Peggy helps pupils hit high note

Party time: Stal­wart cel­e­brates two mile­stones af­ter boost­ing school

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY ANA DA SILVA

An Aberdeen stal­wart has been hon­oured by a tal­ented group of stu­dents af­ter her gen­er­ous ef­forts to pro­vide mu­si­cal in­stru­ments for them.

Peggy Fin­nie, co-founder of the city’s iconic Fin­nies Jew­ellers, cel­e­brated two ma­jor mile­stones in the com­pany of friends at St Machar Academy last night – her 80th birth­day and her 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

The grand­mother-of­nine had been busy over the last few months col­lect­ing

“More peo­ple should be giv­ing up their time to causes like this”

mu­si­cal in­stru­ments from char­ity shops around the city to do­nate to the school’s mu­sic depart­ment.

She said the school was spe­cial to her as her hus­band Ron Fin­nie once stud­ied at Powis School, now known as St Machar Academy.

Pre­vi­ously, the cou­ple had se­cured a new sound sys­tem for the as­sem­bly hall and this time around man­aged to round up 25 recorders and a new drum kit.

As a show of grat­i­tude, the school or­gan­ised a con­cert in her hon­our, with pupils of all ages per­form­ing pieces such as Elvis Pres­ley’s Can’t Help Fall­ing In Love, Don’t

Stop Be­liev­ing by Jour­ney and Bring Him Home from the hit mu­si­cal Les Mis­er­ables.

Dozens of stu­dents filled the stage to close the show by singing Happy Birth­day to Mrs Fin­nie.

Deputy head Alis­dair MacGre­gor said a few words at the end of the per­for­mance and thanked her for her “gen­eros­ity” and “warmth”.

Mrs Fin­nie said she had heard about the academy dur­ing a char­ity event and told her hus­band: “We should be sup­port­ing that school.”

She said: “I started col­lect­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments from all the char­ity shops, to the ex­tent that even­tu­ally they started com­ing to me when they had new ones in store.

“I think this is about get­ting in­volved and know­ing your city – do­ing some­thing good that isn’t just giv­ing money.

“I give a lot of my time to the school and I have been fol­low­ing some of the stu­dents for as long as five years.

“I have seen them grow more con­fi­dent on stage over the years and wanted to con­tinue to see that hap­pen.

“It’s about be­ing who you are and never for­get­ting where you came from.

“More peo­ple should be giv­ing up their time to causes like th­ese.

“I didn’t want any­thing fancy for my birth­day or our an­niver­sary – no wine bot­tles or flow­ers.

“I just wanted my friends who came to give a small do­na­tion.”

Guests were in­vited to do­nate on the evening, and all the money col­lected will go to­wards St Machar Academy’s mu­sic fac­ulty.

Pho­to­graph by Scott Bax­ter

THRILLED: Peggy Fin­nie was de­lighted by the spe­cial con­cert in her hon­our.

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