I am very sorry to
report the death today (26th October, 2001)
of ex PGGS pupil Judith Flanagan. Judith was at
PGGS between 1966 and 1973.
With a small group of others, Judith
and I 'hung around' the streets of Rainhill as
fourteen year olds in the Autumn of 1968. Bad
weather and our painful adolescent shyness caused
us to drift apart. We met up about ten years ago
and had a great laugh about it all. We caught up
on the numerous events and experiences of the
intervening years. She told me all about her very
challenging job working with girls at Briars Hey
Sadly, more recently Judith has been
battling against metastatic breast carcinoma.
She was tremendously courageous throughout
her numerous forms of treatment. She studied the
disease and volunteered for any new type of
chemotherapy which might have given a chance of
remission or cure.
I last saw her seven weeks ago. She
had developed more very distressing secondaries.
Despite this she was in good spirits and was
She was particularly cheered by the
black humour of one her ex work mates. Referring
to the radiotherapy treatment to the brain
she was about to have her friend had
'reassured' her with the observation
that " you're so intelligent Judith
that even if they knock off half your
brain you'll still be a genius". By then she
was fully aware that she was dying and her
ability to find and enjoy humour in the situation
is testament to her stoicism and bravery.
Unfortunately the treatments have not been
successful and sadly Judith passed away today.