Children get taste of 1920s as Hartlepool school marks 90th anniversary

Lilly Sewell at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID
Lilly Sewell at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils were given a taste of the 1920s as a school marked its 90th anniversary in style.

St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School, in Loyalty Road, marked the milestone with a special day of events.

All dressed up and enjoying the party at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

All dressed up and enjoying the party at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

It also invited back former pupils and staff members to join in the celebrations.

Most of the current pupils came to school dressed in 1920s-style clothing, while they also took part in sports, games and activities synonymous with the era.

For headteacher Lynn Chambers, it was the perfect way to celebrate the school’s anniversary.

She said: “It was a really busy day, but a very fun one for everyone at the school.

It was absolutely lovely to see all of the children dressed up

Lynn Chambers

“It was absolutely lovely to see all of the children dressed up.

“We said to them that they could wear 1920s-style clothing, and I’d say about 95% of our 352 children did so.

“We had a Charlie Chaplin, chimney sweepers and all sorts.

“It was a great way to celebrate the anniversary, and everybody seemed to enjoy it.”

Pupils (left to right) Tia Queen, Sofia Jafray, Sophie Kay, Leonie Bolton, Kyra Hargadon and Katie Day at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils (left to right) Tia Queen, Sofia Jafray, Sophie Kay, Leonie Bolton, Kyra Hargadon and Katie Day at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, launched the event with a speech about the school, before 90 red balloons were released.

Throughout the game, the children took part in events and activities, with staff from Beamish Museum on hand to deliver a half-hour lesson to each class.

However, it was a lesson with a difference, with the children taught as if it was Victorian times.

There was also a Punch and Judy show put on in the school yard for the children to enjoy, while staff from the Haugh Gun Battery, in Hartlepool, giving a talk.

Dean Jenkins and Jack Mann in their flat caps at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Dean Jenkins and Jack Mann in their flat caps at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Mrs Chambers added: “We also had some 1920s-style cakes, and the children were all given a real feel as to what it was like in school back then.

“Lots of memorabilia were on display in the hall, as well as photographs from the era.

“There was also a coconut shy, and a memory bank for people to share their memories of St Aidan’s.

“It was great to be able to welcome back former staff and pupils, as well as members of the community, who were able to reminisce about the last 90 years.

“It all contributed to a great day, and the big bonus was that the rain stayed away.”

Pupils (left to right) Bryn Hargadon, Isaac McMahon, Matthew Lester, Alfie Austwick, Alfie Jaques and Charlie Guffick with teacher Ray Wetharleyat the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Pupils (left to right) Bryn Hargadon, Isaac McMahon, Matthew Lester, Alfie Austwick, Alfie Jaques and Charlie Guffick with teacher Ray Wetharleyat the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

(centre left to right) Headteacher Lynn Chambers, The Bishop pf Durham Paul Butler at the vicar at St Aidans Church Father Leon Rodgers a they let the balloons go at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

(centre left to right) Headteacher Lynn Chambers, The Bishop pf Durham Paul Butler at the vicar at St Aidans Church Father Leon Rodgers a they let the balloons go at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Former pupil Eileen Foreman looking at photographs from her time at the school during the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

Former pupil Eileen Foreman looking at photographs from her time at the school during the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

A photograph on show at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

A photograph on show at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

A photograph on show at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID

A photograph on show at the St. Aidans Primary school 90th birthday celebrations. Photograph by FRANK REID