Photo Gallery: Costessey pre-school celebrates 45 years

A community of families and former childcare workers turned out to celebrate the 45th anniversary of a pre-school in Costessey.

St Helen's pre-school, on Gurney Road, organised the anniversary event last week and held a party to mark the occasion and to raise funds for the pre-school.

Manager Vanessa Weston has been working at St Helen's for 23 years and said: 'My children used to come here.

'It is a nice little place. We all get on and we are a very good team.'

Yvonne Ireson, aged 74, is one of the co-founders and explained how her husband Malcolm used to make toys for the children when she worked there.

She said: 'We had no running water then, the roof was made of corrugated iron.

'We were just made up of mothers at that time.'

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There were plenty of things for families to do at the event, including arts and craft, a tombola and a 'guess the name' competition. There was also a cake and biscuit stall.

Amanda Clarke, mother of Grace Clarke, aged three, who attends the pre-school, said: 'We just want thank everyone who is involved with St Helen's.

'It is a good school and the children really enjoy themselves.'

For more information about St Helen's call 01603 749901.

View photosof St Helen's through the ages in the photo gallery..

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