Portree

The Oban Times - - Districts -

FOR­MER pupils of Portree high school who resided in El­gin Hos­tel are be­ing in­vited back to the build­ing that they once called home.

On Satur­day Au­gust 13 for­mer res­i­dents will gather to see what was the boys’ hos­tel for those at­tend­ing the high school.

The hos­tel has un­der­gone ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment and is now about to re­open as a mixed girls and boys hos­tel for the school.

For­mer pupil Murdo Beaton said: ‘Al­though the build­ing looks the same from the out­side, in­side it is very dif­fer­ent in­deed, but for­mer pupils will surely find it suf­fi­cient to trig­ger many nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries.

‘This will be a unique, and re­ally a fi­nal op­por­tu­nity, for those who knew the orig­i­nal build­ing to visit, to rem­i­nisce, to say farewell to what was, and to wel­come what is new.’

There will be short in­ter­views con­ducted with any­one who wants to share anec­dotes and mem­o­ries for a Ra­dio nan Gaid­heal pro­gramme.

Vis­i­tors will have an op­por­tu­nity to take a tour of the re­fur­bished build­ing and view a dis­play of ar­chive ma­te­rial and pho­to­graphs.

El­gin Hos­tel in Portree that used to be home to boys at­tend­ing the high school.

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