Historic hurrah for hundredth birthday

Morpeth First School pupils enjoying a street party as part of the school centenary celebrations.  Watching Punch and Judy.

Morpeth First School pupils enjoying a street party as part of the school centenary celebrations. Watching Punch and Judy.

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A MORPETH school enjoyed a final hurrah to its centenary celebrations by hosting a mini street party.

Morpeth First School in Goosehill has marked its 100th birthday in style as it dedicated the last half-term of the academic year to the occasion.

Children learned all about their school’s history, tried out traditional arts and crafts, mastered old songs and music and trawled through county archives to find references to the school. But parents, teachers and support staff did not miss out and all joined in a range of fun activities, from dancing through the decades and Edwardian Music Hall performances to an Edwardian Summer Fair and Centenary Coffee Morning for local elderly residents.

There was a thanksgiving service at St George’s United Reformed Church, open days, historical displays, a family barbecue and jazz band performance. And the whole school dressed up in Edwardian costumes for a day trip to Beamish Museum in County Durham.

But the best was saved to last as the celebrations concluded with a street party finale in the school yard. There was bunting, banners and balloons galore, with traditional entertainment provided by Punch and Judy and a magician.

Guests helped to bury a time capsule and pupils played games in their Edwardian costumes, while the Mayor of Morpeth Phil Taylor called in to share in the fun. And as with all birthday parties, there was plenty of cake to go round.