The school may be closing its doors for the final time in just over a week, but residents in Tanshall were determined to throw a party and put a smile back on people’s faces all the same.
And that’s just what they did, as hundreds descended on the west Glenrothes community for a special street party and children’s gala.
Community help at Tanshall (CH@T), the group responsible for organising the event, secured funding that allowed it to make all of the numerous rides and attractions, spread far and wide across the school playing fields, free for youngsters.
A pipe band-led procession, from Glenwood precinct to the school, preceded the gala party, with fun and frolics guaranteed throughout as children and families took advantage of the many attractions, including waterball surfing, horse rides, sumo suit wrestling, exotic pet zoo, birds of prey and the obligatory face painting and ever-popular bouncy castles.
“We had an amazing turn out to what was the biggest community event we’ve ever held,” said Euan Howells, one of the organisers.
“It’s been a very emotional time for many people locally and, with the school about to close, that feeling will continue for some time yet, so we were determined to keep people smiling and put on a show to prove that Tanshall will survive a blow like losing its school.”
The school, which closes for the final time on July 3, was also the venue for a talent show the same evening, with 13 acts battling to take home one of three cash prizes.
P7 pupils Stephanie and Amy, two young dancers took third prize and £50, 2-Piece, a guitar and singing duo secured second place with the top prize awarded to local Glenrothes 15-year-old teenager Jak Kelly, who sang his way to £150.
Standing ovation as the final curtain falls
Pupils graced the Tanshall stage for the very last time this week as the school performed its final play before it faces the final curtain on July 3.
Youngsters from across all ages played their part in a specially written production entitled ‘Those Were The Days’, which detailed the life of the school since it was built in 1964 right up to the present day and beyond, into the future, as pupils acted out a P7 reunion set in 2030!
With hardly a dry eye in the house, the final act was greeted with standing ovations and cheers for more.
It proved a fitting final tribute to the school by the current pupils and staff, who represent the heartbeat and life and soul of the school over its 51-year lifespan.