Visitors call in as word spreads

MANY people have called in at Ferney Lee Primary School after hearing the building’s 100th birthday is approaching.

Former pupils and staff have visited the school, on Ferney Lee Road, to see how it has changed over the years and reminisce about their time there.

Relatives of Nobel Prize winner Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson, one of the building’s most famous alumni, also popped in to see where the famous chemist studied.

Headteacher Helen Hannah said: “Lots of people have been coming in with memorabilia and old photos.”

She said the centenary celebrations would involve not just the school, but the local community too.

“The school is at the heart of this part of Todmorden,” she said.

“We try to be really mindful of that and involve the community wherever possible.”

Mrs Hannah thanked all the staff, governors and parents for helping to plan the centenary events, and members of the local community for providing refreshments.

To mark the milestone, children have put together a time capsule which will be planted in the school grounds.

“In 100 years’ time, someone will dig it up and think ‘Gosh, is that what they used to do?’,” she said.