Staff and pupils at a Huddersfield special school took delivery of their new minibus – and there was a trip down memory lane for head teacher Nicky Rogers.
The spacious new transport was gifted to Lydgate School at New Mill by children’s charity Variety, formerly the Variety Club.
And the keys to the gleaming red “mobile classroom” were handed over by Variety stalwart and Yorkshire actor Frazer Hines.
Frazer, now 71, found fame playing Jamie McCrimmon, a companion to second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton in the late 1960s.
He went on to play farmer Joe Sugden in Yorkshire TV’s Emmerdale for two decades.
The visit by the former Doctor Who star brought back childhood memories for head Mrs Rogers who said: “It was fantastic to meet him.
“I was a Doctor Who addict when I first came to this country from what is now Zimbabwe. I told Fraser he was my first Doctor Who’s companion and that it was a real trip down memory lane.
“Very kindly he said I didn’t look old enough and that I must have seen it on the repeats!”
Mrs Rogers told how the school had applied to the charity for the minibus and were delighted to be chosen.
At the time the charity’s oldest fundraiser, 104-year-old Bill Monk, had died and his family were looking to make a donation in his memory.
Bill, from Canvey Island, Essex, was dubbed Grandad Monk by his family and he will be remembered with a photograph and inscription inside the bus.
Also at the presentation, attended by staff and some of the school’s 77 students, were members of Bill’s family including granddaughter Caroline Monk who has taken on the fundraising mantle.
Lydgate School is relocating to new, larger premises at the former Almondbury Junior School site.
Building work is about to start and the move should be completed by Easter next year. Over time the school roll will increase to 164.
Mrs Rogers said the new minibus was an “extra classroom” and added: “It’s important to teach our students life skills and enable them to step out into the world.”