Melrose youngsters get into the Abbey habit

Melrose P5 pupils act as tour guides for the day at Melrose Abbey passing on their knowledge learnt in class to parties of tourists.

Melrose P5 pupils act as tour guides for the day at Melrose Abbey passing on their knowledge learnt in class to parties of tourists.

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LOCAL dignitaries, representatives from Historic Scotland, parents and teachers witness the transformation of schoolchildren into Melrose monks on Tuesday.

The Melrose P5 pupils have studied what the lives of monks were like in the town’s famous abbey as well as the history of the structure itself for their role as guides to schoolchildren and others throughout the rest of the year.

It is the second year the local schoolchildren have offered their services in the joint Historic Scotland and Melrose primary school initiative.

Tuesday was the launch of this year’s Melrose Abbey Tour Guides when visitors were introduced to gargoyles, a bagpipe playing pig, dragons, sacred saints, gravestones and learned about Robert the Bruce’s heart hidden in a casket at the abbey.

The current P6 class were the first young Melrose guides to take visitors around the ancient and historic abbey in costume.

P5 class teacher Chris Johnston said: “P6 did the initial launch and now P5 are taking it on board. This is the first opportunity for my class to be guides. They have had scripts to learn. It really does bring the abbey to life.”

She continued: “It is going to be an annual thing and part of the school. It ticks all the boxes of the Curriculum for Excellence.”