Search

1980s icons play Baggy Trousers at Brookfield Primary in a weekend of summer fair Madness

14:30 25 June 2014

Former Brookfield students and Madness legends Mike Barson and Lee Thompson with headteacher Mark Stubbings (centre). Picture: Polly Hancock

Former Brookfield students and Madness legends Mike Barson and Lee Thompson with headteacher Mark Stubbings (centre). Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

Schools put on a spectacular display of summer festivities with events ranging from theatre performances to appearances from members of 1980s music legends Madness.

The playground at Brookfield Primary was transformed into a concert arena on Saturday as Madness turned up to play at the Centenary Year Summer Fair, part of the school’s celebrations to mark its 100th year.

Saxophonist Mike Barson and keyboard player Lee Thompson, who both attended the school in the 1960s, played classic tunes like Our House and Baggy Trousers.

An estimated 800 guests enjoyed non-stop entertainment at the school in Chester Road, Highgate.

Headteacher Mark Stubbings said: “Sharing this centenary with Mike and Lee was a fitting climax to the event for everyone involved.

“People were even hanging out of their windows and stopping in the street to have a listen – they could sense that something really special was going on.”

Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre in Avenue Road continued the theme of seasonal festivities with a sizzling summer fete on Saturday.

Friends and family enjoyed face painting, a bouncy castle, food, raffles, music and dancing.

Money raised went to the school’s own charity, Pigs4Kids, which helps provide facilities and a brilliant education for children with complex learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Headteacher Kay Bedford said: “There was a buzzy atmosphere, the weather was beautiful and it was lovely to see the children and parents making the most of the school grounds.

“The fact that we raised money in the process was an added bonus!”

Highgate School also put on a two-day festival over the weekend to celebrate the end of the school year.

On Saturday the highlight was a talk by Times journalist Kaya Burgess about his profession.

On Sunday the school gathered at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm where parents watched films showcasing pupils’ sporting talent and scenes from this year’s production of West Side Story.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 08:41
Owner Saby Thukral at the opening party of her store in Heath Street

Struggling with the challenge of shopping for her fashion-conscious daughters in the area, a Hampstead Garden Suburb mother has opened up a new children’s shop in Hampstead.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Claire Meir part of a charity raising money for books for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Photo: Nigel Sutton

A mother was inspired to fundraise to buy books for Syrian children in Turkey after imagining what it would be like if her son was fleeing devastating civil war.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
The primary school pupils enjoyed a range of workshops. Photo: Jacqui Sinnatt

Camden and Islington primary school children enjoyed a taste of creativity away from the classroom at the Primary Careers Fair held at the British Library.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Ray Davies is returning to Hornsey Town Hall

Ray Davies performed one of his first gigs at the iconic venue when he was still at school, before going on to form The Kinks

Friday, April 29, 2016
The coffin arrives for the funeral of David Gest arriving at Golders Green Crematorium in north London.

Mourners have remembered music producer and TV star David Gest at a funeral service in Golders Green.

Friday, April 29, 2016
PC Shane Moulds has been dismissed for misconduct

A Camden police constable has been sacked for punching a member of the public he was arresting and hurling abuse at him, calling him a ‘posh twat’

Friday, April 29, 2016
Big Green Bookshop is raising money for Haringey schools.  Joint owner Tim West  pictured. Photo: Nigel Sutton

Two book owners was sickened when an opportunistic thief stole £600, but their customers were “unbelievably” supportive and in a “tsunami of loveliness” helped them raise more than nine times the amount in donations.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Found dead: David Gest (Picture: Ian West/PA Wire)

The funeral of David Gest is set to take place this afternoon at Golders Green crematorium, according to reports.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe