PUPILS who saw their prom cancelled were delighted when a group of parents rallied around to organise an alternative event.

Parents Claire Cooper, John Glen, Rachael Dixon, Louise Bennett, Sarah Allan and Louise Carr arranged the special evening at Stocksfield Cricket Club for Year 11 Prudhoe Community High School students - with one even saying they felt like royalty!

The young people were greeted with a red carpet arrival and were treated to a non-alcoholic reception with professional photographs. A Samba drum band also played and awards were presented to students. Those who won awards were presented with trophies, while Prom King and Prom Queen were given with gift vouchers, kindly donated by Reflections Hair Salon.

Claire Cooper said: “A lot of the kids were really disappointed when school had no choice but to cancel their original prom due to Covid restrictions.

"The pandemic has been tough for the kids, so it felt right to try and do something special for them once restrictions had eased and give them a prom they deserve.

"We set ourselves the challenge of pulling this off in five weeks. It was hard work but worth it!

"I feel really proud to have been a part of this. We have given the kids special memories that will last a lifetime. They all seemed to have a great night!

"Stocksfield Parish Council saved the event! Finding a suitable venue was a challenge, but they went out of their way to support this event. We can’t thank them enough."

Students unable to attend the prom because of self isolation had goody bags delivered to their door the next day.

Companies that supported the prom include: Fairbairn Marquees, Millennium Events, AG Events, Aarron Lodge Entertainments, Zoe Emilie Photography, A Batida Da Rua (Samba drum ban, Quality Cleaning Company and Aldi Prudhoe.