Tremendous turnout for Pittenweem’s centenary

Jessie Gay with Hannah Gay, Elaine Paterson and Jeanette Shaw''(c) David Wardle
Jessie Gay with Hannah Gay, Elaine Paterson and Jeanette Shaw''(c) David Wardle

Pittenweem Primary School’s centenary celebrations got off with a bang – and a few gusts – at the weekend, as the community turned out for a hugely successful open day to mark the momentous anniversary.

As well as a massive display of old pictures, artefacts and memories inside, there was plenty for the younger generation to enjoy outside, such as mini-golf, a bouncy castle and other stalls.

Head teacher Elaine Paterson said she was delighted with how well the day had gone.

“It went really well and we had such an amazing turnout.It was a little bit chilly outside, but the kids didn’t mind, and it meant that when we raised the flag, it really waved!”

Raising the flag were Jessie and Hannah Gay, with 96-year-old Jeanette Shaw, who had travelled thousands of miles from Australia just to take part.

“She was absolutely amazing for her age, and I think she thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Elaine.

The school’s historic display has been so popular, it will remain in the school until the end of the week for people to enjoy.

Elaine added: “I’d like to thank Hazel Cardigan, who did a lot of the research and did the school tours on the day, Laura Hughes, who organised all of the activities on the day, Caroline Horsburgh, Tina Melville, everyone who donated things for the display and parents who helped with the baking, and the Pittenweem Inn for donating sausage rolls.”