Margaret Connolly (nee Pemberton), of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, shares her personal experiences of the Toastrack:
“I attended classes for silversmiths at Hollings College from 1962 (circa) until 1974. This was a further education class and my tutor was Mr Hollings. I learnt a lot from him, and after the class closed went on to get 2 NVQs and City & Guilds at Arden and Partington colleges respectively.
I was at Hollings when Miss Hollings died, and the college was renamed in her memory. My tutor, Mr Hollings, was her brother. As well as jewellery, the class in tandem also had a small class for making shoes by hand. Mr Hollings taught both classes at the same time in the same room – I think he may have brought the shoe class from another college. He was an old-style teacher, a stout man with horn-rimmed glasses, very helpful, kind and knowledgeable. I don’t know much about the shoe class – I was too busy doing my own thing. During my time at Hollings College, Mr Hollings retired and was replaced with Mr Cartwright.
I made lots of friends at Hollings and have many happy memories of my time there.
In 1967 I wrote an article for She magazine, which was published in the November issue. I received £12.50 for this article, and with the money I bought a new fridge.”
Margaret’s article is reproduced from her original copy below: