Montrose Academy held a fun-filled weekend of events at the school to mark its bicentenary.
Generations of Montrosians – from former pupils and teachers to current members of staff and students – gathered at the school to mark 200 years since the foundation stone was laid on the original building designed by David Logan in 1815.
On Friday night there was a roller disco in the school’s canteen, as well as a funfair which also ran on Saturday.
There was an action packed day on Saturday with tours of the Academy, including an old fashioned classroom, a range of school archives on display, science experiments for youngsters, plus the Montrose Emergency Services (MESG) annual It’s A Knockout contest on the field adjacent to the school.
Diane Robertson, chairwoman of Montrose Academy’s bicentenary committee, said: “It was a great weekend which was well-attended.
“We’ve had people asking us if we will put on the event every year. We won’t be able to it every year but we might think about holding it every five years.
“We had lots of ex-pupils and teachers attending and former pupils came from London, Hull and as far as Canada.
“Only last week we discovered there had been a 150th anniversary celebration of the school, which we were unaware of.
“I saw one man looking at part of the school and when I spoke to him he said he’d been one of the builders who constructed it.
“The tours were really popular. The archives, old classroom and science experiments also proved really popular.
“The bicentenary committee worked really hard and we worked closely with Montrose Emergency Services to make it a community event.
“We’d like to thank them, as well as The Rotary Club of Montrose, who also helped out.”
Eight teams – Montrose Sports Centre, Montrose Air Trainings Corps, Angus Polis, Maggies Fitness, Links Park Community Trust, Transplant Ambassadors, Angus Sports Development and Montrose Academy – battled it out for the ‘coveted’ MESG toilet seat and shield.
Angus Sports Development were crowned this year’s champions and won tickets to The Big School Reunion 80’s Night at the Town Hall on Saturday, August 29, when The Blow Monkeys and China Crisis will take to the stage.
There was a cash donation on entry for the Knockout competition, the proceeds of which will go to local ‘Angel’ Jon Leith-McGaw (7), who lives out at Craigo with his family.
Jon suffers from Angelman Syndrome - a rare neurological condition which means so-called ‘Angels’ constantly smile and laugh but have severe learning disabilities, often never being able to speak or walk.
Youngsters Aimee Milne (8) and Keira Hamilton (9) had their hair cut at the event and the money they raised will be split between Jon and The Little Princess Trust.
MESG chairman Ally Hutchison said: “On behalf of team MESG I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s Bicentenary Knockout.
“The eight participating teams entered into the spirit of the games and made the event a great spectacle.
“Special thanks go to the senior management team at Montrose Academy, North East Promotions, Montrose Rope and Sail, Douglas F Mitchell Haulage Contractors Macphie of Glenbervie, Jim Simpson, brave Aimee and Kiera and the star of the show, young Jon Leith-McGaw!
“We are looking for local companies to help sponsor next years event. If anyone is interested in doing so please contact us at email@example.com.”
The event was part of Montrose Academy’s ongoing celebrations of the school’s 200th anniversary, which started in February with the burying of a time capsule after the original one to mark the school’s opening was accidently dug up in the 1950s. The celebrations will run until next February.
Freelance photographer Brian Smith was on hand to capture the action and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by Johnton Press communities hub deputy editor Julie Currie. Enjoy folks!