YOUNGSTERS at a South Cumbrian school took a step back in time to the era of cloth caps, free bottles of milk and entertainment provided by Radio Luxembourg.

The Mail, on March 17, in 1995, noted: “Children at Ulverston Church of England Infant School played the part when they researched the life and styles of the 1950s.

“Helped by donations from teachers and families, pupils dressed up in the clothes of the period."

Later in 1995 it was time for pupils to say goodbye to two of the most experienced teachers in the school at a double retirement event.

The Mail, on July 17, noted: “Pupils have said farewell to their two most senior members of staff

“Retiring were Kath Bolton, who was the headteacher for 14 years and Rita Jones. Mrs Jones spent a total of 21 years at the school, 15 of them as the school’s deputy headteacher.

“Staff and parents gathered at the school to say goodbye to the two teachers and present them with retirement gifts.

“Mrs Bolton received a Tiffany lamp and Mrs Jones was presented with an electronic keyboard.”

In 2006 the story of the Ulverston school in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras emerged during a decoration project at the Church Walk site.

The Mail, on Saturday, August 26, noted: “Historic finds from the turn of the last century have been discovered at an infant school.

“The artifacts include writing slates, registers and inkwells that have remained hidden for more than 100 years.

“Headteacher Bernadette Calvey explained painters and decorators had uncovered the items.”

She said: “There are  some very high level cupboards in our reception area which we’ve been intrigued about,but which we’ve never been able to get to. We’ve got decorators in at the moment and we asked them to open up the cupboards to have a look."

"We found two packages of rolled-up registers, box upon box of slate pencils and dozens of old ink wells."

The registers covering 1901 and 1902 showed that one of the school's five classes had 60 boys.

In February 1901 the school was closed for three-and-a-half weeks due to an outbreak of scarlet fever.