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Chairman of Governors, Russell Dawson (far left) with the trowel originally used in 1910 to lay the foundation stone for the main school building with (from left) John Bridge, Andy Wilkinson, Gerry Tromp, David Ray, Simon Fulford-Brown and headmaster Douglas Walker.

Chairman of Governors, Russell Dawson (far left) with the trowel originally used in 1910 to lay the foundation stone for the main school building with (from left) John Bridge, Andy Wilkinson, Gerry Tromp, David Ray, Simon Fulford-Brown and headmaster Douglas Walker.

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THE official foundation stone for a school’s new sports hall has been laid.

The event at Kirkham Grammar School (KGS) saw the commemorative stone put down by chairman of governors Russell Dawson, with the trowel originally used in 1910 to lay the foundation stone for the main school building.

The development is due to be completed in November.

A new sports hall, weights facility and changing areas will add to the school’s floodlit all-weather surface and playing fields.

Headmaster Douglas Walker said: “We are very committed to developing our sporting facilities for boys and girls in line with the overall development plan for the school. These are exciting times at KGS and our commitment to the broadest education possible for our pupils is exemplified by this development and that of our new music centre which we have just occupied.

“There is no doubt this continued commitment both to a breadth of education and to on-going development are crucial in ensuring the school remains over-subscribed in these difficult economic times and when other independent schools are contracting.”

Also present at the laying of the stone was Simon Fulford-Brown, ex-chairman of Governors who has led the project and the representatives of the school’s partners in this venture, Melrose Construction and architect Croft Goode Associates.

Work on the project began in July.