Why would it be polite to called John Ackroyd 'Ackers'. Anyway, I thought it was the tragically boring deep-voiced Chris Ackroyd we called 'Ackers'. As regards Cronshaw, if it was today, he would be behind bars in no time at all.
I never had Cronshaw. But Snakey came into class one day and said if he came in another time and we were making so much noise, then he would beat all of us. Of course next lesson, he said were were, and he did beat all of us !
As senior on a school dinner table (in the old Mechanics Hall), one day we erroneously collected one portion of pud too much.
I learnt later that there were some boys who had missed out and that Arthur wanted to see all table heads.
I met him in his study and confessed that we had mistakenly over–collected and apologised for not returning the surplus portion of “stodge”. He treated me to a few corrective words of information and advice which I took on board.
The following day, as we met walking in opposite directions on the senior corridor, I saw Mr Cronshaw who halted and theatrically addressed me – “Ha, you’re the boy who steals other boys’ dinners!”