High school staff in East Lancashire have given their Year 11s a send off to remember.

With most schools closing on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak, Year 11s across the country waved goodbye to their teachers and friends as they left school for the last time.

GCSE exams were cancelled and many pupils in the latter years of their education might never get a chance to go back to a classroom environment.

As a celebratory gesture for all their hard work, and to provide them with some hope for the future, Staff from The Hollins in Accrington gave their pupils the Guard of Honour, while teachers from St Wilfrid's Academy in Blackburn filmed a special version of Don McLean's American Pie.

Headteacher at The Hollins, Steve Campbell said: "With the sudden news that schools were to close and GCSE exams were cancelled our Year 11 pupils had their plans for the future thrown into turmoil.

"We reassured them of our support and gave them a send off they would never forget.

"It was an emotional experience for staff and pupils but a lovely way to end their time at The Hollins.

"I would like to thank our fantastic staff for all the kind words and support they gave this great group of pupils."

A spokesperson for St Wilfrid's said: "What a crazy end to your time with us.

"We think you're amazing and you truly do deserve a great send-off.

"We hope today was incredible for you all.

"Thank you for everything you've added to the life of St Wilfrid's while you've been with us - we look forward to welcoming all those returning in September for Sixth Form."