Sarisbury mum does school-run dressed as a champagne bottle to celebrate schools reopening

CELEBRATING mum Sarah Denford was joyous when her youngsters returned to classes – and dressed up as a bottle of champagne for the school run.

The Sarisbury mum wore the fancy dress outfit to celebrate pupils return to school on Monday, as she dropped off her two children to Sarisbury Junior School and Sarisbury Infant School on Monday.

As part of the government’s road-map out of lockdown, pupils across the country were able to return to in-person teaching after three months of home-schooling in lockdown.

The 28-year-old said she decided to mark the occasion after hearing how excited other mums were at the prospect of a more normal routine.

Sarah with her children Elsie, aged five, and Lilly, aged eight.

Sarah said: 'We have a mums’ group chat on WhatsApp and we were laughing about how excited we were for the kids to go back to school.

'I said I would have to do a little celebration dance and my friend said, “you should get dressed up”.

'I thought, well, now I have to.’

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Sarisbury mum Sarah Denford and her fancy dress outfit has brightened the day for parents sad to see their children return to school. Picture: Sarah Denford

After buying the costume for £24.99 from Amazon, Sarah said she had a wonderful reaction from fellow parents – and her daughters Elsie, five, and Lilly, eight, weren’t embarrassed by their mum’s antics.

She said: 'All the parents and kids loved it. We walked to school because I couldn’t drive wearing the outfit.

'Everyone really laughed when they saw me , and I got lots of messages from people saying I had made their day.'

The light-hearted celebration comes at the end of a ‘really hard’ period over lockdown, with Elsie and Lilly unable to visit their father – who is separated from Sarah - as he is shielding due to a medical condition.

Sarah, who works at the junior school, said: ‘It's been really hard, I'm not going to sugar coat it. I was on my own with them and having them home 24/7 wasn't easy. It was easier in the summer when the weather was nicer and we could enjoy being outdoors.

‘But they have been really good. They have really surprised me. They have definitely grown up a lot.’

She added: ‘If the kids had stay at home again, I think a lot of parents would be dressed up as champagne bottles on the first day back to school.’

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