Children help plant tree to mark Northampton pre-school's 30th birthday

A Northampton pre-school celebrated its 30th anniversary with a ceremonial tree planting.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 5:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:20 pm
Mayor Chris Malpas and the pre-school's children help plant the ceremonial tree.

It was also marked the 30-year career of one of its supervisors, Sue Philpott, who has worked for the pre-school since day one.

The Abbey Centre Pre-School, based at the Abbey Centre, in Clannell Road, off Towcester Road, started in January 1987 when the centre was opened by Princess Diana.

Sue said: "It's been an honour to work here and we've gone from strength to strength.

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"I've got a wonderful team and the children are all happy and supported.

"The secret to a successful pre-school is a good, relationship with your parents and their children and to have a supportive community together."

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Chris Malpas, was on hand to help plant the ceremonial tree.

He said: "The staff here do a terrific job to prepare these children for school and the world beyond. It's a testament to Sue, the lady who helped start it all."

Zoey, a four-year-old at the pre-school, said: "I didn't know buildings could have birthdays."