A former Peterhead Academy student has recently published a book dedicated to the folk of Buchan.
Christina Jaffe (nee Noble), was educated at the Blue Toon school and studied at Aberdeen University and Berlin before doing teacher training at Jordanhill College, Glasgow.
Her first teaching post as a teacher of modern languages was in Glasgow in the 1970s.
This was at a time when the city was plagued with violent outbursts of gang warfare against a background of mounting unemployment and poverty. From there she moved to Germany, where she taught English until she retired.
Looking back she says that her variagated experiences taught her a lot, but nothing provided her with a sturdier foundation than her North-east upbringing.
“They say a bairn’s universe is the back yard where it plays. Well, if that’s true, my universe as a child was the area between St. Combs, Peterhead and New Pitsligo, where I have memories of playing,” says Christina.
Her own school life, and later teaching experiences, are reflected in her newly published work ‘Goodby to the Bay and other stories’.
People who, like her, attended the ‘Chucknie’, the Central School and the academy, will recognise the teaching personalities depicted, even though the names are frequently changed.
On a whole, it is a tip of the hat to the folk of Buchan, to whom the book is dedicated.
The book is available from Margaret Gordon by calling 01779 821387, Jean McKinnon on 01779 474925 or you can buy it from Dyga newsagents in Fraserburgh or at the Happy Plant Garden Centre in Mintlaw. The cost of the book is £7.99 and is sure to be an ideal stocking filler in time for Christmas.
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