A special centenary event has been held to mark 100 years since Burnham-On-Sea’s Princess Street School opened.
Over 100 people attended the event on Friday (June 19th), alongside children from the current Burnham Infants School and Burnham and Highbridge’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancock.
Somerset Skills & Learning – the current occupants of the centre – organised the event with Burnham Historical Society, who set up a pop-up museum featuring a display of historical photos and other items from the past century.
Members of the public who had attended the school before it moved to its current site in 1987 came along to re-visit the old site. They also swapped memories of the teachers, the classes and the school dinners.
“I was really impressed with the number of people who came and the energy in the room,” John Strickland, chair of Burnham Historical Society, told Burnham-On-Sea.com. “The children from the school were brilliant and really added to the celebration with their super songs and poems.”
Cllr Hancock, who represented the Town Council, helped to blow out the candles on the cake, alonsgide the children and current school headteacher of Burnham Infants School, Mrs Sadiq.
100 delicious cup cakes had been made especially by a learner at the Somerset Skills & Learning for the day. There were also activities for the children including a clue hunt, historical challenge and art event.
Those who attended the 100-year celebration included former students, the Deputy Mayor, and members of the History Society.
The centre in Princess Street remains a place of education with Somerset Skills & Learning providing a range of leisure and qualification classes.