Celebrating life at much-loved Fleetwood primary

David Pook and daughter Bethany Pook view the exhibition at Shakespeare School Primary School.
David Pook and daughter Bethany Pook view the exhibition at Shakespeare School Primary School.

Shakespeare Primary School celebrated its 80th anniversary in style this week.

The Manor Road school, which has seen generations of Fleetwood children pass through its doors, held a 
special outdoor service to mark the occasion.

Guests of honour were past pupil and now Mayor of Wyre Coun Ron Shewan and Mayoress Brenda Shewan, along with Ted and Vera Rawlinson, who were the first pupils at the school when it opened in 1934.

Headteacher Susan Bartlett said: “As well as our guest of honour, James Wright, our school advisor came, as well as our chairman of governors Neil MacSymons and Lynne Atkinson, chairman of Friends of Shakespeare.

“Lynne brought along a box of badges with the date 1934-2014. She handed them out to every pupil, member of staff and former pupils as a 
memento of the day.

“We have also had a Shakespeare flag made and hoisting it were the eldest pupil Mia McIver and the youngest 
Taylor Banks.

“Some of our past pupils had written their memories, which were read out by our Year 6 pupils.”

“One pupil wrote how, during the winter months, their parents would bring hot chocolate and pass it to their children through the school gates. Mr Rawlinson also recalled how, on his first day, his mum shouted after him to watch the horse and carts on his way to school.”

During the afternoon, past pupils and visitors were able to view a gallery of memories, press cuttings, photographs and old admission books.

Past pupil David Pook, 49, was looking at the exhibition with daughter Bethany Pook, 11, who attends the school. He said: “I’ve been back to the school a few times already but going back the first time in 30 years was an amazing feeling.

“This exhibition is really interesting and my mum, Irene, also attended the school back in the 1930s.”