Memories of school wanted for anniversary celebrations

Maire Hayes from Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School
Maire Hayes from Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School

A school celebrating its 70th birthday has appealed to former pupils and staff to share their special memories.

Our Lady of Walsingham RC Primary School was founded 70 years ago. The school was set up to provide a Catholic education to thousands of incomers whose families had arrived in Corby to work in the steelworks. The first pupils were housed in wooden huts and the buildings came some years later.

On September 25 there will be a service of thanksgiving and an exhibition in school.

Staff are appealing for those with old photographs or cuttings to come forward so they can be included in the display. They are also inviting people to go along to the mass and back to school afterwards for refreshments.

Headteacher Maire Hayes, herself a former pupil, said: “It’s 70 years since the school was first established although there weren’t really any buildings then, just huts.

“The bishop will be coming to say mass in church and then afterwards we’ll have a celebration in school. We’re hoping to get as many past pupils, staff and governors there as possible. They will be able to have a wander around the school to see how it has changed. We are also hoping to do a display of old memories so we would be grateful if people could get in touch if they have anything interesting to show us.”

People with items for display can call Mrs Hayes on 01536 203805.