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25th June 2021

> Hello,  my mam Brenda Hankin was a pupil at BRS, not sure of the years ( born 1934). She recently passed away and I have found a group photo of her time there. (Photo in library.)
> > Janette

1st January2021 

Can anyone help?  Can anyone remember Billy Martin?   If you can do you know what year/s he attended and what dorm he was in? 

"I was speaking to another relative recently and Brownrigg came up. He said his brother attended in his last year of school (He was born in Aug 1937 so figure it must be in the academic year 1951/2. No idea of the House but said he remembered cycling to the school from Gosforth to see his brother. He said the school was quarantined due to an outbreak of Scarlet Fever.

His brother was named Robert William Martin (known as Billy Martin)".

From Gillian Moss

23rd May 2019

Good morning ... my brother David Heads attended Brownrigg school in the early
60’s there was 10 years difference between us so the dates I’m not really
sure of, he lived in Cramlington which was our family home, he move to Newbury
in 1984 or there abouts but sadly Saturday 18th May he passed away at the age of

His funeral will be held Wednesday 29th May in Oxfordshire if anyone wishes to
contact me please do, he loved his time there at Brownrigg and often spoke about
it please could you pop it on your page of his passing I’m sure he would have
wanted some of his friends to know... with thanks GillXxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

29th Sept 2018

 Audrey Easton maiden name Ledgerwood
13th July1941 - 21st June 2016 age 74
Attended the school in the 50'sAudrey Easton maiden name Ledgerwood

7th Dec 2016

For those of you who new my brother Terry Yarrow , 1957. 

Terry is in Wansbeck Hospital Palliative  care, terminally ill.

i will post any updates here.

20th Dec 2016

Terry passed away this morning.

Eddie Yarrow


    Regret to inform all Brown Riggers that Dennis Wilson passed away on 13th February 2017. Dennis , along with his wife Mary, taught at Brown Rigg for some 7 years, 1955 -1962, he was head of Tweed Dorm for most of that time. A great sportsman, Dennis coached the football team which won the Blake Cup in 1959, he and Mary took parties from Brown Rigg to Switzerland and Holland. He was a good bloke and will be a big miss in the community of Ingleton where he had lived, and taught, for many years.

    Posted on Mon 13th Feb 2017 at 18:2O


 My Mother, Joyce Gordon at the time, taught evacuee girls at Brownrigg during WW2. Hers was the only bicycle with a lamp so at night she would lead a convoy of teachers to a local pub in Bellingham, where she always ordered a pint of milk. It was at that school she met life-long friend Margaret Cain who also taught there. My mother passed away on 16 October 2015 aged 95. Margaret died a few years earlier in Hexham 


 Anyone who can remember Joe Raine, one of the former Heads of Brownrigg,----- has died December 12th aged 93.  Announced in todays Newcastle Journal. 


Funeral is to be held at Whitley Bay Crematorium, Tuesday 22nd December at 13.30 hrs. Friends please meet at the crematorium, family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired to be made to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. A donation box will be available at the crematorium.


15th May 2013

The funeral service for Pat Goonan ( Formerly pat Illingworth ) will be held at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Friday 17th at 1:30pm.

Message from Ed Graham  11/05/2013 

It is with great regret that I have to inform you all of the passing of Pat Goonan ( nee Illingworth) who died last night following a very short  illness, although she had sufered from emphysemia for a considerable time.
As yet I have no funeral details but will attempt to keep everyone informed as soon as I receive any notice. I have spoken with Pat's husband, Terry Goonan, and have expressed the deepest sympathy of the wider Brown Rigg community.
Mr FW Main & Mrs M Main (Mon 5th Mar 2012 at 15:17)
Email: [email protected]

It is with great sadness that we need to tell you of the very sudden death of Vince Curran,on Friday 2nd March 2012.
He was on holiday in Spain with an elder brother,when he died.It is a huge shock to all his family and friends,especially his partner Sheila.
As his body is to be brought from Spain to Newcastle,funeral arrangements are yet to be made.
Sadly missed by sister Moira and brother-in-law Bill.

Date: 2010-09-25 17:55:18
From: Sarah McClennan <[email protected]>
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My partner's father, Duncan Rawlson Day, used to go to Brownrigg School and
recently became involved in a reunion. Unfortunately Duncan has now passed away.
Please could you pass on this information to any of his classmates who would
wish to know. Duncan died of a heart attack while on holiday in the Scilly
Isles. If any of his classmates wish to be contacted please give them my email
Many thank, Sarah McClennan