A Cambridgeshire primary school broke records with a bang at its annual fireworks display after raising more than £11,000.

Wisbech St Mary CofE Academy held its 42nd annual display on Saturday, November 6, with the sky over the school fields bursting with colour during the community celebrations.

Overall, the event raised £11,900 for the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) school.

This was the first time the school has been able to host the display since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with headteacher Jaynie Lynch saying it was “amazing” to see the community come together once again.

Miss Lynch hailed the event as the most successful in the school’s history, with the previous record figure standing at £8,000.

She said: “The kids absolutely loved it – and so did us oldies!

“It was a fantastic evening, especially in light of the bumper year we’ve had.

“We are a real community here – as a school we are all very close and it was a very tough time for us all to be apart for so long. It was great to see so many smiling faces again.

“I have never known a school or a village to have such a strong sense of community spirit like we do here in Wisbech St Mary.”

As well as the fireworks display, children were also treated to a host of fun games, from a coconut shy to a tombola and fairground rides.

A steam engine also attended for the evening, while officers from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were also on hand to join in the jubilations.

The funds raised will go directly back to the school, helping to provide children at Wisbech St Mary’s with everything they need for their learning.

Miss Lynch added: “The money is going to make a huge difference for our school, our children and our staff, especially after Covid.

“It will help our staff deliver everything they need to help our children and ensure they continue to receive the highest standards of education.

“I am so thankful for the school’s PTFA (parent teacher friends association) for all of the work they do. We couldn’t have done any of this without them.”

More information on the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust can be found on its website: www.demat.org.uk.