When staff, pupils and guests gathered to mark the diamond jubilee of Hemel Hempstead’s Adeyfield School, it was a chance to wander down memory lane for Brian McCann.
The retired businessman and Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club stalwart, who has just joined the school’s governing body, was among the very first intake at Adeyfield when Hemel Hempstead’s first new town neighbourhood was taking shape 60 years ago.
But things didn’t exactly go to plan, he recalled. Once all the pupils had reported for lessons, they were sent home for another month – the school buildings hadn’t been finished in time.
Things went much more smoothly when Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning visited the Longlands site to officially plant a commemorative cherry tree in the school grounds, and bury a time capsule containing a range of school artefacts including timetables, ties, a photo montage and even a locker key, as well as a copy of the latest edition of the Gazette.
A celebration tea and a concert by pupils were also on the timetable for Monday’s jubilee gathering.