STAFF, pupils and former students gathered to celebrate 50 years since Fred Longworth High School opened its doors.

The Tyldesley school was officially opened in March 7 1964 and to mark the occasion, pupils and staff dressed up for the occasion in outfits from the Sixties to the Noughties on Friday.

Some lessons were also based on past decades, a theme that was carried on through a special assembly attended by Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who also unveiled a timeline created to mark the golden anniversary.

Head teacher Jan Garretts said: "I am proud and privileged to be head teacher of the school at such an important moment in its history.

“Its success is due to the hard work and enthusiasm of many people over many years and we hope to go from strength to strength.

“Today’s celebrations have shown what an excellent community spirit there is within the school – and the talent and creativity of students and staff. It has been a thoroughly memorable and enjoyable day.”

Mr Burnham handed out certificates and prizes to the best dressed student and member of staff.

"What comes through for me is the confidence of the students and the enjoyment on everyone's faces. That's what the school is all about and the name Freddie’s is so well respected and well regarded,” he said.

“It's a fantastic school and that's a credit to the staff, parents and Governors. It's obvious the talent that there is within the school and we are all very proud of the students. It's just an absolute privilege and a pleasure to be here and mark the occasion.”

The school will also be holding a community fun day on May 5 and a charity football match on July 12 where a school team, made up of staff and students, will be playing a celebrity ‘All Stars’ team.