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Red Devils parachute display team mark opening of new school building
A school marked the opening of a new building on Friday with a formation from the British Army’s parachute display team, the Red Devils.
Forest School in Snaresbrookofficially launched the Martin Centre for Innovation with the display, which saw the team fly over the school and parachute down onto the school field.
Humayon Pramanik, head of communications at the school, said: “All pupils and staff were invited to the ceremony which was extremely successful.
“It was very surreal to see the display team parachuting over the field – everyone enjoyed it.”
The cutting of a red ribbon by Anthony Martin, a former pupil who donated £1 million towards the build, marked the opening ceremony, the details of which were kept secret from the entire school until the day.
The school matched the amount donated by Mr Martin to raise the total £2 million needed for the building.
It replaces a building which used to be on the site called The Manor Building, which Mr Martin recalls from his days as a pupil between 1948 and 1957.
Mr Martin accidentally broke one of the windows after hitting a six from the cricket field into the bedroom of an old geography master.
The new building will be home to digital teaching and learning facilities, with much-needed space for a range of educational activities.
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