I had to chuckle when I read Chuck Brannan’s interview in last week’s Hawick News, in which he referred to his time at Trinity school and the “scary” teacher who used to belt all the boys.
I remember her well and if my memory serves, her name was Miss Dalgarno. She was, indeed, a scary lady! She used to wear a pin-stripe skirt suit, had a very short haircut, nicotine-stained fingers and an authority that could have silenced a roomful of noisy squaddies!
I well remember as a scared 10-year-old in 1956 transferring to Trinity from the ‘Fever Hospital’ classes at Burnfoot school and being placed, to my horror, in Miss Dalgarno’s class (her reputation went before her you see!).
However, that said, despite her strictness and seeming delight in belting the boys, she was one of the best teachers I ever had and I learned a great deal in my year in her class.
I’m sure there will be many others who remember this lady, either like myself as a superb teacher or like the poor boys with their red, stinging palms!
They certainly don’t produce teachers like her any more. Whether that is a good thing or not is, of course, open to discussion.