School’s first head passes away at 89

A former Ampthill headteacher and one third of a singing trio has died at the age of 89.

Harry Brunjes, who was one third of The Singing Scott Brothers, the tartan-clad, bonny melodists of the 1950s variety circuit, died earlier this year.

Following his singing career he went into teaching.

In the late 1960s he became the first headmaster of Alameda School in Ampthill, a flagship school of the time.

He had previously held the deputy headship at what was known as Putnoe Junior School for four years.

His son Harry said: “My father as a linguist became very interested in the growing multi-ethnic community of Bedford.

“I can remember as a family we were invited to Polish, Italian and Indian weddings which were all fascinating.”

Despite his teaching, Harry’s double life of show business continued. He personally produced, directed and was musical director for a generation of school shows, often bringing former show business friends back for a surprise appearance.

He also became the president of the local branch of the Headteachers’ Association and represented the county at all the national conferences.