School’s 50th anniversary celebrations

St Margaret’s Roman Catholic Primary School has unveiled plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the school in Buccleuch Terrace.

A day of celebration will get under way on Saturday, September 12, with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Ss. Mary and David’s Church at 10am, after which there will be chance to catch up with old school friends over tea and coffee in the hall from 10.45-11.15am. The school will then be open until 1pm to welcome ex-pupils and staff and anyone interested in looking around while reminiscing together. This will be followed by a buffet lunch in the church hall.

It is hoped to have lots of photographs and other memorabilia on display on the day, and those who would like to loan items can do so by handing them in at the school or the church’s parish office at 15 Buccleuch Street (Tuesdays/Thursdays 11am-4pm). Items should be labelled with names and addresses to ensure their safe return.

To give event organisers an idea of numbers, anyone interested is asked to contact the parish office on 372037 or

The new school was opened on September 1, 1965, by Archbishop Gordon Gray, in the presence of the headmaster, Mr J. Whitaker; Lord Stratheden, county council convener; and other priests and dignitaries.

Songs were sung by the school choir under the leadership of Sister Mary Ian, with Mr J. Duthie at the piano and 11-year-old Ian Keeney on the accordion.