Pupils and staff urged to share mem­o­ries as doors close on Roy Bridge Pri­mary School

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times & Oban Times -

A LOCHABER vil­lage marked the end of an era as its pri­mary school closed its doors.

Friends and fam­i­lies came to­gether last Fri­day for a ‘fi­nal hoorah’ at Roy Bridge Pri­mary School.

Par­ents and the High­land Coun­cil agreed to moth­ball the school, as re­ported in the Lochaber Times, fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween mem­bers of Roy Bridge Par­ent Coun­cil and Norma Young, care and learn­ing man­ager for High­land Coun­cil, on March 13.

The three pupils who at­tended the school have now trans­ferred to Spean Bridge Pri­mary School.

Deirdre MacDon­ald, a teacher at Banavie Pri­mary School, has started a Face­book group Roy Bridge Pri­mary School Past Pupils to bring to­gether pre­vi­ous staff and peo­ple who at­tended the school to bid it a ‘proper farewell’.

Deirdre at­tended the school be­tween 1985 and 1992 and her mum, who lives in the vil­lage, was a teacher at the school.

She told the Lochaber Times: ‘We want to reach out to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble be­cause it was a bril­liant school and it has so many achieve­ments.

‘Although it is mothballed now, we wouldn’t want to see it close in the near fu­ture with­out mark­ing the oc­ca­sion, when it has so much his­tory. We want peo­ple to share their mem­o­ries.’

To get in touch, visit the Face­book page.

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Photography.

Left: Roy Bridge young­sters bid farewell to the school.

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