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Run marks 40 years


A line-up of sporting champions were at Radcliffe Dayncourt School yesterday taking part in celebrations to commemorate the official opening of the school 40 years ago.

The school was officially opened on November 6, 1957, by the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner, Mr S. D. Pierce.

And yesterday a 40-mile run to mark the annivarsary was held involving many former pupils and - much to the excitement of school staff and his many friends, physical education teacher Mr Dave Bullas, who was told by doctors a year ago that he would never walk again following a road accident.

Mr Bullas, who lives in Bingham, was always determined the car crash would not confine him to a wheelchair. He had to undergo a ten hour operation at Nottingham Queen's Medical Centre to have his shattered hip pieced together with 11 pins and four metal plates.

The father-of-three refused to accept the doctors' prognosis and as he lay bed-ridden for nearly two months told his family he would walk again. And yesterday he did better than that, by running the first lap of the 40-mile event.

The run was to and from Holme Pierrepont Water Sports Centre and involved ten circuits of the regatta course with runners selected from each year group to run relay legs.

The runners included school head Mr Philip Andrew; Year 7 pupil Tom Graham who plays Tommy Archer in the BBC radio soap; Mrs Ann Ford, a Dayncourt parent who was second in the 1988 London Marathon, women's winner of this year's Robin Hood half marathon and a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist; Mr Bullas; Mrs Joy Jordan, a former athletics world record holder and Olympian who was a lab technician at Dayncourt for 20 years until last August and Mr Gary Mills, a Dayncourt parent and former Nottingham Forest player who was the youngest player to gain a European Cup winner's medal.

Also running were Mr Bernie Ford, a Dayncourt parent and 1986 Montreal Olympic finalist who also ran for Great Britain in the marathon in the 1980 Olympics and was a bronze medalist in the world cross country championships; Mr Ian Beesley, chairman of the recently formed Rushcliffe Athletics Club based at Bingham Leisure Centre and school staff Mr Neil Matthews, Mr Nigel Ingham, Barbara Palmer, Mr Jason King, and Mr Daniel Dillon.

First award winner


Retired Cotgrave headteacher Mr Harry Eyre has been awarded a special certificate in recognition of his work in education.

He had the honour of receiving the first ever certificate of public service awarded by Cotgrave Town Council.

Mr Eyre began his teaching career in 1969 and became the head of Manvers Junior School in September, 1984, where he remained until his retirement in March this year.

During his time at Manvers he set out to use areas of the school more effectively. He created a spacious, modern library for children from what was a P.E. store hall. A computer was added later.

He transformed a rarely used changing room into a computer room and when the kitchen became redundant it was turned into a new dining area and a teaching room for music and cookery.

He added carpets to all classrooms, fitted more economic strip lighting throughout the school and changed a tarmac playground into a conservatory with tubs and beds for plants and a pond.

Pupils became involved in fundraising activities and bulb planting all around the village and Mr Eyre encouraged them to go on educational visits.

He promoted artwork throughout the school which led to pupils winning many art competitions. His love of art resulted in him forming the Cotgrave Art Club.

His concern for the environment led him to encourage recycling and the school became a collection centre for paper, aluminium and second hand clothes and shoes.

The certificate was presented by town council chairman Mr Dave Bates.

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