Deceased 21st June 2016
Lists of names on the Honours’ Boards are a focal point for visitors to the Boys’ School as this helps to refresh memories of team and class mates. On the Heads of School Board is the name of Donald Peter Iddon, who preferred to be called Peter. During his time as a pupil, both his personal qualities for potential leadership and sporting prowess were identified. In addition to being voted Head of School he was also Head of House.
To describe him as ‘a good all-rounder’ perhaps does not do him justice. His talents and contribution to school life are better appreciated by sharing some of his achievements: 1st XV Colours, 1st XI Colours, Athletics Half Colours, the Fay Challenge Cup (Open 200m), Holmes Cup (shared) for best all-rounder, the Dawburn Prize for Integrity, the Alty Cup (for greatest contribution to rugby, cricket and athletics) and a Mellor Essay commendation. He was also a Sergeant in the Army Section of the CCF and Chairman of the Sixth Form Union. The illustrations show Peter with his rugby and cricket team mates as they appear in The Crosbeian magazine and the word ‘excellent’ is used with regularity in descriptions of his bowling and rugby talent.
Peter gained a degree in Physical Education and Sports Sciences from Loughborough Colleges. His sporting credentials extended beyond school. He played rugby for Waterloo, Loughborough Colleges and Worcester Rugby Club and cricket for English Universities and 2nd X1 for Lancashire. He represented the UAU in both sports.
Peter’s career was spent undertaking a variety of roles at The King’s School Worcester. As you would expect, he was very involved in sport here, as Master in Charge of Cricket and Coach of various rugby XVs, as well as for a time, the U14 Basketball Team. Over the years he had various responsibilities including 4th Form Tutor, Head of Boys’ Games, Housemaster of Hostel House, Special Needs coordinator ….. he was an enormously influential figure at The King’s School. He has been described, by a colleague, as a true ‘Schoolmaster’. He wasn’t one for the latest fad or piece of technology preferring ‘to fulfil his duties in the classroom with a commitment and application that never faltered’. He spent countless hours at the playing fields where he was possibly at his happiest. He was also an inspirational teacher of English, very much a traditionalist, believing that language should be cherished and respected.
Peter, with his much loved wife, Anita, and children Kate and Harry, ran Hostel House at The King’s School for eight years and Choir House in the last year of boarding. He did this with firmness, fairness and emotional intelligence which made these Boarding Houses happy places to be. His great organisational skills were put to use in arranging sporting and cultural activities for both the sports teams and the boarders.
A friend and colleague described him as ‘a true gentlemen’. ‘He was a man of complete integrity who believed that there were proper ways to behave and it was important to instill those values in our pupils’. He was witty, kind and had a great sense of loyalty.
‘Pete was simply one of the nicest people that you could ever hope to meet’.
He passed away peacefully on 21st June 2016.
With thanks to Peter’s colleagues at The King’s School, Worcester, whose words and detail of Peter’s adult life have contributed to this article.