Exhibition to mark Limerigg anniversary

Limerigg Primary is planning anniversary celebration
Limerigg Primary is planning anniversary celebration

To celebrate the 135th anniversary of the school, Limerigg Primary is hosting a photo exhibition.

Pictures from the 1900s, when it had 300 pupils to the present day with 40 youngsters on the roll, will be displayed.

Margaret Buchanan, who attended the school herself from 1959-66 and is a member of the parent council, helped to organise the exhibition.

Miss Buchanan, whose brothers and sister are included in the photo printed, said: “Limerigg is a great school and it has seen many changes in its 135 years.

“When it opened, Limerigg was a busy village with hundreds of pupils and a vibrant mining community.

“When the mines closed at the turn of the century, many people moved to pits in other parts of Scotland and abroad, so the school became much smaller.”

Five generations of Margaret’s family have studied at Limerigg and today most pupils will leave to go to Braes High in Reddingmuirhead but at one point Limerigg was a junior secondary, providing education to children right up until they left school.

When it became a primary school only, pupils could attend Slamannan Junior Secondary, Falkirk High or Falkirk Technical School - depending on how well they did in their 11-plus exams.

Miss Buchannan added: “We hope as many people as possible come to the exhibition – whether they be former pupils, teachers or just people who like to look at old photos.”

Pictured are, from left, back row, Gabriel Johnstone, Kenneth Robertson, Leonard Ogilvie, Tom Baird, Norman Simpson, Marshall Young, Gilbert Johnstone, Andrew Buchanan, Mr Craik; third row, Betty Young, Elspeth Kay, Lillias McGarry, Eileen Guiney, Marion Mailer, Ann Whiteside, Annie Baird, Christine Ogilvie, Betty Harvie; second row, Ann Craik, Clair Duncan, Isabel Buchanan, Isabel Beattie, Ann Byrne, Nancy Johnstone, Ann Rintoul, Betty Byrne; front row, Bobby McGarry, John Baillie, Andrew Baird, Sonny McGarry, Alex Buchanan, Douglas McKay, Bobby Harvie, John Johnstone, Sandy Taylor.

The exhibition of photos will be held in the school on Friday, June 17 from 1.30- 3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.