Ral­ly­ing cry for rock­ing horse in­for­ma­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

THE SEARCH is on for the fa­mous rock­ing horse that was part and par­cel of the early years’ ex­pe­ri­ence for gen­er­a­tions of pri­mary one pupils in the for­mer Rock­field Pri­mary School, now The Rock­field Cen­tre.

The rock­ing horse is fondly re­mem­bered since it resided in the pri­mary one class­room which, was for many years, was Miss MacGilivray’s do­main.

Jack Deg­nan, the last head­teacher be­fore the move to the new Rock­field School, thought the horse was bro­ken and put into stor­age in the base­ment.

The jan­i­tor at the time set about re-fur­bish­ing it and the lit­tle horse is re­mem­bered as white or dap­pled with a real hair mane and tail mounted on a pen­du­lum rock­ing mech­a­nism. It was much-loved by ev­ery­one with some pupils remembering its name as Dob­bin.

Sadly, in the move be­tween the old to the new school the fa­mous lit­tle horse dis­ap­peared. Now the hunt is on for any in­for­ma­tion that may lead to Dob­bin’s where­abouts. Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust is also look­ing for a pic­ture of the rock­ing horse, as it has been men­tioned of­ten in the oral history pro­ject, Mem­o­ries Mat­ter, a preview of which is due to be launched in Oc­to­ber dur­ing the Mòd.

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