Arrival at Mirfield
In those days the train journeys were very long. My memory was that the train journey from Glasgow to Leeds lasted for 7 hours.
It was the start of a great adventure. I remember it was a very sunny and hot day (aren’t all your favourite days that way?).
Some of the parents came down to drop us off. We were in one compartment of the train and they were in the one next door.
I remember arriving at the bus stop called ‘Robin’ presumably called after Robin Hood who was supposed to have had some connection with the area.
The place was even better than Fr. Tavano had described. It was in quite a few acres of ground. There was a woods – or a Copse as they called it. There was three different football pitches. There was a Grotto to our Lady on the lawn with Primula all around.
There was Fr. Cerea’s garden where he grew all sorts of flowers and vegetables.
There was a Recreation room where you could play Table Tennis, Snooker, Billiards, Chess or Draughts.
And to cap it all it was where the Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne went to school.
This really was different from Greenock. This really was like a holiday camp. It was going to be fantastic. We were now living in a really great place and we were going to become priests and go to Africa to teach the natives about God at the end of it.
Little did we realise that the holiday camp would turn out more like a prison camp.
After our parents had departed on the first day I asked one of the 2nd year boys if we could have a look around outside and perhaps go down to the local town.
We were not allowed to leave the grounds. There was a wall about four feet high surrounding The College.
It might as well have been 40 feet.