Nick Armstrong 1987-89

posted Jun 5, 2016, 2:14 PM by Tim Birdsall   [ updated Jun 5, 2016, 2:28 PM ]
From Colin Armstrong, who started the Forbidden Corner near Middleham.

'Nick was eleven years old and at the Inter-American school in Guayaquil.  He had passed an exam to gain admission to Malsis preparatory school near Keighley in Yorkshire, with the idea that he should progress to Sedbergh at thirteen......Time was beginning to hang heavy for Nick and me, as the first day of school drew near.  The dreaded day arrived on the 17th September.  We drove off from home.  It is an hour and a quarter's drive and the silence was oppressive before we were halfway there.  My cheerful 'You'll enjoy the rugby' or 'Only six weeks until we see you at half-term' did not have the desired effect.  We had visited the school with Ceci at the end of the previous term and met John Clark, the headmaster.  Nick had been shown round by two other boys and left them with a cheery 'See you next term'.  But that seemed an age away. Now it was for real....