School steps back to mark 50 years of Washington new town

Staff, pupils and parents from St Joseph's Primary School in Washington Village celebrating the 50th Birthday of Washington New Town

Staff, pupils and parents from St Joseph's Primary School in Washington Village celebrating the 50th Birthday of Washington New Town

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SCHOOL staff stepped back in time to celebrate a landmark anniversary.

To mark the 50th birthday of Washington New Town, 16 schools from the area joined together to ensure the celebrations could really go with a swing by holding a 1960s-themed fancy dress picnic.

As well as the picnics, each school created a section of artwork to be joined together with the other school’s to complete a unique canvas.

The schools also created a short film featuring a compilation of readings, songs and performances, taking viewers on a tour of Washington’s history, from its mining heritage through to the wild days of pop.

The canvas and film will be on display at the fifth annual Washington Heritage and Community Festival, which is being held today at Albany Park, Washington.

Deputy chairman of the Washington Area Committee, Councillor Linda Williams, said: “I am delighted to see so many of our youngsters taking such great interest in and celebrating this momentous occasion.

“This week has seen daily celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the new town we call home, and it’s great to see how much pride the upcoming generation has in their area.”

The Washington Heritage and Community Festival helps chart the fascinating history of Washington. There will be something for everyone with music, dance, traditional crafts, exhibitions and a range of activities and attractions.

“I encourage everyone to come along and help us celebrate our heritage.”