The Seagulls Song

A young woman discovers she has breast cancer and tells her friend and neighbour- her son is a promising young footballer and his father likes a pint or three. Get the hankies ready when reading this one.


6. 6

Everyone stood up to Sing “Ye holy angel’s bright” Then Mr Brassington read out a verse from Homers Ulysses.


“We are not now that strength

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are,

We are one equal temper of heroic hearts

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive to seek, to find, and not to yield.


“Let us pray;

The lord makes his face to shine upon you,

And be gracious unto you,

The lord lifts up his countenance on you

And give you peace.


Now everyone join in with me as we say the Lords prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven….

The whole school joined in until the prayer was finished before Mr Brassington said Amen and the whole school answered.



Classes dismissed; the children filed out quietly then headed to their classes.

Georgie had metal work in Mr Andersons metal work room.

He walked past the domestic science room then Mr Clegg’s art class turning left on then first right; Mr Cook’s woodwork class was just commencing; the room next to it was the metal work room.

Inside on the left was a forge that had been lit. There were six wooden benches with a vice attached at each end. On the wall was an array of different tools from ball pin hammers, files, metal snips, and buffing pads. On the far wall were two lathes.

Everyone stood at a bench as Mr Anderson went through what they were about to make and the process used to make it. Everyone put on an apron;

 Then got the tools what they would need and got on with the exercise.

Today they were making a copper ash tray. Which they would cut with snips into an triangular shape; when it was filed, It was then heated in the forge bent into an oval shape then planished using a small ball pin hammer then the bottom of the ash tray was made from a straight piece of copper. Again it was filed and made into a circular shape welded at the end to make a ring. It was then polished on the buffing machine. It then welded to the bottom of the other piece of the ash tray. Using flux and solder with a soldering iron.

Once that was done the whole thing was polished to a high shine.

All your work could be purchased; only if Mr Anderson was satisfied that you had carried out the process correctly.

Each piece of work was marked by the teacher and at the end of term you got a grade.

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