The sun shone on the last day of term as families from Bovey Tracey Primary School enjoyed cream teas, cakes and a crown parade after school, to mark the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosted the event on the school’s playing field and invited children to get creative and crafty with a handmade crown competition.

Town mayor Cllr Sheila Brooke, along with deputy mayor Cllr Debbie Fletcher, were kind enough to give their time for the unenviable task of judging the winners and runners up of the three age categories. All the children that had taken part then paraded their crowns to enthusiastic applause before presentations were made to the winners. The mayor commented: ‘It was a real pleasure to see such imaginative and varied designs which made choosing the winners extremely difficult! Every child that has taken part should be congratulated for the enthusiasm and effort they have clearly put in.’

The Jubilee afternoon tea is the first large scale event that the school has been able to hold since the COVID pandemic and headteacher, Louise Prywata stated: ‘There has been a such a lovely atmosphere this afternoon. It is wonderful to see so many families enjoying time together at school without the tight COVID restrictions.’

Families were treated to a picnic style afternoon tea as the school choir performed an upbeat arrangement of songs. The PTA wished to extend a big thank you to Spar, Bovey Tracey for donating all the delicious cream tea ingredients for this event. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments raised valuable additional funds for the school. These funds will go towards supporting the Nature School provision for younger years and Basic First Aid training for the older children at the school.