Back to the classroom for centenary event

Former Trimdon Grange primary school pupils Billy Purvis and Alan Graham pictured reminiscing with partners Freda Purvis(left) and Marion Graham during the exhibition at the school.
Former Trimdon Grange primary school pupils Billy Purvis and Alan Graham pictured reminiscing with partners Freda Purvis(left) and Marion Graham during the exhibition at the school.
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A SCHOOL stepped back in time when it opened up its doors to past pupils to mark its centenary.

Trimdon Grange Primary School, in Salter’s Lane, Trimdon Grange, held a three-day exhibition to mark its 100th birthday.

A host of memorabilia, including photographs, the school’s original plaque, school logbooks, prizes, football medals, school reports and pictures of the area were on display during an exhibition opened up to former pupils.

Ex-pupils aged up to their 90s visited their old classrooms and shared their memories of their school days.

School headteacher Catherine Worton said: “We had a brother and sister called Billy and Annie Jefferson, who are now in their 80s and live in Spennymoor who came to visit.

“They used to live in the house next door to the school.

“He went to school in 1934 and she went to school in 1936 and they told us stories about climbing over the wall to get to school rather than walking round.

“They told us about a Mr Botcherby, their headmaster, who used to send them back over the wall.

“They could also remember the evacuees coming during the war.”

Ms Worton added that William Robson, who attended the school from 1935 to 1939, could remember painting a mural of a knight on horseback on a school wall.

And a Mr Rose, who lives in Trimdon Village, told staff and pupils how he played for the school football team, which won everything in one season in the 1950s.

Ms Worton said: “It’s been absolutely lovely. “The visitors think the school has changed completely.

“One lady walked past a window and said she remembered breaking it with a football and getting the cane from a Mr Standish.”

She added: “It just shows the wonderful rich history behind the current modern school and how much of a strong community connection there is.

“The children also enjoyed talking to our visitors.”

The centenary celebrations continue on Wednesday, July 6, from 1.30pm, when the school will hold an outdoor street party-style concert in which pupils will be singing songs through the decades and all are welcome.