Fun as Pre-School marks 40th anniversary

Southgate Pre-School fete''Pictured: Tiggi Galvin-Whyte taking part in a colouring competition
Southgate Pre-School fete''Pictured: Tiggi Galvin-Whyte taking part in a colouring competition
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A FETE to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Southgate Pre-School in Bury St Edmunds was such a success on Saturday and enjoyed so much that organisers may stage it as a summer event every year.

It was held within the grounds of Hardwick Primary Schooland included a barbecue, inflatable slide, face painting, colouring, beat-the-goalie and other attractions.

Southgate Pre-School fete''Pictured: Liam Neathey (3) getting his face painted

Southgate Pre-School fete''Pictured: Liam Neathey (3) getting his face painted

One of these was a stocks and leader Laura Gembis was the first victim as youngsters threw wet sponges at her. “I got very wet,” said Laura.

She first became involved when her son Patrick joined in 2002 as a helper, before being appointed deputy leader and then leader.

“The children and families really enjoyed the day and a lot of people stayed for the whole time,” said Laura.

The Pre-School is believed to have started in a house in Jarman Close 40 years ago.

It is now within the grounds of Hardwick Primary School, with which it works closely and has 64 youngsters on its books from Nowton estate and other parts of Bury,