A CHESTER school has a special anniversary this year and it is looking for past pupils to share in the celebrations.
The Firs School, which was founded in 1945 by Florence Longman, has been at its current location at 45 Newton Lane for 50 years and alumni of the independent primary school are invited to join in a weekend of festivities from June 29 to July 1.
The weekend begins on Friday with a performance of the musical Cinderella Rockafella by Year 6 pupils.
On Saturday, there will be a 1960s-themed dinner dance in a marquee at the school and on Sunday there will be a special service of thanksgiving and celebration.
During the service Rev Ted Longman, son of the founder, will tell the history of the school and afterwards guests will enjoy a tea party.
The weekend will also see the launch of the Firs School Bursary Fund.
This old school photograph, taken in 1963, is one of the oldest photographs of the school.
Mrs Longman is the teacher in the centre of the photograph with glasses and dark hair and Rev Longman is standing on the left.
Currently chairman of Firs Education Ltd, Rev Longman will retire at the end of this school year and hand over to his son Tim.
Headteacher Margaret Denton, said: “We are hoping that the word gets out and old friends contact us. It would be lovely to welcome them to our celebrations and to show them the many developments that have occurred over the years.”
For more information on the weekend visit www.firsschool.net/alumni.
If you have any memorabilia, photographs or memories of The Firs School, contact the school via the website or telephone 01244 322443.
Rev Longman is writing a history of The Firs School beginning in 1904 with the birth of his mother Florence. To order a copy please send a minimum donation of £5 (cheques payable to Firs Education Ltd) to the school office at 45 Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 2HJ. Money raised will go towards the bursary fund and you will receive your book by the end of August.