Adrienne was born in Tynemouth in 1947. Adrienne is second generation English on her father's side and 3rd generation English on her mother's. She did her degree in Leeds, trained as a teacher and then taught in Liverpool before returning to Newcastle. She was Headteacher of the Jewish Day School, later called the King David School, in Jesmond and then in Gosforth for twelve years. She played a key role in running Maccabi for over 30 years.
Adrienne was interviewed by Anita Wan on 16 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 44 minutes.
I was born in 1947, August. My brother was born in 1950, by which time my dad, as I say was a solicitor, was qualified and he became very successful, my father. My mum worked with him in the firm at the beginning. Then she had us and did mainly voluntary work after that. For various Jewish charities. She also became a magistrate and was a magistrate until the retiring age of magistrates which was seventy.
I went to La Sagesse School from the age of five right the way through till nearly nineteen. I adored it. At that stage, it wasn't that long after the war, you see, in 1952 I went to school. I would have probably been the only Jewish child in our local state school. And you know, there was an atmosphere of fear still and nerves, you know, which is why a lot of us went to private school even though the parents found it very tough. But they were that, they were very nervous. You know, after Nazi Germany and all the rest of it. So I went Las Sagesse, a cousin went to Church High, you know, went to various places.
I was very happy at school. I loved my school, my best friends at school were not Jewish but I also had good crowd of friends who were Jewish.
There used to be a kosher dining room, like a kosher canteen, next door to the Jesmond Synagogue where all the schoolgirls, schools around the area, we used to go down there at lunchtime. We used to get the bus down, have our lunch down there come back again because obviously school dinners weren't kosher.
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