GROWING FAST: Jeanette Newell is congratulated by Diane Pattison, of Durham County Council, for her long service as a governor of Butterknowle Primary School while headteacher Tessa Fenoughty and pupils look on
GROWING FAST: Jeanette Newell is congratulated by Diane Pattison, of Durham County Council, for her long service as a governor of Butterknowle Primary School while headteacher Tessa Fenoughty and pupils look on

A GAUNLESS Valley school that has doubled in size thanks to a baby boom have paid tribute to a long-serving governor during an annual Easter lunch.

Former pupil Jeanette Newell became a governor of Butterknowle Primary School 21 years ago through her role as a member of Lynesack and Softley Parish Council.

Durham County Council school and governors support services representative Diane Pattison visited the school on Thursday, March 29, to present Cllr Newell with a certificate of recognition of her long service during the school’s annual community Easter lunch. In her time Cllr Newell has seen much change at the school.

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She said: “It is a wonderful school and it has always been a very happy school. It is good to see it thriving.”

Headteacher Tessa Fenoughty said the school expected to have as many as 50 children in the near future and numbers had doubled in the past four years.

She attributed the growth to a baby boom in the village.