FORMER pupils from the past five decades joined current youngsters in a church procession as a town primary school celebrated its 50th birthday.
Past pupils at St John Vianney RC Primary School, Hartlepool, got the chance to turn back time when they were invited into school to help celebrate the special occasion.
They joined the current pupils in five separate processions to the nearby St John Vianney Church for a mass to mark the anniversary yesterday morning.
From the church it was then back to the school, in King Oswy Drive, as former teachers joined students from the last 50 years to share their fantastic memories.
Others who have worked or studied at St John Vianney are now invited into the school to share and record their own happy memories, and help to create a sound archive, which will be kept in the school for many years to come.
John Hardy, headteacher at the school, said: “It was an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate this special occasion.
“Our current children loved it, and we had a great response from former pupils who were keen to play a part.
“It was lovely to see our current and former pupils together to mark the 50th jubilee.”
Mr Hardy joined the school in 2000 and worked as a deputy head while Margaret Wilson was head until he got promoted four years later.
And Mrs Wilson was one of the former members of staff who joined in with the celebrations yesterday.
“After mass everyone came back to the school for refreshments and they were all in full flow talking about their own memories which was really nice.
“We still have more planned to mark the occasion and we are now launching the sound archive so we would encourage all former students and members of staff to call into school and record their own memories.”