Old Bonner Primary School - School Days

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Former teachers and pupils of Bonner Street Primary School reminisce as their old school, a Victorian building built in 1876, is demolished.

Seeing the east London school turn to rubble evokes many memories; from the outside toilets, corporal punishment and tough times of the post-war era to the new influx of young teachers in the 70s, the hippy clothing, the creativity, and the daily pint of milk warming in the sun.

Former teachers share memories of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, stress free exams, children playing with spinning tops in the streets, as well as recollections of wearing pants and vests in gym classes and stories of Nitty Nora, the school nurse.