Photo gallery: Tunstead Primary School children celebrate centenary at North Norfolk Railway

Four-year-old Robin Tonkin takes a trip back in time on the North Norfolk Railway.

Four-year-old Robin Tonkin takes a trip back in time on the North Norfolk Railway. - Credit: Archant

Youngsters at Tunstead Primary School stepped back in time to early 20th century England, when they took a trip on the North Norfolk Railway to celebrate their school's centenary.

Dressed in 1913 garb, more than 100 pupils and staff set off from Sheringham on the Poppy Line, stopping at Holt station, where they were welcomed by railway education staff playing characters ranging from soldiers to suffragettes.

As well as taking a tour of the station's railway cottage - a restored 1899 coach kitted out as an early 20th-century home - the youngsters had a chance to see a magic lantern show and try their hands at period family chores, including boot blacking and wringing out washing with a mangle.

They also met a group of protesting suffragettes and a First World War soldier, before tucking in to an authentic lunch of bread and cakes wrapped in a handkerchief.

The trip, which was paid for with funds raised by Tunstead Primary Friends group, was part of a string of activities organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school, which was built in 1913 and, with just two classrooms, had fewer than 50 pupils on its books.

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The building gained three new classrooms in 2003, with offices added in 2007.

Tunstead Primary head teacher Jonathan Rice has unearthed old log books, attendance records and photographs, which will be displayed at a centenary summer fair on June 15.

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Staff and pupils are researching the history of the school and have even found a 1900s punishment book, which records such misdemeanors as: 'Whistling in class, two strokes,' and, 'Being impertinent, three strokes'.

Mr Rice, who donned mortarboard and gown for Friday's railway trip, hoped former staff and pupils would come along to the fair, which will include drama and music performances, maypole dancing and a 1913-style tea party.

'We have a wonderful community feel in Tunstead and obviously the school is at the heart of that, so it will be a lovely celebration for the whole village' he said.

Tunstead Primary School centenary summer fair is on June 15 from 11.30am-3.30pm.

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