The Teaching Awards National
Ceremony, hosted by Carol Smillie, was held at
the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in November, 2001.
Ex-Prescot Girls Grammar pupil and renowned
actress Sue Johnston [nee Wright] was presenting
one of the awards on the night.
Sue commented, "I admire
teachers but I couldnt be one. Kids can be
cruel. The best teachers are strong and can
control a class. Parents must take some of the
blame for poor behaviour. I remember lots of my
old teachers - one in particular, who had cast me
in my first play, The Tinderbox. As I
lay on the floor, playing the witch, and people
were laughing, I knew I had found the job I
wanted to do." Well, the rest is history and
yet there was still a big suprise on the night
for this warm-hearted actress.