Oldest surviving pupil and former Boston mayoress heads back to school aged 97

Madge Addlesee with Mayor of Brigg Carl Sherwood. NA
Madge Addlesee with Mayor of Brigg Carl Sherwood. NA

THE oldest alumni of a Lincolnshire school and former Boston mayor revisited her former educational establishment as part of its 140th anniversary celebrations recently.

Madge Addelsee, the wife of the late councillor John Addelsee was treated as a VIP when she visited Worlaby Academy near Brigg.

The 97-year-old is the oldest surviving former pupil and last visited the school as a guest in 1978 in her regalia as Mayoress of Boston.

Mrs Addelsee said: “It was wonderful. It was 92 years ago I stood on those steps when I was five years old.

“They have the same big room in which they taught me and she showed me exactly where I used to sit, and I showed her where the fire was that the boys used to burn the [headmaster] Old Goats’ sticks.”

She said it reminded her of her school days, including when she received the worst caning in her life, one for which her mother told the headmaster off.

Daughter Jane Parsons said: “It was such a wonderful experience for her as her childhood memories are so precious at her age.

“The headmistress Mrs Mills and staff were so enthralled by her tales of life at the Worlaby school in the 1920s that they have invited her to return and relate them to the children.

“School life was so very different then and I think the children will be thankful that they go to school today and not then when a certain Mr Goats with his cane was the headmaster.”