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Diamond jubilee celebrations at Stanmore House School

Over 150 guests attended the occasion

Pupils and staff at Stanmore House School joined members of the local community to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary in style with a birthday extravaganza.

Attendees enjoyed everything from a school musical to a festive bazaar and more than £900 was raised for school funds.

Lanark Grammar’s concert band were on hand to entertain some 150 guests with Christmas classics, while 60 balloons were released into the skies above Lanark in honour of the occasion.   

Stanmore House School – operated by charity Capability Scotland – is a specialist day and residential school for children aged five to 18 with complex needs. 

Michelle Eckford, deputy head teacher at Stanmore House School, said: “This was a truly special occasion for all involved.

“Our pupils were the real stars – they worked hard preparing Christmas baubles and calendars for sale at our festive bazaar. And they shone bright as they performed hits from the likes of the Lion King and Grease. We couldn’t be more proud of them.

“A very special thanks goes to Lanark Grammar School for their beautiful performance too.

“We would also like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to this event. The money raised will be spent wisely on resources to enhance our pupils’ learning experience here at Stanmore. Here’s to 60 more wonderful years!”

Donations were made to the school’s special prize draw by Tesco, Morrisons, Brooks, Crown Tavern and ALJ Lanark, with Morrisons also donating food for the occasion.