The young pupils of Haverigg had their dreams come true as they held the real FA Cup in their hands in 1995.

History may not record that the school won the league in that year, but this did not stop the youngsters from getting to hold it.

The day many of them had dreamed of came true as young budding footballers held the cup aloft,

The cup had been brought along, from its home at the time in Liverpool, by the school’s headteacher Ken Heaton.

Mr Heaton had just visited the grounds and had been seconded to Everton Football Club for a year as an education co-ordinator.

Mr Heaton said: “I had been taking the cup into schools in Liverpool and thought why can’t my children see it?

“Nobody knew what the big box contained as Mr Heaton carried it into a special assembly but some of the older children seemed to have guessed when they saw the men in Everton shirts.

“Keeping the suspense going, Mr Heaton nearly convinced the younger ones he brought along his pet cat.”

The day would remain in the minds of the pupils for years to come as the day they got to touch a piece of football history. Pictures were taken with the cup that would last forever.

A special guest also visited the school in the year 1997.

Successful author Joan Eadington, creator of the Jonny Briggs stories, paid a visit to the pupils in March of that year as the village school held its book week.

Young people’s librarian Andrew Haggerty also visited the school to talk to youngsters and host a quiz.

In June 1990 pupils took part in the creation of a pond on the schools nature trail and wildlife area.

The idea for the pond had been designed by the parents Janice Brockbank and Ann Harrison and built with help from the community.

Also part of the construction were inmates held at the local Haverigg prison.

Youngsters enjoyed filling the pond with water and helped by carrying more than 150 yards in buckets and bottles. They enjoyed the experience.