School march back to the future

A school has celebrated its 80th year with an historic march. Pupils from Wilshere-Dacre Junior School in Hitchin held a birthday party and a parade through town to the school s former site on Friday. The whole school walked to the British Schools Museu

A school has celebrated its 80th year with an historic march.

Pupils from Wilshere-Dacre Junior School in Hitchin held a birthday party and a parade through town to the school's former site on Friday.

The whole school walked to the British Schools Museum to commemorate the journey made by the first Wilshere-Dacre pupils who moved furniture and books from their old Queen Street School to the new buildings on Fishponds Road in 1929.

And the celebrations continued on Saturday when the school hosted a reunion party for hundreds of ex-pupils.


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Headteacher Susan Sheffield said: "The whole two day event was fantastic. We had a big street party on Friday and then 220 pupils paraded through town. Twenty-five volunteers were at the museum dressed up in the clothes of the time and talked to the children about what happened 80 years ago.

"On Saturday we had three hundred people here. We had pupils who were in the first class in 1929, an ex head and 10 or 20 staff members. At one point they were queuing down the street!

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