PAST pupils of a nursery school took a trip down memory lane as they met old friends and staff.

Abersychan's Brynteg Nursery School will close in July and the school held an open day where past and present pupils came together to share memories of their time at the school.

Head teacher Lynda Ryan said: “It’s a day celebration and a chance for people to say goodbye to this wonderful provision.

“Since 1945 this nursery has served the community of Abersychan. This is a celebration and a chance for the community to come together.

“It sad because we are saying goodbye, but we are moving forward. We are saying goodbye to the building but we are not saying goodbye to first-class education in Torfaen.”

Ms Ryan was surrounded by those who wanted to come and see the school for the last time and many laughs and smiles were shared over cups of tea and cake.

She added: “I have enjoyed every part of my career and that won’t stop now.”

The longest serving governor, Gwyneira Clark, was also at the event and said: “I have such fond memories. They have taken children to the next level of education in a wonderfully caring way.

“We are lucky to have had such wonderful head teachers. Lynda, the staff and support staff are excellent and it will be sad when the schools closes.”

Colin Jones attended the school from 1949 to 1951 and drove from Northampton to attend the open day.

He said: “I have happy memories. It was a place full of happiness. This was the last chance to see it.I wanted to come back and remember. It brought back a lot of memories."