A FURNESS school had an historic end to the summer term by hosting celebrations for its 100th birthday.

The Mail, on Friday July 12 in 2002, noted that youngsters at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic School, in Lumley Street, Barrow, held a week of activities.

These included a visit by the Bishop of Lancaster, the Right Reverend Patick O'Donoghue, for a centenary mass.

The article noted: "Pupils staged concerts and a summer fair and the school had an open day for former pupils and staff."

Headteacher Patrick Black said: "What has been so marvellous is the support from everyone from the oldest pupil to many other pupils who have been here in between.

"We had one lady who was at the school 85 years ago and wrote us a lovely letter.

"The friendship, warmth and support is truly remarkable.

"The concerts we have held seem to have been thoroughly appreciated by the community.”