Ltd. Girling Ltd. Rotax Ltd. C.A.V. Ltd. Bryce Berger Ltd. G. & E. Bradley Ltd.

Lucas ad, 1968

Lucas ad 1968

And Don’t Forget!

Lupton Bros Bookshop ad, 1968

Lupton Bros Bookshop ad, 1968

Burnley had Lupton Bros (with 2 bookshops) according to page 80, as well as its own Burnley Building Society – page 82.

Burnley Building Society ad, 1968

Burnley Building Society ad, 1968

The Borough Building Society, on the back cover, was also based in Burnley.

The Brun 1969

The Brun 1969 cover

The Brun 1969 cover

The Brun 1969 sees Barclays take a new line:

A career with a lot of money

Barclays Bank is big business; bigger than ever now we are merging with Martins Bank.

Barclays Bank ad, 1969

Barclays Bank ad, 1969

RIP Martins Bank The Burnley Building Society incorporating Borough Building Society asked the question:

are you the type to save?

Burnley Building Society ad, 1969

Burnley Building Society ad, 1969

Perhaps the the pounds in our pockets were of more interest than our potential as employees. There was no advertisement on the back cover.

The Brun 1970

The Brun 1970 front cover

The Brun 1970 front cover

The Brun 1970 sees the first mention of Ribble Travel.

Ribble Travel ad, 1970

Ribble Travel ad, 1970

In the 1980’s Ribble Travel was broken up and privatised with much of it going to Stagecoach. Barclays Bank was back with

Make your ‘O’ or ‘A’ level work for you.

Barclays Bank ad, 1970

Barclays Bank ad in The Brun, 1970

No further mention of Martins Bank. Normally advertisements were confined to full pages, at either the front or the back of the yearbook. Page 17 sees an advertisement on the same page as actual content. It takes an effort of will not to imagine an education finance clerk rubbing his hands with glee at the extra 1s/6d saved on paper due to this master stroke. Err, that’s 7 and a ½ p, new money (decimalisation just on the horizon).

Advertisement on same page as actual content, 1970

Ad on same page as content

Lupton Bros, and thus the town were down to just the one bookshop. The demolition of Burnley’s market hall saw to that.

Lupton Bros bookshop ad, 1970

Lupton Bros bookshop ad, 1970

I suppose I ought to do an advertisement page countage, by year. Soon maybe. Not yet. The grammar school continues to advertise a gala day. Throw yourself into it. Many did. As an outsider, I watched bemused.

1970-Gala-Day

1970-Gala-Day

The Brun 1971

The Brun 1971, front cover

Front cover to The Brun 1971

Banks were well featured as advertisers in The Brun 1971. On page 1

Bill chose security at National Westminster.

NatWest Bank ad, 1971

NatWest Bank ad, 1971

Safe as houses, safe as banks they used to say. On page 3 Lucas are saying:

your talent is your capital

invest it in Lucas With over 80,000 employees, we are able to develop your talents…

Lucas ad, 1971

Lucas ad, 1971

On page 4, Lloyds suggests:

Two essential books for school leavers

Lloyds Bank ad, 1971

Lloyds Bank ad, 1971

Aha! A bank breaks ranks and joins the Burnley Building Society in touting for future business. On the other hand Barclays held to the career line:

your GCE is your FIRST qualification

In banking you can qualify further

Barclays Bank ad 1971

Barclays Bank ad 1971

The Brun 1972

Cover for The Brun 1972

Cover for The Brun 1972

The Brun 1972 has its fair share of bank and building society advertisements. On page 6 Barclays says

It’s after you start work at Barclays that you choose your career.

Barclays Bank ad, 1972

Barclays Bank ad, 1972

Page 8 has

Make the Special Grade with the Midland

It’ll pay you handsomely

Midland Bank ad, 1972

Midland Bank ad, 1972

There’s this from TSB on page 9:

…career seekers we’d like to meet you

There are bright career prospects for young people in the TRUSTEES SAVINGS BANK…

TSB ad 1972

TSB ad 1972

Page 100 was ready to introduce pupils to the adult delights of:

Wines, Spirits and Beers

Canned & Bottled Beer and Lager by McEwans, Youngers, Tetleys, Whitbread, Charringtons.

