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Monday, 06 July 2015
All pupils in the Boys’ Division traditionally compete in the annual House competition for the Lyde Cup. All students are placed in one of four Houses – Blackburn, Chorley, Manchester or Wigan – and the competition takes place over three days, one in each term. The prestigious Lyde Cup itself was presented in 1903 by the then Headmaster and his wife on his departure to take up a university professorship.
Over the course of the three House Days, the boys have taken part in over 200 diverse activities, which included kayaking for the first time this year. The final House Day took place in early June, but the final results were held back for a special presentation assembly at the end of term.
Mr Martin Wadsworth took to the stage to give one of his trademark speeches to present the trophies. There was a four-way tie for the Indoor Racquets trophy, but otherwise the results were conclusive. Blackburn House won the Tim Holt Trophy for Chess and the prize for Words and Music. Manchester House was triumphant in the Indoor Pursuits, Outdoor Pursuits and Tennis, and Manchester’s Seniors also narrowly took the Hesketh Cup this year. Chorley House received the most cups with awards for Creative Pursuits, Golf and Swimming bringing their total to eight.
However, it was Wigan House that emerged victorious. During the assembly, House representatives were awarded the Cricket and Quiz trophies, the Haselden PT Trophy for the Intermediate Champions, and the Junior Cup, which was won by a 300 point margin. With a huge 400 point lead over their closest rivals, this meant that Wigan had stacked up enough points to win the Lyde Cup for the second year running!
The presentation assembly was a particularly poignant occasion as, in addition to celebrating the triumphs of the boys in their House competition, the School also bid farewell to Mr Wadsworth.
Mr Wadsworth joined Bolton School 41 years ago as a teacher of Economics. During the assembly, Headmaster Mr Philip Britton paid tribute to the enormous impact he has had over the years, for example introducing Business Studies to the curriculum. During his time at the School, he acted as Head of Games and forged important and ongoing links with local and regional sport clubs. After retiring as a teacher, he returned to School as a Sergeant, thus embodying the strong links between teaching and support staff, before also retiring from this post.
Most of the Boys’ Division’s current pupils know Mr Wadsworth best through his enthusiastic involvement in House and sporting events, and his memorable presentation of results – often in verse and with humorous references for those old enough to recognise them!
The Headmaster led the boys in a resounding round of applause for Mr Wadsworth at the end of the presentation assembly.
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