Celebrating 75 years of success

Head boy Callum Mutton and head girl Alannah Friend cutting the celebratory cake. (Lin)
Head boy Callum Mutton and head girl Alannah Friend cutting the celebratory cake. (Lin)
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Caistor Yarborough Academy marked its 75th anniversary with an evening of celebration.

Former staff and pupils were invited to the event - and one of those was 86-year-old Phyllis Hollings, one of the first 11-year-olds to walk through the school doors three quarters of a century ago.

Phyllis Hollings with head boy Callum Mutton and head girl Alannah Friend.  (Lin)

Phyllis Hollings with head boy Callum Mutton and head girl Alannah Friend. (Lin)

“Whoever chose the staff did an excellent job,” said Phyllis.

“Norman Collins was a wonderful head teacher.”

The trip down memory lane was further encouraged with an exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia, including an African drum, which used to sit in the very first headteacher’s office, as well as parts of the World 
War Two plane that crashed into the grounds of the 
school.

Former pupils also brought in a variety of memorabilia, including the 1977 Commonwealth Games medals of Jane Western, nee Colebrook.

Phyllis Hollings looking at some of the early photographs with head teacher Jeremy Newnham.  (Lin)

Phyllis Hollings looking at some of the early photographs with head teacher Jeremy Newnham. (Lin)

Current students and former student Lucy Maguire performed a range of musical favourites throughout the evening and headteacher Jeremy Newnham introduced the Academy’s head boy and girl Callum Mutton and Alannah Friend; a former tradition that has been introduced this year.

Everyone enjoyed hog roast by butchers Wisby of Wragby, wine and a specially made birthday cake created by ‘For Heavens Cake.’

“A wonderful event made further special by the wonderful stories from very interesting people,” said Jeni Lowe, Marketing Co-ordinator and organiser of the 
event.

“It was great to see such a lot of people come together to share their memories.

“We would like to thank everyone who got in touch, brought in photographs and other items to help us create our ‘memory lane’ exhibition, which we plan to keep adding to.

“Our current students were a credit to the Academy with their excellent musical performances, as were the students who gave informative tours of the Academy as it stands now.

“We hope to continue to celebrate by having guest speakers into CYA to share their stories with us during our 75th year”

For more information contact jeni.lowe@cya.org.uk or 07534 277478.