AN ATHERTON primary school is marking its 40th anniversary by taking a trip back in time to the 1970s.
Meadowbank Primary School, on Formby Avenue, will mark the milestone birthday with an open day for past and present teachers, parents and pupils on March 2.
The day will attempt to recreate the atmosphere of 1972, when the school first opened, with retro sweet stalls, football penalty shoot-outs and old games and quizzes.
Staff and children will also be dressed in 1970s outfits to help create the right ambience for the big birthday celebrations, while a large board in the hall will display the school’s past.
Meadowbank opened in 1972 but burnt down several years later and had to be rebuilt. Since then the school has also seen other changes, including the building of the children’s centre and a play area.
The school has also taught a couple of youngsters who have gone on to big things, with its most famous pupil being actor Anthony Quinlan, who formerly played Gilly Roach in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.
Business Manager Jennifer Parkinson said: “When the school was first built it looked like a little hut in the middle of massive fields, so it’s certainly expanded and changed dramatically since then.
“However, I would also say not a great deal has happened in 40 years. In many ways the school is the same now as it was when it was built.”
The school are very keen for as many ex-pupils and staff as possible to come down and share their memories of Meadowbank’s past on the big day.
The school’s present-day pupils will also wear psychedelic T-shirts which they have made themselves and show off 1970s jewellery they have been working on.
Jennifer said: “We’re looking forward to speaking to as many former pupils and staff as possible, and it would be wonderful to see everyone here on the day.”
For more information, or to submit photographs or memories for the display boards, contact Jennifer Parkinson on 01942 486366.