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Mr Spaulding and Mr Anderson by Gloria Hunniford

The veteran TV and radio presenter remembers two teachers at a grammar school she had to fight to attend, and how they taught her skills for life

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My sister, Lena, dreamed of becoming a schoolteacher. When she received a blackboard and easel for a birthday present, she pretended to be a teacher by practising on me.

Every Saturday, without fail, she’d hold classes for me, even setting homework. The positive side to this is that I could read and write before attending primary school.

After achieving my 11-plus, I spent four years at a grammar school called Portadown College. My parents were against me going because they thought it was too posh and they couldn’t afford the clothes and books.

I had to fight for the right to attend – and ...

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