School days recalled with former teacher

Special guest at 60th birthday of Martin Blankenstein was his former primary school teacher Ann Younger who is pictured with Martin and his brothers and sisters.
Special guest at 60th birthday of Martin Blankenstein was his former primary school teacher Ann Younger who is pictured with Martin and his brothers and sisters.
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A FORMER Kirkcaldy teacher was re-united with some of her pupils recently, 50 years after she taught them at the town’s Valley Primary.

Businessman Martin Blankenstein was celebrating his 60th birthday with family and friends earlier this month when the reunion of teacher and students took place.

He told the Press: “For the first time in a few years all my brothers and sisters were together at the party. “There are six of us, and we were all brought up in Valley Gardens and went to Valley Primary.

“About a year ago I met Ann Younger, who had been a teacher of mine at school when I was seven.

“She went on to teach in Jamaica before returning to Fife.

“She came to the party and it was only when we were all together that we realised she had actually taught four out of the six of us.

“It brought back memories.”

Mrs Younger told the Press: “It was a great honour and a great pleasure to meet up with them again.

“I was very fond of their mother and we often had long chats outside the classroom door.

“Like in the usual way of Valley children, they have done so well for themselves, that was the common pattern in Valley because of the enthusiasm and interest of the parents.”

One of the other guests at the birthday party was also a pupil of Mrs Younger’s and also took the opportunity to catch up with her.