Head’s call to get involved

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The head teacher of Forfar Academy used his end of term speech to urge the people of Forfar to get involved with the new community campus.

Addressing the annual prize-giving on Thursday, Mr Melvyn Lynch spoke of the exciting future facing the school, and the Forfar community.

He said that, after the summer break, staff and pupils will be able to comment on the architect’s design briefs for the £33 million campus, which would be an ‘inter-generational facility.’

He said: “The plans to replace this school - which was opened in 1965 by the Queen Mother, with a new leisure, learning and community campus - are a significant, once in a life-time investment. We are at the launch pad of the most exciting event to hit this town in the last 50 years. I urge you all to give your input. All going well the JCB’s will move in in April and, three years from now, we will be holding our prize giving in this hall for the last time. But the building is not about bricks and mortar. It’s part of the community, it’s the people who breathe life in to it, to make it come alive. It’s an exciting challenge for the architects to make sure the dream is there for the young, middle aged and old people of Forfar and beyond. It’s our responsibility to get it right for all of us.”