Delightful surprise for Wallace (Wally) Keay at Queens honour.


A retired lecturer who has spent almost 40 years advising on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has been honoured by the Queen.

Wallace Key, 65, a former potholer and a founder member of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue organisation has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order - an award that takes precedence over an OBE.

He received his award at Buckingham Palace for his work as an advisor and as the writer on the expedition section on the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

he was named in the new years honours list and rubbed shoulders at the Palace with other recipients like England Rugby Union captain Will Carling when he received his medal.

But, unlike the others Mr. Keay received a personal telegram of congratulations from Prince Philip.

"It was totally unexpected. I never thought it would happen to me but I was thrilled when it did" said Mr Keay who was a principle lecturer at the former Bingley and Ilkley Colleges.

Mr Keay late of Riddlesden Keighley has worked for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme since 1957. He is the national technical and safety advisor.

He worked for a number of years at the former Linton Special School, from its early beginning's.

This article is from 1992, sadly Wally passed away a couple of years ago. He was at Linton on the first occasion that I was a pupil with my brother Paul, probably around 1957/8.

I do not remember Wally from that time as I was too young, still am really, but my late brother Paul remembered him very well.

I believe after Linton he worked at Netherside Hall for a time as headmaster.

Picture shows Wally relaxing at the end of Dorm 1 (The old dorm 1 that is)


Children have Alpine Trip!

About 200 Bradford Children returning today to Linton Camp Residential School in Upper Wharfedale had a memorable journey today through scenes resembling an Alpine landscape!

Their convoy of four buses plus a baggage wagon nosed carefully past deep snow drifts between Skipton and Cracoe. in places the high winds had sculptured strange shapes out of the drifted snow.

"Super weather", said one smiling youngster!

Once the convoy had safely arrived back at the school Mr W Sternwhite, the headmaster, addressing the children in the newly painted assembly hall, promised sledging and snowballing, but please mind the windows! Then off the went to the dining hall for a substantial hot meal.

The school has been closed for major renovations for seven weeks which included rearranging dormitories and classrooms. By Wednesday the school will have again settled down to its ordered routine.


This clip is undated, but on the reverse mention is made of the then Lord Mayor of Bradford Alderman T I Clough, which would reliably date the piece to the exceptionally bad winter of 1947.

Wally Keay would have been at Linton at this time, and would have known just how bad the winter actually was.


Twin boys from Bolton journey to the camp. David and John Grunwell from Bolton could very well have been met on arrival at Linton by Wally.
The cases are nearly as big as the boys!