Travelling back in time to start centenary year

Castle Hill School children dressed in Edwardian costume for the launch of their centenary celebrations
Castle Hill School children dressed in Edwardian costume for the launch of their centenary celebrations

Children and staff travelled back in time and recreated an Edwardian parade to launch their school’s centenary celebrations.

Castle Hill Primary School, Todmorden, held a day of celebrations on Friday to mark 100 years since it was officially opened on March 15, 1913.

Pupils and staff dressed in Edwardian costume for a special screening of two Laurel and Hardy silent movies at the Hippodrome Theatre, organised by Electric Palace Cinema, before parading along Halifax Road back to the school waving banners they had created for the occasion.

Headteacher Janet Leggett said it was a great day.

“It went really well,” she said. “The children absolutely loved it.”

When they returned after the parade, which followed the same route as the one held in 1913 to mark the school’s opening, pupil Holly-Beth Hudson cut a ribbon outside the gates to officially launch the centenary year.

Each class tucked into a 100th birthday cake during the afternoon, and a special assembly was also held.

The banners made by the children are now on display in school and a series of further celebratory events are planned throughout the year.

During lessons, pupils have been learning about the history of the school and the town.

Janet said they especially liked looking at the school’s punishment book and hearing the story of a boy who got his hand stuck down the toilet.

Looking ahead, the school will be holding a centenary summer fair on July 14, focusing on fashion and music throughout the decades.

A memories afternoon has been organised in the summer term when former pupils and staff will be coming into school to talk to the children about what lessons were like in their day.

Janet thanked everybody who has contributed to planning the centenary events.

“Thank you to everybody who has got in touch,” she said.

“If anybody else would like to contact us, please do.”

Anybody with memories of Castle Hill Primary School over the years who would like to be involved with the upcoming centenary events is invited to call the school on 01706 813163.