A VILLAGE school has celebrated its 140th anniversary by keeping tradition alive.
Abbots Bromley School brought an unusual sight to the residents and visitors of the village as they recreated Jerusalem Heights.
Every year since 1882 around 200 girls from the school have donned veils and cloaks and in height order set off from the school singing Jerusalem, My Happy Home while walking down the middle of the village high street to the local church for a commemoration service
This year was particularly special as Abbots Bromley School is celebrating its Commemoration Day and 140th year anniversary where modern meets traditional.
Many former pupils from the Alumni Association (The Guild), together with local villagers, parents and staff all gathered in the village to watch this momentous occasion.
They even had a little welcome relief from the weather as it stopped raining while the procession took place. The celebrations continued throughout S Anne’s weekend with the Alumni Association versus current pupil’s netball match, the Sixth Form leavers being admitted to the Guild and everyone getting together for S Anne’s supper.
Executive head Victoria Musgrave said: “This is a wonderful and unique time honoured tradition which I am pleased to be a part of.
“It is important for the school to retain these traditional values whilst thriving in the modern world and I am delighted to be leading the school throughout its 140th year.
“The girls all sang impeccably and were a credit to the school. I hope this is a tradition which is celebrated for another 140 years.”
The wearing of veils and cloaks and the procession dates back to the earliest days of the school as in time past it was customary for women to have their heads covered when in church so it would not have seemed strange for the girls to attend services wearing veils.