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Just chatting to my sister and she was talking about it. It was situatied between the top of Dentons green and the Cemetery on the right hand side.  She went there in the 50s.  When you think how bad the pollution was in those days it is understandable why it was needed.

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I had a brother and a cousin who attended that school. My cousin went in the 50s because she had polio and spent a lot of time in hospital. My brother went much later due to having repeated bouts of pneumonia and again missed schooling. Both of them said they enjoyed their time there

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I remember that school but can't add any information.

Back in the 50's most people had a cough. Smoking didn't help. Was there a hospital, sanitorium near Rhyll? I remember getting permission to leave Morley's North Wales camp to visit a friend's little sister there.

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My sister is now in her 80s so it must have done her some good.  Yes she was chuckling at the recollection so it must have been ok.

I know very little about the Rhyl area Bert, Blackpool was always our destination of choice lol.

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I knew of the Open Air School and that my neighbour a Derek Hart went there in the 50's 


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My Dad and his younger brother BOTH went to The Open Air School.  Dad always suffered with severe Bronchitis as a child - same with his brother.

Didn't stop Dad from becoming a fairly 'heavy smoker' as he got into his teens.  Most of his National Service Photos show him with a cig in his hand OR in his mouth!

Strangely enough, his brother NEVER smoked at all.  He became a bit of a 'Health Nut' and did lots of cycling around Derbyshire and 'Trough of Bowland'.  He and his girlfriend would set off with the bikes on the roof of his car, go cycling all over the place and then back home in the car.  They also used to go to The Isle of Man for the 'Road Cycling TT Races' :thumbup:.

 

photo of Open Air School, Rainford Road.

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I'm pretty certain that Windleshaw Primary School (aka St Thomas of Canterbury Primary) is now located at the site of the old Open Air School. I went to Windleshaw Primary when it was located across the road from The Gerard Arms.

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I remember it very well, I think I went on an Open Day there once back in the day.

It says here it closed in 2005.

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IT going to be a bittersweet moment for staff, pupils, parents and friends of a special school when the 'last bell' sounds at the end of this month.

 

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