Former Hartlepool headteacher puts his memories in print

A former Hartlepool headteacher has put pen to paper about his time in the town.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 6:00 am
Bryan Cross with his book.
Bryan Cross with his book.

Bryan Cross decided to put his memories in print by writing a book, Quit While You’re A-head – Terrifying Tales of a Teeside Teacher.

The 75-year-old said his time in Hartlepool was amazing and he is looking forward to coming back to the town in September for a book launch at one of his former schools.

Bryan, who now lives in Castleton in North Yorkshire, was a deputy headteacher at Fens Primary School for 13 years before moving to the town’s Grange Primary School as headteacher in 1988.

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He took early retirement from this post in 1997, due to his wife’s ill health, but said he loved every minute of it.

The dad-of-three, said: “It was brilliant working in Hartlepool, I absolutely loved it. Hartlepool is one of my favourite places and I still have a lot of friends there and visit often.

“I remember every single thing that happened vividly because they were such good times.”

Bryan said the book is a light-hearted account of some memorable events during his teaching career that he hopes people will enjoy reading.

He said: “It has been an absolutely great little project and a lot of fun.”

Bryan said the best part has been reconnecting with some brilliant people he used to work with.

The budding author qualified at Middlesbrough Teacher Training College in 1966 and also taught at Frederick Nattrass Junior School in Norton.

Bryan’s book is available from