EDUCATION history was made in Southampton when Lordshill Primary School was officially opened only one day after the £186,000 contract was completed.

Performing the ceremony on September 26, 1968, was Sir Edward Boyle – a former minister of education who gave praise and promise to Southampton.

He praised the education authorities for what they were doing in the city and promised to give his support moving forward.

“I wish you every success and promise all my support,” he said.

In the day’s ceremonies the children of the school were given a special place.

Sir Edward was met at the school entrance by pupils Jacqueline Joyner and Stephen Willis, and escorted to the party at which they spent an hour touring the infant and junior school before unveiling plaques.

He was asked to unveil the infant school plaque by Jane Chatterley and Kevin Guard and the junior one by Rosalyne Mintey and David McManus.

Sir Edward said it was always a pleasure to open a new school and an honour to be linked, in this case, with a part of greater Southampton.