It then goes on to remind readers it has

4 PINTS, 7 PINT CANS OF DRAUGHT BITTER

Booze ad 1972

Booze ad 1972

The teachers that I remember certainly didn’t extol the virtues of alcohol to school children. The money offered for this ad must have been good, as well as the rationalisation. I thought it worth adding without comment, the Yorkshire Bank ad on page 98.

Yorkshire Bank ad 1972

Yorkshire Bank ad 1972

The Brun 1973

The Brun front cover 1973

The Brun front cover 1973

In The Brun 1973, Lloyds continues touting for business with, on page 9

One of the great things about leaving school is managing your own money Lloyds – where banking comes to life

Lloyds Bank ad 1973

Lloyds Bank ad 1973

Was it out of step? Well according to the Yorkshire Bank on page 88

School-leavers: The minute you spend cutting out this coupon could affect the rest of your life

Yorkshire Bank ad 1973

Yorkshire Bank ad 1973

And on page 93 we had:

Report on Brian’s first year with National Westminster

Brian joined us straight for school…

NatWest Bank ad 1973

NatWest Bank ad 1973

H. & N. ROBERTSHAW, on page 99, continue their quest for new custom to their

Wines, Spirits and Beers business.

The Brun 1974

The Brun 1974 cover

The Brun 1974 cover

For The Brun 1974, The Burnley Building Society on page 1 changed its ad to:

Make a wise move.

Put your money into a name you can trust.

Burnley Building Society ad 1974

Burnley Building Society ad 1974

The previous one lasted over six yearbooks. Page 3 saw Midland Bank with

The way ahead

University Sponsorship… Study Leave… Special Grade… Training…

Midland Bank ad 1974

Midland Bank ad 1974

Page 5 had

Leaving School? Come into the world of Barclays.

Ask your career teachers…

Barclays Bank ad 1974

Barclays Bank ad 1974

And page 7 from the NatWest was:

‘Remember this time last year when everyone else was dreading results?’ ‘Not us! We had our jobs lined up – with NatWest’

NatWest Bank ad 1974

NatWest Bank ad 1974

Lloyds however was still grubbing for our money Lucas, on page 81, a steadfast advertiser, finally dropped mention of the actual companies (i.e. subsidiaries) that an employee could work in

The start is all important LUCAS

Burnley Group of Companies

Lucas ad 1974

Lucas ad 1974

A lot of businesses have gone in Burnley. It no longer has a bookshop, Lupton Bros became Badger Books but the shop closed; Prestige failed. Michelin, a significant employer (who didn’t feature in the ads) closed its factory; locally based Burnley Building Society and Borough Building Society were gobbled up by financial bigness, as were those not based locally such as Martins Bank and Midlands Bank. As we all know banking bigness led to an orgy of self-congratulatory gambling as they played with fire or, to be more precise, their pet financial boutiques. Fast forward to five years ago; to payback on those boutiques. Payback was destruction of the banking capital base. This in turn led to billions of public money being squandered. Who else funds the lender of last resort, who else could bail them out? Totally avoidable, but hey; who learns from history? This wraps up my project. The idea came a while ago but I did’t do anything with it until 16/12/13 (11 days back) when I decided to come off the fence and put together a private edition. I fiddled around with scanning for a couple of days before reverting to my original plan of articles. Seven articles were intended and some are already posted onto my Daily Telegraph blog: A History of BGS Burnley Social Mobility The Times Advertisers (this blog post). The last two, Penny Pinching (observations of a fly on the wall) and Technical, fell by the wayside. 🙂

I’ve incorporated this blog into a volume titled: Burnley | The Brun. This will look at Burnley and one of its claims to fame —an early battle that influenced the English character in pre-Norman times.

The contents listing is:

Burnley
Brunanburh
Burnley Grammar School
Education —A Class Threat
A Match Report into Social Mobility
The Brun

Reproductions of the 1968 to 1974 editions which include house reports, the school play, academic achievements, sporting achievements and other contributions; plus the above advertisements are available.

More details are here.

 


[edited 09/08/2015 added link to self-published book: Burnley.
 

 

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About Terence Park

Collections: vinyl records, comic books, paperbacks; I've plenty of them all. I also do spreadsheets.
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One Response to The Brun – Burnley Grammar School Yearbook

  1. Terence Park says:

    I have since produced a history of Burnley Grammar School. Details are at: http://burnleythebrun.wordpress.com/

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