Canary-crazy day at Colby Primary School

The strains of 'On the ball City', accompanied by the trilling of two real canaries, rang out through the corridors of Colby Primary School as pupils and staff revelled in a day of celebrations to mark Norwich's promotion to the Premier League.

Children and teachers dressed in yellow and green on Friday, decorated their school, near Aylsham, with banners and flags, made congratulatory cards for their favourite team and played plenty of football, according to head teacher Christine Mead who sported a canary mask and dyed her hair green for the occasion.

And school governor Eric Allaway brought in two canaries from his aviary to join-in with the singing.

'The children were so excited the first day back after the Portsmouth match. They were so proud of the team and talked about how they felt after that goal had gone in,' said Mrs Mead.

Canaries season ticket holder Joe Plunkett, eight, helped make a giant card, signed by all 130 children, to present to the team.

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He wrote on the front: 'I go every Saturday to Norwich City. It's everything to me. I have waited my whole life for Premier League football. Promotion is amazing and I want to say thank you from me and everyone at Colby School.'

Tommy Brewer, nine, said he was still cheering four days after the match and Flynn Wilkinson, 10, said he had followed the game anxiously at home on TV and when the final whistle went his dad had yelled 'Yes!' even louder than the watching crowd.

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Mrs Mead added: 'We had an assembly where we talked about how special it was that the team managed to achieve victory through team work and determination against the odds. We discussed how important it was to believe in yourself and persevere.'

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