West Croft School in Bideford is celebrating its 60th birthday with a special sculpture installation.

The tree sculpture to mark West Croft School's 60th celebrations. Picture: Graham HobbsThe tree sculpture to mark West Croft School's 60th celebrations. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The five-feet-tall wooden sculpture, made by local craftsman Brendon O’Brien, is in the shape of a tree and inspired by the school logo.

The purpose of the sculpture is to celebrate an important landmark in the history of the school and to stand as a lasting memory of the school community present at this time.

Every child, from nursery through to Year Six, has their handwritten name etched on a wooden leaf, which are attached to the tree.

Bideford mayor and mayoress, Doug and Sheila Bushby, as well as the town crier, celebrated the occassion by officially opening the sculpture.

The school welcomed past pupils and staff back to West Croft School for the day, including some who work at Bideford fire station and brought a fire engine with them, to the delight of the children.