Week in the Life column with Keith Tordoff

Pateley Bridge Town Mayor Stan Lumley, St Cuthberts CofE Primary School head Lynette Brammah and myself pictured with the Yorkshire in Bloom logo competition winners.
Pateley Bridge Town Mayor Stan Lumley, St Cuthberts CofE Primary School head Lynette Brammah and myself pictured with the Yorkshire in Bloom logo competition winners.
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Last week myself and Kirsty went along to St Cuthbert’s Primary School to present awards on behalf of the Nidderdale Chamber of Trade to the pupils who had been selected as winners of the Pateley Bridge logo competition.

The competition was set to find a logo to use on the Pateley Bridge presentation for its entry this year in Yorkshire In Bloom.

Myself and Angela Stocks at Serendipity, complete with Tour de Yorkshire window dressing.

Myself and Angela Stocks at Serendipity, complete with Tour de Yorkshire window dressing.

We were met at the school by Lynette Brammah, the head teacher, and also there was the Pateley Bridge Town Mayor Councillor Stan Lumley.

Stan was at the morning assembly to talk to the children about a subject they had been studying – democracy. Now that’s a subject and a half!

Stan asked questions of the pupils, one of which was if they knew what taxes were. Lots of hands in the air and the first one chosen by Stan to answer said ‘they’re what you need for your car’ and another answered ‘taxis are what you catch’, both of which are strictly correct!

I love the simplicity of children’s responses and logic.

Another example of the children’s logic showed up when I was looking through the entries for the logo competition for Yorkshire in Bloom.

The drawings from reception to year six were fantastic, showing flowers, trees, scenery and wildlife when there among them was a picture of a large cat with the simple caption ‘I love my cat’ – not quite the brief but it brought a smile to my face!

All the entries were worthy of being the winner but there had to be a main winner who received a treasure chest of sweets and runners-up receiving prizes.

We didn’t want to see any disappointed faces so there were lollies for all pupils of the school (if allowed).

I was back at school the same evening but this time at Nidderdale High School courtesy of an VIP invitation where I met up with the head teacher Kath Jordan.

I was at the school for the Spring Showcase which was to feature the Nidderdale Drama Group performing The Witches by Roald Dahl and the second part of the evening music performed by pupils of the school.

Returning to school is quite ironic as my mother was a teacher and although not attending her school I was her biggest challenge, unlike my brother and sister who were brain boxes!

The drama group excelled in their performance, although it is not a good advert for my business using sweets to turn people into mice (blame Roald Dahl)!

The music was beautiful and the two piano solos had a particular resonance to me as my late mother loved piano music, in particular Beethoven and Chopin.

At her funeral at the beautiful Bewerley Chapel an ex pupil of my mother’s played Fur Elise by Beethoven and Waltz in C Minor by Chopin on a keyboard, making the evening at Nidderdale High School with those pieces being played very poignant.

High praise to all the pupils is well deserved and to the teachers congratulations on helping produce such talented students.

As usual the last week was non-stop including distributing to businesses wooden display bikes to help promote the fast approaching Tour de Yorkshire which comes though Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale on Saturday, April 29 – look out for them in shop windows on the High Street.

Over the last few weeks along with Tim Ledbetter from Sypeland Outdoors I have spent lots of time liaising and planning a visit by Clare Balding, the TV presenter, who will be presenting the BBC Radio 4 Ramblings programme from Nidderdale.

We look forward on Wednesday, April 19 to welcoming Clare and introducing her over a few days to the delights of Nidderdale.