For a man known as "Mr Christmas" there was only one way to celebrate the departure of a much-loved headteacher after almost two decades.

As Andrew Orme walked into Breage Primary School hall to take his last celebration assembly, he was surprised with every pupil sitting in front of him wearing a Christmas jumper.

It may have been almost six weeks before the start of the festive season, but it was a fitting send off for a man known for his wide range of Christmas jumpers, which he wore every day through December.

As a result he had gained the affectionate nickname of "Mr Christmas" from staff and pupils.

The suggestion to pay tribute to Mr Orme in this way came from pupil Archie and the whole school agreed that it was a particularly apt idea.

Mr Orme has been with the school for the last 18 years, in a number of roles including being headteacher for the last ten of them.

For this final assembly the school was joined by past governors, parents and students, as well as current governors, staff and pupils.

Also making an appearance was Rev Penny Prince, a familiar face in the parishes of Breage, Godolphin and Germoe.

They all helped mark his departure and the beginning of his new life in Scotland, where he has now relocated to be with family.

However, while he may be gone he will not be forgotten.

A school spokesperson said: "As Mr Orme tells our year sixes each summer, no one ever truly leaves Breage School.

"However far away you get, you always carry a bit of it with you in your heart and in your memories."

The assembly was followed by refreshments for everyone who had gathered together.

Taking on the role of headteacher for the rest of the school year is Jayne Banner, who has been deputy head at Parc Eglos School in Helston for the last five years.

She has taken on the position of interim headteacher until September 2020 and said: "I am very much looking forward to working with everyone and being part of Breage School."