THE Barnstaple-based Startrain Performing Arts celebrated its 10th anniversary by holing a party for students and parents in the Arlington Suite of the Barnstaple Hotel. Ray and Paul Sims formed Startrain in May, 1998 to provide tuition for local youngste

THE Barnstaple-based Startrain Performing Arts celebrated its 10th anniversary by holing a party for students and parents in the Arlington Suite of the Barnstaple Hotel.Ray and Paul Sims formed Startrain in May, 1998 to provide tuition for local youngsters.At the party awards and certificates were handed out to students who attained 100 per cent success in recent ballet and tap examinations under principal dance tutor Melanie La Tragna.There were 28 distinctions, 41 honours, 74 highly commendeds, 12 commended, eight pass-plus and four passes.Paula said: "We have always wished to be one big happy family with students supporting each other in pursuit of excellence in entertainment skills. Over the past 10 years, we have watched our students grow and achieve. Our happy, exuberant youngsters are a delight to us and a credit to their families."Ray thanked tutors Melanie La Tragna, Peter Burford and Bob Terrell for their good work over the past decade. Also at the party was former Gazette journalist Jean Woodhams, who wrote the first ever article about Startrain in the Gazette.