Handy pupils recall Denholm fire

Primary 7 pupils Hannah Marshall and Daniel Hopkins get hands on at the hand tiles to commemorate the Denhoilm Primary School fire.
Primary 7 pupils Hannah Marshall and Daniel Hopkins get hands on at the hand tiles to commemorate the Denhoilm Primary School fire.

PUPILS and teachers of Denholm Primary have lent a hand to help remember the fire which destroyed the village’s former school building five years ago.

Over 120 tiles with hand prints of students and staff are on display tomorrow, along with additional information on the blaze which destroyed the previous school in 2006.

The fire, caused by a faulty heater, was reported at 7.30am by the school janitor in the playgroup room, an hour before pupils were due to arrive.

It quickly spread to the gym hall and three classrooms before firefighters managed to extinguish the flames.

With the 53-year-old school devastated, pupils were transported and taught at St Margarets RC School until October 2008, when the new school was re-built and opened on the same site.

The idea for the remembrance was mooted soon after the blaze but has taken until now, with the help of Harestanes artist Douglas Hunter, to come to fruition.

And it has had the support of local businesses, who have helped Friends of Denholm Primary School to fund the project’s £800 costs.

Mr Webster added: “We felt it was important to formally remember the fire. We took advice from Douglas and he decided to use ink that he says will last forever for the hand prints. Saturday’s open day is for parents and businesses who have supported us to see the finished work.”

Denholm PS headteacher Morag McCredie added: “It has been a super project which has involved pupils across the school. We have also had former students come back to take part and had the chance to see the new school and it has been great to see them.”