Former Borders MP goes back to Tweedbank school for birthday party

Tweedbank Primary School celebrates forty years.
Tweedbank Primary School celebrates forty years.

Guests including former Borders MP David Steel helped one of the region’s primary schools celebrate its 40th anniversary last week.

It was the ex-Liberal Democrat leader, now Baron Steel of Aikwood, who opened Tweedbank Primary back in 1976, so current headteacher Alyson Weir invited him back for its birthday party to take a trip down memory lane.

Pupils welcomed visitors to the open afternoon.

Pupils welcomed visitors to the open afternoon.

She said: “The school is 40 years old, so we couldn’t let October go by without celebrating that.

“We did an assembly with the children about the anniversary, and it’s fascinating to see some ex-pupils here today finding themselves in photos and reminiscing.”

Also there to help cut the birthday cake for the Cotgreen Road school were Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker and Gerald Maitland-Carew, lord-lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.

Lord Steel said: “The 40 years have flown by.

Visitors were invited to join in the classes.

Visitors were invited to join in the classes.

“Tweedbank was just a community in its infancy when the school opened, and now it is a really great town made even greater by the arrival of the railway.

“I was here when they opened the extension too, and it has been a great success.”

Tweedbank Primary opened with 150 pupils under headteacher George Wilson and saw a drop in numbers during the 1980s before returning to around 150.

Captain Maitland-Carew said: “This school has a real buzz of interest, fun and all the things that a primary school should have.”

Former headteacher Findlay Ferguson added: “It’s great to come back today.”

“I enjoyed 25 very busy years at the school.

“There was always something different about Tweebank because it was always changing.

“It was quite unique as it was a school very much on its own and serving a big community.