Couple join school’s Proud to be British Day

Newmarket Journal - NOVEMBER 2011''PROUD TO BRITISH DAY AT FORDHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL, FRANK AND JEAN RUMBALL FROM BURY ST EDMUNDS ARE GUESTS OF HONOUR PICTURED WITH HEAD TEACHER KEVIN BULLOCK.
Newmarket Journal - NOVEMBER 2011''PROUD TO BRITISH DAY AT FORDHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL, FRANK AND JEAN RUMBALL FROM BURY ST EDMUNDS ARE GUESTS OF HONOUR PICTURED WITH HEAD TEACHER KEVIN BULLOCK.
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A HEADTEACHER from Fornham St Martin revived nationalist pride on Monday when his Fordham school hosted a Proud To Be British Day.

Kevin Bullock invited Bury St Edmunds couple Frank and Jean Rumball to the event after reading a letter in the Bury Free Press about their despair at not being able to find a Union Jack for their flagpole.

“The children were very responsive and it was a very happy atmosphere,” said Mr Rumball.

Mr Bullock said: “I think just because there’s volatile and nationalistic views, it shouldn’t stop people like me and my pupils expressing pride in our country – I want to win back the middle ground of national pride.”

The inspiration for the day came from talks the Fordham Primary School pupils had with elderly people at a nearby residential day centre on World War Two.

The school’s 227 pupils dressed in red, white and blue, opened an assembly singing the UK’s National Anthem and enjoyed a roast beef lunch.

It is to become an annual event.