PUPILS, priests and teachers celebrated a half-century of Catholic education in Huddersfield.

All Saints Catholic College in Bradley marked its 50th anniversary with a Mass yesterday which was attended by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Rev Arthur Roche.

Headteacher Anita Bodurka said: “It was absolutely fantastic, a very, very proud day for the school.

“We had lots of visitors, including Father Tony Baxter, who was one of the first heads.

“In the afternoon we celebrated with a sort of gala on the fields with things like space hopper races and karaoke.”

The Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev George Patrick Dwyer opened St Gregory’s Grammar and St Augustine’s Secondary Schools at Bradley on June 21, 1961.

The opening ceremony which was held in the open-air amphitheatre serving both schools was attended by Catholic dignitaries from across the North of England.

The 50th anniversary of All Saints coincides with the Year of Catholic Education, which was declared by Pope Benedict when he visited Britain last year.