I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me. My old comprehensive school has been demolished. All because it’s not fit for purpose anymore. I’m so disgusted. I know I left school several years ago, but it always felt a part of me and home when we used to go past it on the bus. I never had a great time at school, but there are so many fond memories of the place. Like being ill, and they not being able to get hold of Mum and sleeping in the nurses room. P.E. where we used to walk when we got behind the gym instead of running. Being able to do a gymnastic move when others couldn’t. The out of date sex education. The horrible Christmas parties where you never got picked and boys would make you hold their sleeves incase they got the lurgy. Food technology and learning to cook. The B.C.G. jab, where weeks after, years after if you were punched in your left arm you would go ‘ow, b.c.g. man!”) The custard for desert. The list goes on. So that’s the second school to disappear and be made into houses or whatever they decide. I wonder if George Gently knows his police station has gone.
So I raise my cup of coffee to you.
Here’s the article that is in the local paper HERE
by Catherine Priestley , Chief Reporter (Sedgefield)
‘A LANDMARK school building was this week reduced to rubble – much to the dismay of heartbroken campaigners.
These dramatic pictures capture the demolition of the former Tudhoe Grange School, on Durham Road, Spennymoor, in County Durham.
Campaigners had lobbied Durham County Council and Spennymoor Learning Community Trust in a bid to save the building which closed in 2012 when Tudhoe Grange and Spennymoor Schools merged to create Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College.
More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for its 1912 red brick frontage to be saved and argued that it was one of the most treasured parts of the town’s heritage.
But both organisations said the cost of repairs meant it was not economically viable to retain the building so decided to clear and sell the land to make money to reinvest in education.
The school on Durham Road was previously known as Spennymoor Higher Elementary, Alderman Wraith Grammar and Durham Road Secondary.
Many former pupils have visited the site this week to witness its final days, taking photographs and even laying flowers at the scene.
Many took to Facebook to post messages on the Spennymoor Save Our Heritage and Spennymoor news from The Northern Echo pages.
Alan Gardner branded the demolition “a total disgrace” and accused the council of showing contempt for the electorate.’