Former Lancaster Royal Grammar School history teacher Brian Salmon dies

Brian Salmon.
Brian Salmon.
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A former history teacher at Lancaster Royal Grammar School has passed away, just weeks after one of his colleagues also died.

Brian Salmon spent more than 30 years at LRGS, working with John Lea, whose death we reported recently.

Educated at Reading School and at St John’s College, Oxford, Brian joined the staff at LRGS in 1963, retiring in 1994.

John Fidler, another former history teacher at LRGS, said: “He was an inspiring teacher, much admired by his pupils, who found his lessons a blend of solid scholarship and good humour.

“He had little patience with directives from mandarins in Whitehall or County Hall, and in the later years found the increased paperwork and box-ticking got in the way of real education.”

Brian’s funeral was held at St John’s Church, Sandylands, where he had sung in the choir for more than 40 years, and it followed the strict instructions he had left.

There was no valediction (“no trips down memory lane”, as he put it) but a simple service according to the Book of Common Prayer with a reading and hymns.

A large congregation included friends, family and current and former members of staff and pupils at LRGS, and was followed by a committal at Lancaster & Morecambe crematorium.