Bolton School Former Pupils
Marjorie McCormick (nee Hough, 1950-1956)
Marjorie recalls how one of the traditions of the Girl's Division began ...
In September 1953 Miss Slynn (a member of the Halle Choir) was appointed Head of Music. She decided that the first verse of the Carol Once in Royal David's City, which opened the Girls' Division Annual Carol Service, would be sung as an unaccompanied solo. As a soloist at previous School events, I felt very privileged when Miss Slynn asked me to sing this special solo. Standing outside the doors of the Great Hall with all the girls lined up in silence along the main corridor was awesome. With a smile Miss Slynn opened the doors. It was time to begin. I stepped into the Great Hall. On the platform at the other end of the Hall were seated the Headmistress, Miss Varley, the Governors and the VIP guests. Seated in front of the platform were the parents, full of anticipation. The organist sounded a note. It was time to sing!
Over the years many other girls have had the honour of singing this special solo. It was a great privilege to be the first girl chosen to do so. Before I left School for teacher training college in 1956, I had the opportunity to sing it once more when I was in the Lower Sixth. I will always cherish the experience. When my two daughters and, later, two of my granddaughters attended the School, it was wonderful to go to the Carol Service again and witness the tradition continuing.
My family has been fortunate to have three generations at Bolton School: myself, my daughters, Alison Fallowfield (née McCormick, 1976-1983) and Janette Owen (née McCormick, 1979-1986), and my granddaughters, Ellena Owen (2007-2014) and Georgina Owen (2009, now in Year 11).
For nearly 65years our family has been involved with the School and is extremely grateful for the first-class education and opportunities it provides. May it long continue.