Spalding Grammar headmaster Nigel Ryan – who leaves the school this month – has said Saturday’s annual fete was one of the highlights of his 11 years in charge.
He was pleased the event raised more than £5,000 but delighted with the way students of all ages, teachers and parents worked together again to make it a success.
“Being my last fete as headmaster it was always going to be special. It ended up being one of the highlights of my 11 years, as it demonstrated one of the key strengths of the Grammar School: the willingness of so many in our school community to put themselves out to help others.
“It’s not just the senior students who organised the football tournament; the raffle sales and the house stalls, but also the Year 7 boys who ran their own stalls and the Year 8s who devised and made their own probability games who put so much into creating fun for others to enjoy.
“It’s also the staff who are prepared to go more than the extra mile giving up lots of time before the event as well as on Saturday that enables the students plans to work.
“Ultimately, the success of the fete comes down to the tremendous work done by the PFA committee in organising and running the whole event.
“All their hard work was rewarded with glorious weather this year and was capped by the magnificent sight of the Battle of Britain hurricane sweeping over the school field; as they would have done 70 years ago when planes flew over the school field as paratroopers billeted here prepared for Operation Market Garden when they parachuted into Arnham .”