Sir Philip Craven reopens St Peter's CE Primary in Farnworth after £2.4 million revamp
SIR Philip Craven found himself centre stage at another spectacular opening ceremony.
The president of the International Paralympic Committee was invited to return St Peter’s CE Primary in Farnworth, to be part of the celebratory opening ceremony event to mark £2.4 million investment in the school.
Just like the opening ceremony of the London Games 2012, a play illustrated how the school became great, from when it opened in the 1800s.
Sir Philip enjoyed songs, readings and poems conveying pupil’s aspirations and the ethos of the school.
The inspirational Boltonian, who grew up in Farnworth, said: “There were about 200 people here and 80,000 people at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and Paralympics.
“There was the same atmosphere. It was brilliant, the children would have put in so much practice and so many lines to learn.
“They are really proud of their history.”
The primary has incorporated the nearby church, which had been closed, into the school to give local people a place of worship.
Stained glass windows take pride of place in the reception and the work has modernised the school making it bigger and brighter with state-of-the art technology.
Sir Philip, who was given the chance to ring the historical church bell, which was the focus of the opening ceremony, told the children: “The key thing about playing sport for me is at times it can be serious, but it is about having fun and school is about having fun, learning and being happy.”
He cut a symbolic ribbon — with the colours representing the past and future of the school — to declare the new look primary officially open.
Rossi Esty, aged 10, said: “To have Sir Philip at the opening ceremony was epic.
“He does inspire people to get involved, it is really good he used to come to this school.”
Harriet McManus, aged nine, added: “The day was just as good as the opening ceremonies for the London Games.
“We had to work hard for it and I think it was amazing that Sir Philip came to see it, he is really nice.”
Following the opening ceremony and balloon race, Sir Philip went back to his old secondary school, Bolton School, about plans to develop sports. Sir Philip said: “The Olympic and Paralympic legacy is very much alive in inspiring people to get out there, play sport or volunteer.”
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