QUARRY Bank Primary School is holding a series of celebration events to mark the end of an era.

The High Street school is to be demolished this summer to make way for a brand new state-of-the-art primary - currently being built which will take learning in Quarry Bank into the 21st century.

And to commemorate the old school’s place in the town's history - staff have organised a series of events for anyone interested in having a last look around the building which dates back to 1935.

They will be held on Monday March 21 from 1.45pm to 3pm, on Tuesday March 22 from 10.45pm to midday and on Wednesday March 23 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

A spokesman for the school said: "The current premises built in 1935 have served the community well, seen many faces - staff, pupils, visitors and friends - and many notable times - World War II, the swinging 60s, the decline of the steel works and the rise of Merry Hill and consumerism - but the time has come to say goodbye before the building is demolished this coming summer."

Free tea and home made cake will be served at the daytime celebrations and there will be a light finger buffet served at the evening celebration.

Staff will give guided tours of the building and in the daytime visitors will be able to speak to current pupils and see modern day lessons in full swing.

The evening celebration will allow visitors to chat to current staff and other guests and to absorb the old school ambience one last time.

Entry to the celebration events is by invitation only and for people over 18 - anyone interested in attending can call the school office on 01384 818750.

The school is also looking to borrow old photos and pupil reports for a display of memorabilia and would be keen to hear from anyone with amusing anecdotes or memories of happy times at the school that could be re-told.