100 years at Buckhaven Primary: Pupils take lead role in anniversary events

Buckhaven Primary Centenary (All pics by Fife Photo Agency).  Grandmother Linda Whyte (centre) with daughters Marianne O'Neil & Heather Whyte, and grandchildren Finlay & Kyle O'Neil
Buckhaven Primary Centenary (All pics by Fife Photo Agency). Grandmother Linda Whyte (centre) with daughters Marianne O'Neil & Heather Whyte, and grandchildren Finlay & Kyle O'Neil
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Buckhaven Primary School held a double celebration to mark its 100 years in the town.

Last Friday, Pupils performed a centenary concert in Kinnear Street Community Centre - the event was formally opened by Provost of Fife Jim Leishman.

Provost Jim Leishman welcomes the audience

Provost Jim Leishman welcomes the audience

On Tuesday night the doors were thrown open for all to attend an evening which saw many former staff and pupils taking a walk down memory lane.

P7 pupils acted as tour guides, showing visitors around the classrooms which had each selected a decade from the last 100 years as a class project.

Among the visitors at the packed event was Sid Binning who was headmaster for 20 years. He said: “I can’t believe how much it’s changed physically!

“The children are bright and breezy, the staff are smiling and the whole place is alive. It’s a wonderful occasion”

The pupils perform on stage at the Centenary Concert

The pupils perform on stage at the Centenary Concert

Former pupils, father and son, Bert and Tom Pollock were back for the first time since Tom left in the 1960s, two decades after his father.

“It’s great being back,” Tom said. “I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s so recognisable and has brought back some really happy memories.”

Headteacher Lynn Dyas paid tribute to the pupils and their families for their enthusiasm and contributions to the celebrations.

“We’re so proud of all of children. They’ve really worked hard in learning about their decades.

“They’ve asked a lot of questions at home of their parents and carers and we really appreciate all their support around the centenary.

“The concert was a huge success and it’s been a privilege to be the headteacher during what is such an important year.”

Father & son ex-pupils - Tom (58) & Bert (82) Pollock

Father & son ex-pupils - Tom (58) & Bert (82) Pollock

P3 pupils with teacher Mrs Mayes, portraying the 1920s

P3 pupils with teacher Mrs Mayes, portraying the 1920s

P7 teacher Miss Doyle with pupils who portrayed the 1990s

P7 teacher Miss Doyle with pupils who portrayed the 1990s

P1 teacher Rebekah Hutton with pupils who celebrated the 1950s

P1 teacher Rebekah Hutton with pupils who celebrated the 1950s

P2 teacher Miss Wood with pupils who portrayed the 1940s & 2000s

P2 teacher Miss Wood with pupils who portrayed the 1940s & 2000s

A photograph from 1944/45 of class 10 at Buckhaven PS,  which appeared in the East Fife Mail in 1994 with Bert Pollock front row 2nd from right

A photograph from 1944/45 of class 10 at Buckhaven PS, which appeared in the East Fife Mail in 1994 with Bert Pollock front row 2nd from right