Peggy White (then Margaret  Price) remembers Mr. Fern from her time at Hathern school in the 1920s. He was very stern and carried a stick up his sleeve. As headmaster, Mr. Fern was in the main room and naughty children were sent there by Mrs. Pratt to be caned . Peggy remembers her friend (and future husband) Reg. White being sent for the cane several times. Mrs Wilkins from long Whatton was also a teacher, and still was in the 1950s.

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