Hundreds of balloons spread across the Sunderland sky in honour of a very special day.
Children at the city’s Bexhill Academy took to the yard to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday. Standing in formation, they spelled out the school’s name.
Amed with a purple or gold balloon, the pupils each sent their decorations, complete with an address tag for the school, flying into the sky yesterday.
It is hoped that the 400 balloons will travel across the UK and beyond – and the school is looking for people to get in touch later with a balloon’s whereabouts.
Paul Martindale, headteacher at Bexhill, said the school’s golden birthday will make a mark on the rest of the school year.
The celebration will be educational for pupils, with activities planned for the spring and summer terms.
Pupils, teachers and parents past and present are all invited to take part in the fun.
He said: “Throughout the year there’s going to be different things taking place in school all to do with the celebration.
“In the spring term there’s going to be a reunion with a traditional school meal and in the summer term we are going to do a ‘through the decades’.”
Each year group will be given a decade to focus on and, after a choosing a film or a song from that decade, will give a performance.
The headteacher added: “The children were really excited and the release was very well supported.
“When the balloons all went up in the air it looked tremendous.”
If you find any of the balloons, contact Bexhill on 0191 553 6916 or email email@example.com.