West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower and pupils get involved with the official opening celebrations. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

It was a special double celebration for one King’s Lynn school.

Staff and pupils at St Martha’s Catholic Primary School unveiled its new extension as well as celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary.

The Bishop of East Anglia Rev Alan Hopes, West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower and Norfolk County Council’s head of planning and organisation in children’s services, Chris Hey, officially opened the £3.5m building which features a sports/theatre hall, eight classrooms, staff room, and an outdoor multi-use games area.

Family members and former students attended the event which was held on Monday.

Headteacher Aidan McGovern, said: “It was a nice family atmosphere. We had lots of past pupils turn up. We had one guy turn up who had been a pupil in 1958 and a teacher from when the school first started in 1957.”

The school, which is often over-subscribed, currently has 319 pupils but the extension will mean the school can take up to 420 pupils by 2020.

“It’s a fantastic facility,” said Mr McGovern, who has been at the school for 16 years.

He said: “In my speech I said that I had inherited a fabulous legacy and I hope by the time I leave I will leave an even greater legacy behind.”