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Historic Titanic poem returns to hang in former Sheffield school

Kevin Dallyn, Patricia Lancaster and Stephanie Glades, outside the Bluecoats building before hanging the Titanic poem

Kevin Dallyn, Patricia Lancaster and Stephanie Glades, outside the Bluecoats building before hanging the Titanic poem

A poem about the Titanic written more than 100 years ago in a Sheffield school has been hung in the place it was created.

Two local families with links to the poem helped hang it in the apartments development following an appeal in The Star.

The poem turned up in the sales office of Bellway Homes’ Bluecoats development, on the site of the former Blue Coats School on Psalter Lane earlier this year.

Entitled The Titanic, it was written by two former pupils at the school.

Kevin Dallyn and sister Stephanie Glades, along with Patricia Lancaster, all came forward following an appeal seeking anyone with information or a link to the poem. The trio helped to hang the reproduction in the main entrance of the refurbished Old Schoolhouse.

According to the introduction to the poem, it was an unaided collaboration of GL Ellis and HH Tomlinson.

Mr Dallyn, who lives in Killamarsh, contacted Bellway after reading the appeal and realising that GL Ellis was his great uncle.

“I couldn’t believe it when I read the story – my uncle Leslie was born in the 1800s so this was going way back,” he said.

“Admittedly, I have only vague recollections of him from when I was a child, but my late mother had recited this poem to us in her advancing years so it was a very prominent memory for me.”

His sister Stephanie, from Greenhill, Sheffield, added: “Having the chance to come back to the place my great uncle had stayed as a child was an opportunity I have been very thankful for.”

Mrs Lancaster, also from Sheffield, got in touch with additional Titanic themed literature from the same period – memorabilia from her father’s days at the school.

She recalled of him talking about Mr Ball, the school’s headmaster who is mentioned in the piece.

 

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