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Bee Gee Barry Gibb in emotional return to former Manchester home and school

30 september 2013:

The last of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb, has made an emotional return to the childhood haunts where he first learned to sing with his late brothers.
The 67-year-old sat on the steps of the semi-detached house in Keppel Road, Chorlton, where he spent hours perfecting harmonies with Maurice and Robin in the 1950s.

Barry also visited Oswald Road Primary School, where all three brothers were pupils, and delighted staff and children by touring the classrooms and inspecting building work.
He took his trip down memory lane after a triumphant solo concert at Manchester's Phones4U Arena on Sunday night.

On his way into the classroom, he stopped to sign autographs and shake hands with the children who were chanting his name as he got out of his car, and he also answered some of their questions.
One pupil asked whether he used to have school dinners or a packed lunch back in the day – to which he replied that he took a packed lunch of sugar sandwiches.

Barry also brought along three of his grandchildren and the school welcomed them by decorating desks with roses and organising a little concert for the Gibb clan.
Caleb Bell, eight, of class 4KB, said: “Our headmistress, Miss Howard, showed him around the school and all the changes
“We all went in – some people sat on benches and other people sat on the floor. Barry and his grandchildren went to the front of the hall and he said it was nice to be back at his old school.
“Miss Howard told Barry that we were all going to sing songs and he might recognise them. So my class started singing Massachusetts and Barry sang along too.
“Then my sister's class started singing How Deep is Your Love.”

The school is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, due to be completed by 2017 and increasing the capacity of the three form entry school to include a 65-place nursery.
The visit marked the unveiling of the early years extension, which includes two new classrooms for children of reception age.

Barry is the last surviving musical Gibb brother following the death of brother Robin in May 2012 after a fight with cancer.
Robin died nine years after his twin Maurice died of complications from surgery for a twisted intestine. Their younger brother Andy – who had a solo music career - died in 1988, aged just 30, from heart failure following a viral infection.

After visiting the school, Barry went to the house in Keppel Road where he grew up with his brothers before the family emigrated to Australia in 1958.
He posed for pictures on the steps with his wife Linda.


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