Pupils prepare bonnets for Vintage Festival parade

With their bonnets are Grace Darling Campus pupils, from left, Caitlin Robinson, Olivia Ord, Grace Bullock  and Michael Armstrong with Allison Wilson. Picture by Karen Stuart
With their bonnets are Grace Darling Campus pupils, from left, Caitlin Robinson, Olivia Ord, Grace Bullock and Michael Armstrong with Allison Wilson. Picture by Karen Stuart
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Students at the Grace Darling Campus of the Northumberland Church of England Academy in Newbiggin have been busy for weeks designing and making their Easter bonnets.

It was all in aid of a competition judged by head of campus Allison Wilson and her team on the last day of term.

Modern interpretations of the tradition were in evidence at the judging of well over 100 entries.

Ladybirds, cartoon characters and Disney favourites were alongside the more traditional eggs, chicks and rabbits.

The hotly contested prizes were eventually awarded to Caitlin Robinson, Olivia Ord, Grace Bullock and Michael Armstrong.

There is an opportunity for everyone to see the children’s hats in a parade on Easter Sunday.

Following the 9.30am service, all children and their families are invited to gather outside St Bartholomew’s Parish Church at 11am to parade along the seafront promenade to the town’s quay wall were they will be welcomed into the town centre by the Newbiggin Jayess Band.

The ultimate winner will be announced at the bandstand to a musical flourish.

The arrival of the children in the town centre will mark the start of the town’s Easter ice cream trail so families can complete the morning with a sweet treat and later in the afternoon other children from the Northumberland Church of England Academy will be bringing their Steel by the Sea steel pan band to entertain the crowds.

Mrs Wilson said: “The children and their families have demonstrated an astonishing level of imagination and creativity. Whole families get involved in these projects.”