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School reunion celebrates 70th birthdays

By Kyle Ritchie

A Macduff High School class reunion has celebrated the former pupils reaching their 70th birthdays.

The group started at the school in 1961 and the event at the town's Knowes Hotel was a chance for attendees to reminisce on days gone by.

The reunion was organised by Julie Zeilinski, Anne Ludgate, Moira McRonald and Lynda Reid.

The class reunion was celebrated at The Knowes Hotel in Macduff.
The class reunion was celebrated at The Knowes Hotel in Macduff.

Mrs Reid said: "All pupils started at Macduff High School after passing the 11 plus exam in 1961.

"The Secondary 1A class consisted of pupils from Portsoy, Whitehills, Banff, Bracoden, King Edward, Macduff and other county schools.

"The education we received was second to none and the aim of the class was to sit the civil service exam after year five.

"There were more than 6,000 pupils across the country sitting this exam and two of the pupils were placed first and second which shows the high standard of the school.

"Not all sat the civil service exam and others went on to become teachers, bank managers, a dental hygienist, a wren in the armed forces, a professional diver and other professions.

"A lot of attendees had not seen one another for around 54 years and the reunion was to mark the pupils reaching their 70th birthdays.

"A lot of work was done by Julie to find the former pupils as they are now scattered around Scotland, England and overseas.

"The enthusiasm was tremendous and a right good night was had by all.

"Great chat, great stories and lots to catch up on all those years ago, so much so, that the date has already been set for the 2020 reunion."

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