Crimond School celebrates 50 years

The special cake was formally cut by current pupils Preston Casey Turnbull (P1) and Leah Wilson (P7)
The special cake was formally cut by current pupils Preston Casey Turnbull (P1) and Leah Wilson (P7)

Friday, November 1 was a very special day for Crimond School as it opened its doors to parents and carers, pupils past and present, their families, former members of staff and the local community.

The Open Afternoon was to celebrate the school’s 50th birthday - officially opened by Lord Boothby in October 1963.

Many people who attended on that day returned for the celebrations including Edwin Yeats, Irene Ingram (nee Reid), Sheila Rennie (nee Yule), Margaret Petrie (nee Cowie) and Beldy Blackhall (nee Watson).

Beldy had the responsible task of making gingerbread for the ex-Member of Parliament for East Aberdeenshire all those years ago.

Eager visitors were delighted to explore the newly refurbished school and to admire the bright and modern learning spaces.

When Crimond school first opened it was a Junior Secondary School and the people who had attended Crimond School at that time were finding that it looked very different indeed.

The newly upgraded toilets were much admired.

Several visitors commented on the bewildering array of modern technologies being used by the younger pupils.

Anne-Marie Laidlaw (nee Bain) said: “I think that it has been an amazing transformation.

“It was a great school then and an even better one now.”

The hall was used to display photographs, press clippings and memorabilia from the last 50 years.

A large number of people spent an hour or two on an enjoyable trip down memory lane.

Stories were shared, teacher tales compared, confessions made and clothes and hairstyles giggled over in a hall filled with laughter and fun.

Andrew Tait, headmaster in the early 1970s, travelled up from Perth for the event and said: “I am very, very impressed.

“It has been a wonderful afternoon recalling many happy memories of Crimond School and a really worthwhile visit.”