Memories of a school baby boom which made national headlines

English teacher Trish Evans admitted it was a shock when the Sun newspaper rang 25 years ago to do a feature on Holy Cross's 'baby boom.'
English teacher Trish Evans admitted it was a shock when the Sun newspaper rang 25 years ago to do a feature on Holy Cross's 'baby boom.'

English teacher Trish Evans admitted it was a shock when a national newspaper rang 25 years ago to do a feature on Holy Cross Catholic High School’s ‘baby boom.’

Seven teachers at the Chorley school all became pregnant within a year of each other in 1990 and it led to national head-lines.

“At the time it was exciting to have friends expecting babies with you. You could share your fears and worries as well as ideas with the others”

Then deputy headteacher Eddie Morton

They were RE teacher Helen Hoffman, maths teacher Mary Lawson, art teacher Ruth Kidd, another art teacher Anne Fairclough, Home Economics tutor Vanessa Farnworth, RE’s Catherine Shepherd and Trish herself.

“Out of the seven in the photograph featured in The Sun, I know there were definitely four boys and two girls,” said Trish who still works at the school with Cath Shepherd and Anne Fairclough.

“What people also did not know at the time was that, as well as the female staff being expectant, there were at least three male staff whose wives were also expecting so it was a real baby boom.

“There were approximately 10 or 11 babies born to current staff in that year and additional staff who joined us later amounting to about 14 babies.

“There was also one teacher who came in as cover staff for one of those on maternity leave and she became pregnant so there was definitely something in the water!

“At the time it was exciting to have friends expecting babies with you.

“You could share your fears and worries as well as ideas.

“For some of us, it was a first child.

“For others, it was their second child and in one case their fourth child so we had youngest and oldest children.

“I know the head teacher got a call from The Sun asking if they could run a feature and it was all a bit of a giggle to be honest.”

In the original article, deputy headteacher Eddie Morton said: “It’s got to the point where we dreaded our women staff coming to see us in case they were about to announce that another baby was on the way.”

However, this is perhaps not a politically correct thing to be saying this day and age!

Trish is still in contact with five of the ladies from the photograph and says there are a mixture of occupations from Holy Cross’s baby boom.

She told Flashback: “One of them is now a doctor, and then there is a charity fund-raiser manager and others have moved into retail management, sports management, hotel and leisure management.

“It’s just really nice looking back at that time as our children then all grew up together.”