A PRIMARY school which was previously hit by a devastating fire has celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

Coed Eva Primary School celebrated the milestone with a summer fair on Saturday, ahead of the grand opening of a new £3.7 building this week.

The school’s parent teacher association spent over a year planning the fair, which included stalls, barbecues, bouncy castles, a treasure hunt and a performance by Starlight Team Wales.

PTA chairman Teri McDonald said: “The day was brilliant.

“We had a few hiccups to start with, but but I was surprised with how many people turned up even when it was raining.

“I would like to thank my PTA who worked really hard to make this a great success.”

The school also hosted Coed Eva’s Got Talent, where 12 finalists - from 60 contestants - showed off their skills.

Singer Magnus Regan, took first place, followed by Evie Osbourne - singing a Bruno Mars song - in second place.

The fayre helped the school raise £1,749.04 to replace items destroyed by the fire in January 2016.

“During the fire we lost lots of our outdoor equipment on the infant side,” added Mrs McDonald.

“We were very kindly given lots of donations by the community to rebuild play equipment outside infants.

“But the junior yard doesn’t have any play equipment, apart from a football goal and some basketball nets.

“We want a proper play area for the junior yard so that’s what we’re saving up for.”

The inferno destroyed the school’s infant and nursery block.

But the new £3.7m replacement building will be opened on Thursday.

Gill Evans - who has been headteacher since 2009 - said: “Our community spirit has always been strong.

“The fire strengthened our community spirit even further and we continue to grow for the benefits of all our children.”

Speaking of the summer fair she added: “We had a huge turnout, considering the wind and rain."