Mary Banks kindly
sent me a number of Becksides from her years at Ayton (1932-38) so she was
a new girl when this edition was published.
This web version is as close to the original as possible, including some
of the spelling which would not have escaped editions in later decades.
to be missed - this edition contains all the "Pirates of
Penzance" articles. Also, did you know Ayton School played a part in
Germany's recovery after the War? Read on (under School
There are loads of linocuts and scraper board drawings. You can almost
smell the lino - never to be forgotten!
very slim but special Beckside - the entire text section is devoted to Evelyn Nicholson and
her retirement at the end of the summer term 1967.
There were a lot of sports results - omitted from here - but exam results are
22 years old now this edition has a modern feel about it. There is much
"social and moral comment" which is interesting to compare with today's values.
To balance this there is a lot of fun - the Leavers'
Examination on page seven is hilarious!
Drawings and art generally are to a high standard.