A CHESTER school celebrated its 150th anniversary with a visit from a distinguished former pupil.
Saighton School welcomed former pupil, Captain Spencer Taylor, to help it commemorate its anniversary and the Queen’s Jubilee by planting a Willow Tree in the school’s gardens.
During his visit to the school, Cpt Taylor, 40, gave a talk to the children about his time with the Household Cavalry, with whom he saw combat in Bosnia and Afghanistan, sharing accommodation with Prince Harry.
Cpt Taylor’s mother, Christine Taylor, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a fabulous day and the children loved every minute of it.
“They were so interested and asked so many questions.
“It was really heartening to see how engaged the children were with the talk.
“I read a poem especially for the occasion to the children and showed them a timeline of Cpt Taylor’s achievements from his time at the school, through to the present day.”
The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster, blessed the Willow Tree, which had been nurtured by Roots n’ Shoots for the past few months, and unveiled a commemorative plaque with the help of the children.
The plaque, which was carved in seasoned oak, was provided by Chester Cathedral member, Tom Broadbent.
Christine added: “Everyone is still talking about how wonderful the event was. The tree was marvellous and will be there for not only for present pupils to enjoy and get the benefit of, but will be a lasting legacy for future generations who pass through the school.”
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