Bispham Primary School opens gates for its annual gala

Community spirit was clear for all to see when a Bispham primary school opened its gates for its annual gala.

Monday, 9th July 2018, 3:47 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:56 pm
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School in Bispham held a memorial service and gala day. Crocheted poppies and medals for sale with L-R: Elaine Rushton, Elliot Evans and Gill Dowling. PIC BY ROB LOCK 24-6-2018

Families, staff and members of the local community gathered at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, on Devonshire Road, for a day of reflection and activities.

This year’s gala commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War and a century since the formation of the Royal Air Force.

A mass was held at the neighbouring St Bernadette’s Church followed by a parade by children dressed in red, white and blue to the school playground.

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Denise Duke, senior family support worker and chairman of the Home School Association, which organised the event, said: “A mass was held in church and then the children took part in a parade to the playground where there was a service to remember the fallen and the end of the First World War.

“It was a really nice event, full of community spirit.

“Our nursery and church were involved so it really brought everyone together.

“And we raised more than £2,000 for school funds which is the best we have done for a couple of years.

“We always have a theme so this year we decided to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and the formation of the Royal Air Force.”

A standard bearer from South Fylde RAF Association attended along with former and current service personnel.

Denise added: “There were donkey rides, a bouncy castle, tombolas and raffles. We also had a barbecue and refreshment stall as well as hook-a-duck and an assault course.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the gala and helped to set it up and run it.”