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Youngsters have released balloons into the skies above a Huddersfield school at the start of celebrations to mark its centenary year.

Netherton Infant and Nursery School opened in January 1916 and has been a focal point of the community ever since.

Events are being held to mark the 100th year, and pupils have released 200 blue and white balloons from the school playground, and are hoping they will travel far and wide.

They have decorated the balloon labels with drawings of things they most like about school, and want people who find them to get in touch to let them know how far they’ve travelled.

Head teacher Karen Beattie said: “This is a very special year for Netherton Infant and Nursery School, we have planned events for every month of our centenary year.

“I really want the children to enjoy celebrating the school’s history and to learn about how school life today is so very different to how it was when the school opened.

“I am particularly looking forward to inviting former pupils and staff back to school for our open day in April and putting together a time capsule that we will bury in the school playground.”