THE new Isla Primary School received a royal seal of approval on Friday morning.
The primary school, which opened its doors to the pupils of Lintrathen, Kilry and Glenisla at the beginning of the current session, was the first port of call in a whistle-stop tour of Angus by Princess Anne and her husband, Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence, which also took in the Forfar branch headquarters of the Royal British Legion in Scotland, the refurbished Signal Tower Museum in Arbroath and the social enterprise venture at Carlogie House in Carnoustie.
Under a small police escort, the Princess Royal received a warm reception from onlookers as she arrived at the £3 million Isla primary School amid blustery conditions, to be greeted by a musical welcome, courtesy of students from Carnoustie High School Band.
Princess Anne went on to meet an assembled delegation of local dignitaries and school officials, including Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville and Angus Council chief executive Richard Stiff.
This was followed by a tour of the school in the company of acting head teacher Suzanne Milne.
Ahead of the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by the Princess Royal, local councillor Iain Mackintosh praised the hard work and effort that went into the creation of the new school.
“The school is very, very important to this community,” he commented.
“We really broke new ground when we brought three communities together.”
The Princess Royal added: “I don’t underestimate bringing three schools together does have its difficulties.
“It is a real pleasure to officially open Isla Primary School.”
For more pictures of the royal visit turn to page two.