A Cambridgeshire village was in full voice as it celebrated the 150th birthday of its school alongside a famous face.
Former Oakington Church of England Primary School pupil and Blue Peter presenter Liz Barker was among the guests to attend the school’s anniversary celebrations on Friday, September 24.
Liz, who covered stories around the world for the BBC show in the early 2000s, said: “It has been amazing to come back to my old primary school and see everyone forty years later.
“It has brought back so many wonderful memories, I’ve really enjoyed seeing old faces again.
“In a small village like this, you find the school really is the heart of the village. So many generations grow up here and you’ll find that children went to the same school as their grandparents.
“It is such a lovely feeling of continuation – having such a beautiful school here makes Oakington a wonderful place to grow up in.”
Children at the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) school were treated to a week of festivities to mark the momentous occasion, including by dressing up through the decades from the 1870s onwards.
Pupils started the Friday celebrations by exhibiting old pictures of the school, before burying a time capsule and hosting a fancy dress catwalk show.
Former pupils and teachers were also invited to share their memories, while the current school staff were also on hand to put on a BBQ for guests after the school day finished.
Other celebrations included the school’s choir singing an 150th birthday song, a bouncy castle, and the unveiling of an anniversary quilt.
Liz, who attended the school in the 1980s, planted a tree to mark the occasion and was on hand to open the school’s quiet garden, funded through the Tesco “blue chip” charity scheme.
Headteacher, Nathan Clark, added: “It has been brilliant celebrating all that is great about our school and the village we love.
“Oakington Primary plays such an important role in village life and it has been great to see former pupils celebrating among our current year groups.
“This has been a fantastic day out and I’m so happy everyone has enjoyed themselves. Here is to the next 150 years.”
More information on the school and DEMAT can be found here.