Egremont Primary School Celebrates 50TH Anniversary

Words by Rachael Grealish. Photos by Robert Haile

PUPILS and teachers of past and present came together to celebrate the Egremont primary school reaching 50.

All together now: Pupils and staff of past and present - including Mayor Mike Starkie and our own editor - came together to celebrate and relive the memories of the good ol’ days. Pictures by Robert Haile

All together now: Pupils and staff of past and present – including Mayor Mike Starkie and our own editor – came together to celebrate and relive the memories of the good ol’ days. Pictures by Robert Haile

St Bridget’s Roman Catholic Primary school celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday July 8, and hosted a colourful summer fete for all pupils and staff – past and present.

Hundreds turned out for the fete celebration – including some familiar faces such as former Head Teacher, Pam Douglas, who retired last year.

Both playground areas of the school were filled with stalls for games, food and even a board filled with photos supplied by past pupils and staff.

The photo board was a huge hit as the photos dated back to the late 60’s and showed images of when the school was staffed by nuns.

Among the past pupils that attended was Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie.

Mr Starkie attended the school between 1969 and 1975.

He said: “I’m delighted to see so many people come together to celebrate It’s a school I attended almost 50 years ago and I met kids here that I now have life-long friendships with. It’s always been a fantastic school – as you can tell with so many people here with such positive and happy memories of the place.”

The current St Bridget’s building opened in 1966 – but the school itself is much older.

St. Bridget’s School originally started out in Rafferty Lane in 1868.

It then moved to a red sandstone building, on the current site, in 1872.

The present St. Bridget’s School replaced the old sandstone one and was opened in 1966.

Christine Graham was a supply teacher at St Bridget’s for over 15 years. She said: “It was a wonderful place to work, it’s so supportive to pupils and really makes learning fun.”

Along with sharing memories the attendees were entertained by current school pupils, sharing their dancing and singing performances – as well as two DJ’s.

Current pupils not only enjoyed the inflatables and game stalls, but showed a clear excitement to see images of the school and pupils before their time on the photo board.

The fete celebration was hailed a huge success and the school now looks to the future with more exciting years ahead.

 

  • Guess who: Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie spotting all the familiar faces and recalling his memories at the school, which not only he, but also his children, attended in their youth.