09:38AM, Wednesday 24 April 2013
Cheers of 'hip hip hooray', a five-gun salute and a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday all formed part of Furze Platt Senior School's 50th anniversary celebrations yesterday.
Pupils, staff and guests spread out around the site in Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, to sing to the school, which opened on April 23, 1963.
Addressing the crowd via a loudspeaker, headteacher Tanya White declared her 'great pride' in being part of such a milestone, telling them the fact they share the date with St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday must be a good sign.
Candles on a birthday cake three-quarters-of-a-metre wide were blown out by chairman of governors Sue Le Page, the school's youngest pupil Christopher Pearce, 11, and Hugh Boulter, 61, who was part of the first ever intake of students.
Mr Boulter, from Pinkneys Green, was given the task of ringing the school bell exactly as it would have been rung 50 years ago to signal the start of another happy half-century.
All pupils have been given a commemorative 50th birthday mug.
A larger summer celebration is being planned for Thursday, July 11, from 4-7pm.
Read a full report in tomorrow's Advertiser.
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