Organisers of events to mark the fiftieth anniversary of a first school building have hit a stumbling block.
Plans are under way to mark 50 years of Longhoughton First School at its current site on Lacey Street.
As part of the celebrations, staff and pupils wanted to add memorabilia to a time capsule, which was filled and buried for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
But no one can remember where it is.
Headteacher Tracey Critchlow said: “It’s ironic really, that we still have the old school bell from the previous school building and a wooden lectern which we use every day in our act of worship, which came from Howick school, along with all kinds of artefacts and photos from more recent years, but no-one can remember exactly where the 1977 time capsule is buried!
“We have a rough idea where it is, but don’t really have the time to dig up the whole school grounds to find it.
“Even though the school was rated as good in our latest Ofsted report, that didn’t include an evaluation of our digging skills.
“If anyone can help us dig in the right place we’d love to hear from them.”
To mark the anniversary there will be a series of events including a special church service, a sponsored walk and a tray-bake competition, culminating in a golden anniversary fair on the afternoon of Friday, May 23, to which everyone is welcome.
Though there are references in the Longhoughton parish registers to a village school as far back as 1713, the present building was fully open in 1964 to accommodate growing numbers of children in the village from RAF Boulmer and the closure of the schools at Howick and Boulmer. These children had transferred to Longhoughton some years before.
The school is also keen to capture any memories that people may have of the opening of the present school.
Anyone with stories or pictures is asked to email the school at firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any idea where the capsule is buried contact 01665 577204.