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80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-003010009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-003010009

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Pupils past and present paraded through Peterborough to help a school celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Fulbridge Academy marked the occasion on Friday with a colourful procession through their community.

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002954009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002954009

Youngsters dressed up to represent every decade since the school’s opening in 1935 - with everyone from The Beatles and Neil Armstrong to The Teletubbies and Buzz Lightyear represented.

Head Iain Erskine said: “Around the parade route people came out to cheer the children on.

“After the parade we went into a 1935 style assembly, where I dressed as Mr Bailey, the first headteacher.”

The highlight of the assembly was when two members of staff dressed as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis to sing Happy Birthday.

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002943009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002943009

Edward Sharman, who was one of the first pupils to attend the school in 1935, joined in the celebrations, as did Keith Boyer, who started at the school as a pupil in 1936, before going on to teach there in the 1950s.

Mr Erskine said: “Mr Boyer had 51 children in his class, so things have changed a lot.

“It was great to be able to do something to bring the community feel back to the area.

“We are very much a community school, and we wanted this to be a proper community celebration.”

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002909009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002909009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002928009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002928009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002853009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002853009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002841009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002841009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002805009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002805009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002753009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002753009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002708009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002708009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002719009

80th anniversary of Fulbridge Academy. All 800 pupils walked around the school in fancy dress EMN-150711-002719009