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Albert Road School Centenary 7 July 2005

    Albert Road School

    Albert Road School is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and has many special events planned to commemorate the occasion.

    Starting on Tuesday 12th July there will be an exhibition of photographs, memorabilia etc. at the school and this will be open to the public between 4pm - 7pm. This exhibition continues on Wednesday between 2pm - 7pm and Thursday between 2pm- 5pm.

    During the following week, commencing 18th July there are some very exciting activities planned:-

    Three well known local artists, Cyril Jones, Gavin Carter and David Metaxes, will be working in school with the children; a group from the Northern Quilters is going to produce a quilt which shows playground games through the century; the Blue Badge Guides are taking groups out to look at the historic buildings of Ramsey; Fiona McCardle of Manx National Heritage will be in school to explain some old playground games and Alex Townsend will be bringing the computer bus to help the children work on recording the events for a web site.

    For two of the days the children and staff have been invited to dress up in Edwardian costume, and to come in the fashions of any decade on another day.

    For many years Albert Road’s history has been intertwined with that of Yn Chruinnaght. and the children of the school will be performing a concert in the marquee on the Peveril plot on Wednesday 20th July. They will also be welcoming visiting groups who are attending the festival into their school during the week to perform and take part in workshops with the children.

    Old scholars have not been forgotten and they are invited to come to a Reunion Ceilidh (admission £5.00) in the marquee from 8.30 on 20th July. Contact the school on 812185 for more information.

    Albert Road also believe they may have found, in Canada, the oldest of their former pupils - Bill Smith (age 104) - who started school in 1908 and they are hoping, through the wonders of modern technology, to be able to arrange for some of the present pupils to speak to him during the week.

    Albert Road School are extremely grateful to the many volunteers who have supported them in so ways in making this week possible by lending photographs, and offering their expertise and time.

    7th July 2005

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