East Budleigh youngsters celebrate school's 150th birthday

DRAKE'S Primary School celebrated its 150th birthday on Mayday bank holiday by holding its annual fayre.

DRAKE'S Primary School celebrated its 150th birthday on Mayday bank holiday by holding its annual fayre.

The pupils had for weeks been practising country dancing and maypole displays for the scores of visitors who visited East Budleigh for the event.

The celebrations started with a parade through the village, led by the May queen.

While the final total is still being counted it is believed the event raised at least �800 for the school's library refurbishment fund.

Foundation teacher Louisa Corcoran said the day was well-attended with a host of visitors flocking to take part in the games and activities.

She said: "The weather was quite nice. It seemed busier this year compared to last year.

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"It was well attended by the locals from the village and also the parents.

"Lots of the new children who are due to be starting turned up, which was nice."

Drakes Primary School thanked Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, A la Ronde, the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, Otter Nurseries, The National Marine Aquarium, at Plymouth, World of Country Life, Exmouth, Otterton Mill and East Budleigh Garage for donating raffle prizes.