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Article from Kettering Evening Telegraph dated 16 July 1973 transcribed and presented by Margaret Craddock
Schools say goodbye

Mr Pentelow and his wife get a rousing send off from the children

Children give head a TV

One of the area’s most loved and well-known headmasters, Mr Roy Pentelow, has retired from Burton Latimer County Junior School after 27 years.

Gifts arrived at the school from former pupils as far away as America and presentations were made by the staff and ex-members of the staff, the school managers, past scholars and friends, and, of course, the children.

The children clubbed together to raise such a large amount that they were able to give Mr Pentelow a colour television.

As well as the TV, he received a coffee pot, an inscribed gold watch, an electric shaver, baskets of flowers and a potted plant.


As chairman of the Kettering, Corby and district Schoolboys’ Football Association, Mr Pentelow also received a wall plaque, the shield of the England Schools Football Association, a similar badge for the front of his car, and a cheque for £50.

Mr Pentelow has also been presented with a historical and geographical map, drawn and painted by a former headmaster of Highfield School, Kettering, Mr Dennis Abbott, who specialises in map-making.

Earlier in the week, Mr Pentelow was reunited with 120 former pupils of the school, some of whom he hadn’t seen for 30 years.

Mr Pentelow said: ”I have always tried to find time to listen to all the worries of the children, and I have always been blessed with a friendly and helpful staff.”

Mr and Mrs Pentelow are both keen walkers and intend to explore Northamptonshire on foot in the near future.  Mr Pentelow is also a member of the Burton Latimer Town Bowling Club and intends to keep up this activity.

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