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Former pupils raise £38,000 in honour of favourite former teacher
10:39am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
FORMER students have raised £38,000 for a new school building in memory of a legendary teacher.
George Young taught English and drama at Colchester Royal Grammar School from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s, and later regularly attended lunches in his honour with former students.
When he died, aged 98 in 2010, his former charges decided to do something special for their inspirational teacher, and set out to help build a new lecture theatre, performance studio and concert venue.
With the Lexden Road building just weeks from completion, the Friends of George Young this week handed over a cheque for £38,000.
Fundraisers included a cabaret evening at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, lunches, garden parties and concerts by a Welsh choir at the school and in Dedham.
As Mr Young was once the country’s oldest musical hall performer, putting on a variety show at the school in his 90s, a musical hall production was organised.
One of the Friends, Alan Sharp, decided he wanted donations rather than birthday presents for his 80th birthday, and organised entertainment at his party.
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