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School introduces 50th anniversary tartan


By Kyle Ritchie


Aberchirder Primary pupils and staff have received their new school tartan, which commemorates its 50th anniversary.

One of the pupils' parents, Zandra Stuart, entered a competition which was run by Loganair and Daily Record for an entrant to have a tartan designed and woven.

Mrs Stuart suggested that Aberchirder Primary could have a tartan designed as it was the school’s 50th anniversary.

With the new tartan ties are Aberchirder Primary School Pupils Alex Barrie, Becca Brown and Alfie Dorsett. Also pictured are (back row from left): head teacher Lisa Campbell; Brenda King chairwoman of Aberchirder Community Association; Kevin Stearman of Deuchers Windfarm Community Fund and Zandra Stuart who entered the competition. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044660.
With the new tartan ties are Aberchirder Primary School Pupils Alex Barrie, Becca Brown and Alfie Dorsett. Also pictured are (back row from left): head teacher Lisa Campbell; Brenda King chairwoman of Aberchirder Community Association; Kevin Stearman of Deuchers Windfarm Community Fund and Zandra Stuart who entered the competition. Picture: Becky Saunderson. Image No.044660.

A school spokeswoman said: "The wheels were then set in motion and each child in the school designed a tartan and one winner from each class was chosen by the parent council members.

"The seven winning class designs were then sent to Loganair and an overall winner was chosen. Luke Reglinski a P3 pupil had the winning design and the Daily Record paid for Luke, his mum Suzanne, Zandra Stuart and the class teacher at the time Miss Ballantyne to travel by train to Edinburgh to see Luke’s tartan being woven at the weaving mill."

The tartan then had to be named and entered into the official tartan register. It is officially known as Aberchirder Primary School Tartan and is number 12060.

A grant of £2500 was then applied for by Aberchirder Community Association from the Deuchries Wind Farm Community Fund and it was successful in securing this which allowed for the purchase of the tartan and a tie to be made for each pupil and member of staff in school.

Moira George at Soy Kilts arranged for the tartan to be woven and sent to her store in Portsoy.

The spokeswoman added: "Moira also arranged for the manufacture of the ties. Patricia Thistle from Loganair also came to the school to present Luke with an model aeroplane which had been engraved with his name on it and incorporated the school tartan on the wings.

"A huge thank you to the Aberchirder Community Association for the grant, to Moira at Soy Kilts and especially to Zandra Stuart who entered the competition in the first place.

"We are very proud to have a tartan of our very own and in days to come there will be more items made from the tartan available to purchase from the school.

"Adult and children ties are available to purchase at present."



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