A topping success for region’s smallest school

Winning pizza in the County Hotel's pizza competition. Caitlin Branston, Ettrick Primary School anf fellow pupils. From left, Will Haegeland, Hamish Reid, Caitlin Branston, Angus Reid, Andrew Davidson and Trond Arne Dalby
Winning pizza in the County Hotel's pizza competition. Caitlin Branston, Ettrick Primary School anf fellow pupils. From left, Will Haegeland, Hamish Reid, Caitlin Branston, Angus Reid, Andrew Davidson and Trond Arne Dalby

THE region’s smallest primary school has made a big impression – coming up with the successful recipe for the first official Selkirk Pizza, writes Andrew Keddie.

Last week, pupils from Ettrick were invited to County Hotel’s Le Contea restaurant in Selkirk for a special party to celebrate their victory.

They were among 60 youngsters from four local schools which answered the call of the County’s Trond Dalby and Will Haegeland to come up with a design for the topping of a Selkirk Pizza.

The hopefuls had to make drawings of their creations and explain why and how their toppings represented the Royal and Ancient Burgh.

Pupils at Lilliesleaf presented salami, peppers, olives and pineapple to represent their favourite ingredients.

Students at Kirkhope in Ettrickbridge promoted sliced tomato, pepperoni and blueberries to evoke the colours of Selkirk.

From Yarrow Primary came a tartan pattern to acknowledge the local textile industry with a topping of chicken and sweetcorn.

But the most popular choice with customers, after all four shortlisted toppings were put on the restaurant menu three weeks ago, was the creation of Caitlin Branston of Ettrick whose bacon, ham, mushrooms and pineapple illustrated the meeting of the Ettrick Water and Yarrow Water.

“Caitlin’s pizza was the biggest seller and tasted delicious and it will now, as promised, become a regular feature on our menu,” said Trond. From every shortlisted pizza sold, Trond and Will donated £1 to the Katie McKerracher Trust, in memory of the Ettrickbridge schoolgirl who died of diffuse pontine glioma in 2009 and, at last week’s party, Katie’s brother Fergus collected a cheque for £103.