Death of former head of Hospital School in Great Yarmouth at 91

Basil Littleproud, who has died.

Basil Littleproud, who has died. - Credit: Submitted by Dick King

A man who was a science teacher, deputy head and later head of the Hospital School in Great Yarmouth has died at the age of 91.

Basil Littleproud was born and educated in Yarmouth and he spent all his long teaching career in the town after his service in the RAF.

He was an inspirational teacher who believed that experience was the best way to learn and he put this into action both in his teaching and his work with teenagers in out-of-school activities.

He conducted many trips to the Peak District – walking, camping and orienteering and was a major instigator of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme in the town. A keen sailor, he introduced many students to the enjoyment of dinghy sailing.

In 1959 he introduced annual expeditions to Scroby Sands, initially with the co-operation of the Great Yarmouth Amateur Radio Club, of which he was an enthusiastic member.


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His Hospital School party of boys carried out surveys of the island using a combination of triangulation, levelling and magnetic traverse which were then submitted to the Admiralty.

Soon, senior girls also joined the parties who then surveyed and logged the wildlife of the Sands and actually produced and printed the 'Scroby Times' on the island itself.

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Always interested in anything new Mr Littleproud quickly adapted to computers and soon learned the language needed and the technical know-how of how they worked. He set up websites on sailing and garden plants.

In his retirement he also joined Grapevine, the Great Yarmouth Talking Newspaper, as a valued engineer and remained so until quite recently.

He was much respected by his colleagues and the many pupils he taught.

The funeral will take place at Gorleston Crematorium on Tuesday, August 8 at 1.30 pm.

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