When Mereside Primary went Dutch

Mereside Primary School teacher Robin Thomson helps pupils pack a box for their Dutch exchange school with pupils in  March 1991. From left, Daniel Harris, Claire Green, Kelly Roberts and Michael Taylor.
Mereside Primary School teacher Robin Thomson helps pupils pack a box for their Dutch exchange school with pupils in March 1991. From left, Daniel Harris, Claire Green, Kelly Roberts and Michael Taylor.
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The official opening of Mereside Primary School’s £4m “rebuild” takes place on July 9 and ahead of that teachers are busy ensuring pupils know a thing or two about the establishment’s history.

The Langdale Road school was created in the 1950s from two church schools, St Paul’s and St Wilfrid’s.

But after more than 60 years of use the buildings were deemed no longer fit for purpose and with cash from the Government’s Primary Capital Programme, the massive project was undertaken.

Teacher Lauren Hollis says: “We have undergone a huge transformation at school this past 18 months, with a refurbishment and a new building attached to the familiar tower that has been Mereside Primary School for many years.

“I am after some help towards a project I am due to begin with my year six class of 10 and 11-year-olds at the start of June. I would be interested in old photographs from past pupils and any articles and information they can share about their time here.”

Readers who can help should e-mail admin@mereside.blackpool.sch.uk or ring (01253) 761531.

To start the ball rolling, here is a Gazette photograph from March 1991 when pupils were hoping to harvest tulips from Amsterdam with a few sticks of Blackpool rock! The youngsters, who lived in the shadow of Little Marton Windmill, sent a parcel of Blackpool goodies to Dutch windmill land in an effort to forge overseas links.

The stunt was part of an exchange set up between the school and one near Amsterdam by teacher Robin Thomson during a holiday.

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