Beach boys and girls celebrate

BEAUTIFUL BLUES: Carly Downham and Lori Stebbings at the leavers' prom. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG120713-782NG

BEAUTIFUL BLUES: Carly Downham and Lori Stebbings at the leavers' prom. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG120713-782NG

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The beach was transported a few miles inland when school leavers at Peele Community College in Long Sutton held their prom.

More than 100 students made a grand entrance for the big party in a marquee at the Long Sutton school, arriving in weird and wacky transport from a military tank to a trailer driven jet ski and from a mobility scooter to a Cinderella coach drawn by two magnificent white horses.

There was also a collection of classic vehicles and stretch limos making for the school gates – along with a balloon decorated wheelbarrow, in which student Jay Nyang hitched a ride with the help of Ashley Davison, who provided the manpower.

Scores of proud mums and dads, brothers and sisters watched the arrivals before the students partied the night away to a live band and disco.

The beach theme incorporated a bouncy castle, surf machine, an ice cream van – and the seaside’s favourite dish, cones of chips.

Headteacher Simon Gilman said: “We have been doing this for the last ten to 12 years and it’s a big celebration of students finishing their time at Peele and moving to pastures new.

“It’s the last chance for the students to get together before they leave and come back in August for their GCSE results.

“It was a fantastic evening.

“We have always thought that the prom at the Peele is something that should be part of the town community so we have always held the prom on the Peele grounds.”