Ruby Summer Fair at Parklands

EX-pupils and staff are being invited back for a reunion as a primary school prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a Ruby Summer Fair.

Parklands Community Primary School is urgently trying to contact past pupils and staff to invite them to the event and ask them to submit any photographs of their time at the school.

Taking place on Saturday, June 29, at the school from 1pm to 4pm, the afternoon’s entertainment includes stalls, a beer and Pimm’s tent and a visit from reptile and animal show specialists The Creature Teachers.

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The school’s emblem is Prickles the hedgehog, found on the doorstep by the head teacher during the school’s first term. In honour of him, there will also be a special ‘make a hedgehog’ competition, judged by local artist Annie Timothy.

Entries can be created using any medium and there are four entry categories: Pre-school, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and adults. Anyone wishing to enter a hedgehog should arrive by 1.20pm.

Gail McKimm, chairman of the Friends of Parklands School, said: “The 40th anniversary fair is going to be a very special occasion and we would love past pupils and staff to come along and join in the fun.

“We are also trying to create a montage of the school from its early days up to the present day.”

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In addition, on Thursday, June 27, there will be an open afternoon from 1.30pm.