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Reading one of Sue Reltons' messages she touched on an aspect of being an ex NCH person which has intrigued me over the years. I firmly beleive we should be very proud that we were brought up by NCH and cared for so well. But I know I didn't always think like this.
For many years (say 20 or more) I would tell nobody about NCH and would always refer to my family in East Yorkshire and Harrogate was only referred to as being where I went to School. I suppose there was a touch of arrogance coming out here as I obviously wanted people to think well of me and perhaps intuitively I thought they would look down on me if I told them I had been brought up in an orphanage.
I think my change of attitude developed when I became a father and especially in 1976 when we moved into a house in Pannal with three boys aged 10, 9 and 9 and I was able to take them to see Fairfield and introduce them to Sister Edith and others.Mr Roycroft had moved on to Harpenden by then but I seem to remember Mr Niven was in post at the time and I found him to be a warm-hearted man.
Anyway, coming back to the central thrust of this article, I really do feel proud to be an old-boy and very pleased to be able to communicate with other "Boys and Girls" some of who I was actually a contemporary and others who came after us but have the same heart warming memories of Fairfield etc.It will be very interesting to hear other peoples views on my question - Are you proud of your time in NCH?