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These Dale Hall kids are no mugs

PUBLISHED: 18:26 28 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:00 03 March 2010

A SPECIALLY-MADE golden jubilee keepsake will be handed to children at an Ipswich school – thanks to the Evening Star.

Ten parties in the Ipswich area have won a share of the £5,000 pot we have offered in association with British Gas and the party at Dale Hall Community Primary School is gearing up to be one of the best.

A SPECIALLY-MADE golden jubilee keepsake will be handed to children at an Ipswich school – thanks to the Evening Star.

Ten parties in the Ipswich area have won a share of the £5,000 pot we have offered in association with British Gas and the party at Dale Hall Community Primary School is gearing up to be one of the best.

PTA chairman of the Ipswich school, Suzanne Collis said their celebrations would now always be remembered for winning their share of the Star's jubilee kitty.

"All the money kindly donated from the Star will be spent on special mugs for the children. The mugs have Dale Hall written on one side and the jubilee logo on the other" she said.

"I think this sort of thing is really important as the day is something for the children to remember when they are older. We've had 500 mugs made, one for each child, at a cost of £500.

"We've not had to worry about finding that extra thing for the children. Without the Star money we would have struggled to find any meaningful item they could keep."

Keepsake aside, this Thursday's party should definitely be one for the children to remember.

The school has three themes for the day, with children paying money to wear either something gold, something red, white and blue or something from the last 50 years. They can come dressed as anything from a sixties hippy to a seventies punk to an eighties yuppie – whatever they want.

Getting right into the party spirit will be headteacher Alison Beckett who will be in fancy dress.

Children will spend the morning making their own Union Flag and drawing a selection of vintage cars from the 1950s, which will also be at the school on the day.

During a packed lunch, children will be joined by their parents at the school and music will be provided by the quintet, Ipswich Over 50s.

Suzanne said the event promises to be full of colour and they're certainly not short of red, white and blue items.

"There is an exhibition at the school showing photos of Ipswich 50 years ago and there will be a gramophone for the children to see. There will also be loads of bunting – we put an appeal out to help us with bunting and we have been given all the bunting which used to used at the Ipswich Carnival!"

Let's hope the sun shines on Thursday and Dale Hall have a day to remember.


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