Park Lane residents relive school days with trip down memory lane

Two residents from Park Lane Care Home in Knypersley took a nostalgic trip back to the primary school they attended over 90 years ago.

Millicent Wright (aged 98) and Ethel Rathbone (aged 95) had attended Wellington Road Infant School back in the 1920s and were invited back to see the school – now St Luke’s Primary School in Hanley – as it is today.

The visit took in a tour of the school, including the main hall with the original flooring still in place, and a classroom full of archived material including old registration records and memories of a very famous pupil – Sir Stanley Matthews – who had also attended the school a few years before Millicent and Ethel.

Ethel Rathbone said:

“It was wonderful to return to Wellington Road after all this time; I can still remember assemblies in the school hall and it brought back lots of happy memories.

Millicent and I are really grateful to everyone at Park Lane and the school who organised the trip, and it was wonderful that some of our family members could join us and share our memories.”

Home Manager Karen Jukes added:

“The initial idea for the visit came from one of our residents and relatives meetings, and we were really pleased to be able to help make this happen for Millicent and Ethel. Reminiscence is an important part of our activity at Park Lane, and the opportunity to bring memories back to life with this kind of visit is incredibly valuable for our residents.

Our thanks go to everyone at St Luke’s Hanley for making it such a fantastic and memorable occasion.”

Date published: 7 May 2019

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