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1961
  1. Bob in Consett

    An ambition to succeed

    Bob’s progress at school was hindered by a childhood accident and he left school with just one O’ Level. The baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as…

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    Bob revisits Consett and the site of Consett steelworks

    Bob’s progress at school was hindered by a childhood accident and he left school with just one O’ Level. The baby boom in the immediate aftermath of the war meant that there were twice as many people looking for work in 1961 and there was no prospect of him joining the local steelworks at Consett where his father worked. They were difficult times and being out of work had a significant and lasting impact on his life.

    Initially he had nowhere to turn and was unemployed for a year. That experience changed Bob’s outlook on life forever and gave him the driving ambition to change his life and succeed.

    He started by enrolling for evening classes four nights a week at Consett Technical College to further his education.

    He recalls, “It was a hard time in my life and I knew I never wanted to be unemployed or feel like that again. The experience had a profound effect on my life. I missed out on my youth and between the ages of 15 and 25 when all my friends were out every night, I was in studying.”

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1946
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    Consett born and bred

    Sir Bob Murray was born in Consett, Co Durham in August 1946. He was the only child of a fourth generation Sunderland mining family. His father Sydney was from Houghton le Spring, Sunderland and worked…

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    Bob revisits his childhood home at Consett

    Sir Bob Murray was born in Consett, Co Durham in August 1946. He was the only child of a fourth generation Sunderland mining family. His father Sydney was from Houghton le Spring, Sunderland and worked in Silksworth Colliery from the age of 14 but moved to Consett to get a job above ground in the steel works. His mother Elsie, was also originally from Houghton le Spring.

    Bob attended Consett Junior School until the age of 11 and Annfield Plain Secondary Modern School in Stanley until he was 15. His school reports at Annfield hinted of some potential in maths and art but his progress was hindered due to a childhood accident and Bob left school with just one O’ Level in Maths to his name.

    “My education was cut short by a childhood accident. I think it was the loss of my own school days, which so inspires me to help others achieve their educational goals. It really upsets me when I hear stories about wasted school years – everyone has a right to the best education.”

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