Former student to give school talk

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A FORMER student turned musician is to return to his former school next month to give a talk.

David Eagle, a former sixth form student at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, now tours the world with a folk music band called the Young Uns.

He is set to return to the school on Thursday, March 13, for the 34th annual John Bell lecture.

Michael Lee, headteacher at the school, said: “This lecture is now an established tradition of the school and is given as a tribute to the school’s first headteacher, the late Canon John Bell.

“The lecture this year is being delivered by David Eagle, a former Sixth Form student who now tours the country, and indeed the world, with a folk music band, the Young Uns.

“It promises to be an extremely interesting lecture.”

The lecture will be preceded at 6.40pm by some musical items performed by members of the school orchestra and the lecture will be followed as usual by light refreshments.

Parents and friends of the school will also be at the lecture in the school’s St Anne’s Hall.

Previous speakers have included EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and MP Ann Widdecombe.

The event, which is named after the first headteacher of the school, Canon John Bell, is held every year in the school hall.

Canon John Bell, who taught at the school for 15-years, died in 1991, aged 74, when he was parish priest at St Joseph’s RC Church, in the town’s St Paul’s Road.

The John Bell Lecture will be taking place at 7pm at St Anne’s Hall at the school.