A STOURBRIDGE primary school has held a special celebration event to mark its 70th birthday.

Gig Mill Primary School opened on November 29, 1952 – and 70 years on, pupils at the South Road school recreated parts of the original opening ceremony.

There were two special guests - ex-pupil Robert Watson, who helped plant a tree to mark the official opening in the 1950s, took a trip down memory lane and returned to his former school.

He was joined by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and official representative of the King, Dr Nick Venning.

Stourbridge News: Celebrations at Gig Mill Primary Celebrations at Gig Mill Primary (Image: Gig Mill School)

Headteacher Angela Hannaway said: “The children have been learning all about how different school life was in the 1950s – this has been massively helped by the use of original documents and photographs donated to us by ex-pupils and the local community.

"It has helped to make history real.

Stourbridge News: The school opened in 1952The school opened in 1952 (Image: Gig Mill Primary)

“Today the children recreated parts of the opening ceremony, including singing our school song.

“A celebration poem was written and performed by Poppy Taylor, one of the Year 4 pupils, who then helped our special guests to plant a new tree in the same way as they did 70 years ago.

“It was a very special day and we hope many more children enjoy coming to Gig Mill for many years to come, for future celebrations!”

Stourbridge News: The school when it opened The school when it opened (Image: Gig Mill Primary)