by JENNY MONROE
teachers and invited guests
at the farewell concert in
Hilden Integrated Primary
School. US2708-405PM Pic by
THERE were lots of laughs and a few tears as
Hilden Integrated Primary School celebrated the end of 95 years
of providing education with a wonderful summer concert last
The school closed its doors for the last time
the next day after a long battle to remain open had ended in
But the school, which has enjoyed a wonderful
reputation throughout its near century of existence, certainly
went out on a high.
Mr William Gourley welcomed a packed audience of family members
and invited guests who included former Principal Mr Harold
Guest, who was given a warm reception by many or the past pupils
who Kati also returned to the alma mater.
Also present were former Lisburn City Mayors
Alderman Ivan Davis and Councillor Trevor Lunn.
The children put on a varied programme which
included traditional nursery rhymes and songs familiar to all
ages and they contributed enthusiastically. Recorders, guitars
and Irish dancing delighted the audience.
P6 and P7 pupils gave an account of the many
wonderful memories they will take from Hilden with Megan
McConville giving an amusing insight into her seven years at the
The closing song was Hilden's adapted version
of Danny Boy and this brought tears to many an eye.
Mr Gourley congratulated the children on such
a great performance which exuded the happy environment of the
school and he thanked teachers and assistants for contributing
to such an uplifting and moving occasion.
Some of the pupils who took part in
the Hilden Integrated Primary School farewell
Pupils entertaining parents, teachers
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