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Saturday, 23 August 2014

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Tea party marks 10 year anniversary of Barrow nursery

ENTHUSIASTIC toddlers, parents and early years staff were all on the guest list for the 10th anniversary celebrations at a much-loved Barrow nursery.

The pre-school building at the Old Vicarage in Hartington Street, opened in 2004, and has seen hundreds of toddlers pass through its doors ever since.

To celebrate the decade, nursery staff organised a big party on Friday, inviting the present group of children and their parents to join in with the birthday fun.

Youngsters got the chance to decorate a 10th birthday cake, taste party food and play a variety of games as part of the day’s festivities.

Local entertainer and wedding singer, Denis Horan, later sang pop and disco songs to get the party going.

Gayle Cooke, child care manager at the Old Vicarage, said the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed the day and were especially excited about Denis’s visit.

She said: “Our nursery is spread out over two buildings and the pre-school opened 10 years ago. We really wanted to mark the occasion.

“The children decorated a birthday cake and we put on party games like pass the parcel and hit the piñata.

“They were really looking forward to hearing Denis sing.

“We had lots of things going on throughout the day. It was busy. Everyone enjoyed really themselves.”

Joel Dickinson, a local magician, also donated balloons shaped as different animals for party game prizes.

The Old Vicarage has around 30 members of staff and between 80 and 90 regular children enrolled.

An Ofsted inspection was carried out in 2011 at the nursery, which described it as providing children with “a rich and varied environment”.

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