A CENTURY AND A HALF OF LEARNING AT WALKERBURN

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WALKERBURN Primary School celebrated its 150th anniversary this month – and there is also more than a year’s worth of events planned to mark the milestone.

It was on January 13, 1862, that the school opened its doors for the first time to educate the children of the village and surrounding area.

Among the events planned are reunions for former pupils and staff. A committee has been working to organise things – and anyone wishing to be involved should log onto the school’s 150th anniversary webpage to reminisce over old school photographs and share their own stories or anecdotes.

Organisers have information on the four former pupils who have received royal honours – three MBEs and one CBE. They also want to hear from former pupils who have trades, businesses, work in the health or caring professions, education, engineering, social work etc., and where they are now.

Have you worked far afield or have you remained or returned to the area? Also, how do you serve your community?

If you attended the school – as a pupil or member of staff – get in touch via walkerburnps@scotborders.gov.uk, write to Walkerburn Primary School, Caberston Road, Walkerburn, Peeblesshire EH44 6AU, or telephone 01896 870235.

The celebrations started with a short assembly last Friday where each child and member of staff received a commemorative brooch/pin (these are also available for sale to the public for £3 each) – and everyone also got a tub of Caldwell’s ice-cream.