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Half century celebrations at Ringshall

PUBLISHED: 20:12 25 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:10 03 March 2010

TREE planting, competitions, concert and fete were just some of the activities celebrating a Suffolk school's milestone year.

A week-long series of were held to mark Ringshall Primary School's 50th birthday, which drew past and present pupils and teachers from all over Britain and abroad.

TREE planting, competitions, concert and fete were just some of the activities celebrating a Suffolk school's milestone year.

A week-long series of were held to mark Ringshall Primary School's 50th birthday, which drew past and present pupils and teachers from all over Britain and abroad.

The 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, 7 Air Assault REME and RAF Search and Rescue from Wattisham planted trees at the school.

Also guest of honour was former pupil James Meldrum, 18, who will be attending the Royal College of Music in London in September. He unveiled the plaque commemorating 50 years which now stands pride of place outside the school.

A grand concert was held on Friday afternoon followed by a fete on Saturday in aid of the school where activities included stalls, football games, pony rides and grand draw.

Events spilled over to Saturday evening, with two marquees and a live band which was attended by over 250 past pupils and teachers.

Headteacher Sally Green, said: "It was an excellent turnout. People came back here from as far as Oman for the event and we also had people from all over Britain including Wales.

"It was a wonderful weekend, we never stopped."

The school's 180 pupils also had something to remember the occasion in years to come as they each presented with a medallion.

Another highlight was when Julia Shawe-Taylor, who is retiring as chariman of governors was presented with a bouquet by former pupil Jessica Nunn, whose grandmother was a deputy head teacher at the school.

Mrs Green said a big thank you to everyone including the county grounds service for making the grounds immaculate for the event and Mr Malcolm Manning who has looked after the building for years and came along to the occasion.

The event was also attended by Margaret Stockings, who was a school dinner lady for 35 years.

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