Happy birthday

Cotsford Junior School headteacher Beverley Jones with some of the hundreds of photographs of the school, its pupils and Horden.
Cotsford Junior School headteacher Beverley Jones with some of the hundreds of photographs of the school, its pupils and Horden.

HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a trip down memory lane when they helped a school to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Past pupils and staff went along to Cotsford Junior School, in Third Street, Horden, to mark the milestone since the school opened, on November 29, 1973.

Among the former pupils was ex-Hartlepool United star Brian Honour, who has been working with pupils and read out an inspirational passage which he wrote as an 11-year-old, on July 10, 1975.

It read: “My ambition is to be like my brother John and play for Hartlepool.”

There was also an opportunity to view old photographs of the school and Horden, as well as a chance to watch cine-film footage of Horden in the 1970s.

Brian even recognised himself in the footage.

The morning saw the general Horden community invited for a tour and a chance to view the photographs and memorabilia.

On the afternoon, former staff went along to the school, and these included former headteachers Keith Anderson, who retired last year after 22 years, and George Crowther, who was the original headteacher, from 1973-88.

Also there were ex-deputy heads Alan Gray and Bill Kirtley, ex-teachers Averil Adams, Mavin Anderson, Brian Wylie and Steve Lamb, former support teacher Sheila Baron, former school caretaker Irene Laidler and Christine Kincade, who has been school secretary for 25 years. There was also an assembly and refreshments.

Current headteacher Beverley Jones – the first female at its helm, who joined the school last September – said it was a huge success.

She added: “A huge thank you to all the staff and governors, the parent teacher association and pupils for all their hard work and everyone who attended the anniversary celebration and made it such a very special occasion.”

She said Brian Honour had proved to be a real inspiration in proving you can be whatever you want to be.