Anchorsholme Academy marks 50 years with gala celebration

Anchorsholme Academy held a reunion party to celebrate its 50th birthday. The school choir sing Englebert Humperdinck's song The Last Waltz, which was number one when the school opened.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 29-9-2017
Anchorsholme Academy held a reunion party to celebrate its 50th birthday. The school choir sing Englebert Humperdinck's song The Last Waltz, which was number one when the school opened. PIC BY ROB LOCK 29-9-2017
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Anchorsholme Academy marked its 50th anniversary with a gala celebration.

Visitors were treated to a rendition of Englebert Humperdinck’s The Last Waltz, which was number one when the school first opened in 1967, by the academy choir.

Singer and former pupil Georgia Markham also performed on stage on Friday evening, after head girl Carlota Pascual-Simpson gave a welcome speech.

Past and present pupils and parents were able to view an exhibition of memorabilia, while Gail Feeney – who was one of the school’s first cohort half a century ago – cut a ribbon in the same doorway as the original official opening.

It was hoped Corrie star and former Anchorsholme pupil Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt, would attend, but headteacher Graeme Dow said she was unable to make it due to filming commitments elsewhere.