THEY say your school days are the happiest time of your life – and this Poulton pensioner certainly agrees.
In fact Dennis Tofts has such fond memories of his years at Baines School – he returned to the classroom to celebrate a landmark birthday.
When he turned 90 last month, he asked friends and family to pay to attend his party instead of giving him a present.
He then gave all the money raised to his former school in recognition of the happy times he spent there between 1933 and 1938.
And to thank Mr Tofts, he was invited back for a special birthday treat.
He visited a creative design exhibition and was treated to a musical performance from Year Nine students.
At lunchtime, he was invited to the school refectory with governors, staff and pupils and was given a slap-up lunch. As an extra surprise, he was also presented with a cake and pupils’ sang happy birthday.
Deputy headteacher Carol Robinson, from the Highcross Road school, said: “Everyone at Baines wishes Dennis continued health and happiness and thanks him most sincerely for his donation.
“It was not only Dennis who enjoyed his visit, the pupils also said how much they’d enjoyed the opportunity to meet with one of Baines’ long standing former pupils.
“The money raised at the party will go towards activities which directly benefit a young person’s school experience.”
Mr Tofts was presented with a wooden shield inscribed with his birthday and a card.