Staff at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery held a charity ball at The Sandbanks Hotel in Poole on Friday November 28 to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The event was themed 1940s to pay homage to the school’s history as it opened the day the Second World War broke out.

Staff, parents and guests donned military uniforms and Victory Rolls. The event included a charity auction which raised £3,000 and was split between charities Julia’s House and The British Heart Foundation

Iain Robertson, headmaster at Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of money which was raised for the two local charities which we hold close personal connections to. We’re extremely grateful for the support shown by local businesses in providing the vast array of raffle prizes and auction items.

“Guests really enjoyed themselves and danced the night away to swing band ‘In the Pink’. The 1940s theme was great and even the table decorations were based on wartime rationing with National Dried Milk and chocolate.”

Local WW2 enthusiasts, Ron Pier and Tim Hanscomb provided authentic wartime memorabilia for the centrepiece of the even and guests posed for photographs with artillery, a military motorbike and a Winston Churchill impersonator.

Buckholme Towers School and Nursery, on Commercial Road, Poole, is an independent school for pupils aged three to 11 years.