GALLERY: School in Skegness goes back to 70’s to celebrate 40th anniversary

Members of the choir performing at the Richmond School's June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: .MSKP-240617-26
Members of the choir performing at the Richmond School's June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: .MSKP-240617-26
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It was back to school at the weekend for a Skegness man who was there for the first day it opened - 40 years ago.

Gareth South joined the celebrations at the Richmond School on Saturday, with his six-year-old son Casey, who is in Year One, and younger son Ajay, aged four, who will join the Reception Class in September.

Town Crier Steve ODare, Anne May, who organised the schools first June Day Jaunt, headteacher Caroline Wellsted and Mayor Coun  Danny Brooke at the opening of the event. ANL-170626-114158001

Town Crier Steve ODare, Anne May, who organised the schools first June Day Jaunt, headteacher Caroline Wellsted and Mayor Coun Danny Brooke at the opening of the event. ANL-170626-114158001

The theme for the school’s June Day Jaunt was ‘The Seventies’. It was opened by Mayor Coun Danny Brookes and the Town Crier Steve O’Dare and everyone was invited to go along in fancy dress.

Mr South, 50, said he transferred to the Richmond School from Seathorne Primary School when it opened because it was nearer his family’s hotel.

He said: “It’s changed so much over the years. There used to be a huge field but there’s a housing estate behind the school now.

“The layout, except for the hall, has changed, too. But I think a lot of changes are for the better. We used to be left to get on with it with one teacher for 30 pupils.

Suzanne Rutherford and Harry Rutherford ,7, at the Lucky Lolly stand at the Richmond School June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-240617-28 ANL-170626-114144001

Suzanne Rutherford and Harry Rutherford ,7, at the Lucky Lolly stand at the Richmond School June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-240617-28 ANL-170626-114144001

“Now there are two teachers and two assistants in classes.”

The First June Day Jaunt was organised by Mrs Anne May, who is now a governor of the school.

She said: “We decided that as we were holding the fair in June we would be different and call it ‘The June Day Jaunt’.

“We had a big raffle, fancy dress for the Children and various stalls.

Anne May, who organised the Skegness Richmond School's, first June Day Jaunt, looking at old photographs with headteacher Caroline Wellsted. Photo: MSKP-240617-34 ANL-170626-114209001

Anne May, who organised the Skegness Richmond School's, first June Day Jaunt, looking at old photographs with headteacher Caroline Wellsted. Photo: MSKP-240617-34 ANL-170626-114209001

“The day was a huge success and I seem to remember Miss Rhodes saying that she was amazed by what we had done!”

Headteacher Mrs Caroline Wellsted said the event raised £1,700 for the school. She said: “On behalf of the school governors, staff and pupils, I would like to thank the PFA for all their hard work and dedication to the school.

“They pulled out all the stops in organising this event.

Amanda Smith and Debbie MeEwan with the Wheel of Fortune at the Richmond School's June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: .MSKP-240617-37 ANL-170626-114223001

Amanda Smith and Debbie MeEwan with the Wheel of Fortune at the Richmond School's June Day Jaunt in Skegness. Photo: .MSKP-240617-37 ANL-170626-114223001

Mr Gareth South and his two sons Casey and Ajay, headteacher  Mrs Caroline Wellsted and Mr Ricki Danks,  the deputy head looking forward to celebrating the Richmond School's 40th anniversary. ANL-170623-162049001

Mr Gareth South and his two sons Casey and Ajay, headteacher Mrs Caroline Wellsted and Mr Ricki Danks, the deputy head looking forward to celebrating the Richmond School's 40th anniversary. ANL-170623-162049001

The opening of the Richmond School in Skegness 40 years ago as reported in the Skegness Standard. ANL-170623-162101001

The opening of the Richmond School in Skegness 40 years ago as reported in the Skegness Standard. ANL-170623-162101001

Pupils at the Richmond School, Skegness, preparing bunting for the 40th anniversary  June Day Jaunt. ANL-170623-162347001

Pupils at the Richmond School, Skegness, preparing bunting for the 40th anniversary June Day Jaunt. ANL-170623-162347001