PUPILS were taken on a trip down memory lane as a South Tyneside school marked its 100th anniversary.
Hedworth Lane Primary School in Boldon Colliery first opened its doors in September 1913.
Back then it served children from the colliery’s pit families, but now it’s a thriving school with 315 kids from areas including West Boldon, Hedworth and Fellgate. In a bid to mark the special occasion, youngsters took a look back over the past 10 decades.
Headteacher Tony Gill said: “The children have really enjoyed themselves. I think it’s sparked a new interest in history, as we’ve had pupils asking their parents about all sorts of things, including who the likes of John Lennon was.
“We’ve also had a number of former pupils come back into school, the oldest has been a 76-year-old man who I showed round last week.
“We took him back to his old junior class, which he hadn’t seen since he was 11.”
As part of celebrations, the youngsters, with help from arts co-ordinator Joanna Scott and Dodgy Clutch Theatre, put on a show.
The younger children, who represented the present decade were paired with Year 6 “buddies” who were responsible for a year from when their school first opened.
Mr Gill said: “The children had a link to their partner, whether it be that they were born on the same day, lived in the same street or maybe they were related.
“All sorts of significant events were covered from the sinking of the Titanic, the launch of silent movies to the music of the ’20s.”
Staff now want to find their oldest former living student and they will be invited to a special past pupil event which is set to be held later in the year.
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