A school is celebrating the success of a ‘carnival’ that welcomed students, parents and staff back to the grounds after the pandemic.

Sele First School, in Hexham opened its doors over the weekend so many could join in the celebrations.

The event had many stalls with games, nail painting and also had music from the Prudhoe community band.

Rebecca McVittie, headteacher at the school, said: “We decided to have the carnival as we wanted a celebration of everyone returning to school after Covid.

“Both the PTA and the school organised it and it was a big success.

“Even the sun shone for us – all day.

“We had many local business join us and also an ice cream van.

“Additionally, we also had families prepare headdresses for the event – to which we decided to parade around the village to show everyone.”

“It was a huge success and we had some lovely comments about the event and how it was great for the community spirit.”

The head was just so thankful that they could pull off the event.

She said: “I would like to thank the PTA for the organisation and the staff and parents for all their hard work - especially those who worked behind the scenes. It was a great success.”