A DEVOTED headteacher enjoyed a day of fun and games to mark his retirement after 25 years at a Whitefield primary school.

Children and staff at St Michael’s Primary School spent a day on inflatable slides and castles at a funfair held to celebrate Norman Duffin’s time as head at the school in Ribble Drive.

Mr Duffin stepped down on Wednesday, April 12, after joining the school as headteacher in 1992.

The father-of-two says he is sad to leave the establishment but is looking forward to enjoying holidays and cycling trips to Scotland.

Mr Duffin, who lives with his wife Christine in Bury, said: “It’s been an emotional week leading up to leaving and it’s been hard to leave.

“I’m leaving on a nice round figure, but I definitely think 25 years has flown by.

“I’ve seen other jobs come up over the years but nothing has ever made me want to leave.

“It’s a wonderful school and a fantastic community here at St Michael’s so I will be sad to go.”

Mr Duffin started his career at St Mary’s RC Primary School in 1980 before going on to teach at Our Lady of Grace Primary School in Prestwich in 1986.

He took a break from teaching in 1988 when he went to Manchester University to complete his masters before returning to teach in Oldham and then moving on to St Michael’s.

He added: “My plan was to go out quietly but the staff and children have made sure that hasn’t happened. It’s been a privilege to be a part of this great school. I have to thank the children, parents, staff and governors for making my time here fantastic.”