THE founders of St Patricks's Primary School in Corsham joined staff, parents and pupils last week in a special celebration of the school's 50th anniversary.

Hundreds of pupils treated their esteemed guests to a mass, a surprise flash mob and a Great British Bake Off inspired afternoon tea on Wednesday (July 12) as their golden anniversary celebrations head towards its climax.

"The children did us proud as always," head Ruth McLoughlin said. "It was an absolutely brilliant day as we started off with a wonderful mass led by our two priests Father John and Father Richard and we also had a fantastic array of guests, parents, past and present governors as well as staff and students.

"Members of the presentation order, who are a group of nuns who founded the school in 1967, were also in attendance so there was a significant group of people from the school's history."

At the end of the day, guests were treated to a surprise flash mob to the Happy Song from the Muppets and an afternoon tea laid on by the staff.

"A huge thank you needs to go to the 15 businesses from Corsham, Chippenham and Lacock who donated everything we ate and drank," Miss McLoughlin added. "The reason we did this is because we are trying to show the children that days like this should be about people in the community. We wanted to show them that people working together is the way forward."