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Next Meeting of the F.P. Association

The next meeting of The Gordon Schools’ Former Pupils’ Association will be held at the offices of Rizza’s factory in Steven Road, Huntly, on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at 7 p.m. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up.

 

Two Former Pupils Retire

Last orders were taken last week after nearly fifty years at the bar.

The Huntly Express, 21/04/17 

 

Congratulations to Rizza’s of Huntly

Congratulations to owners of Rizza’s of Huntly, Philip and Nora Morrison, on being awarded ‘The Herald’ Rural Family Business of the year. They are pictured with family members Fiona and Donald. Nora Morrison is President of the Former Pupils’ Association. Press cuttings:

Rizza’s 1 Rizza’s 2

Huntly Express

 

Guest Book Signed

For more details please click on Guest Book above.
 

Wilma Dean-Prasad - "Living in Dallas Texas now"

John A.M. Bisset - ”Attended school 9/1939 for a year ... Remember my friend John Law.”

Alan Gordon - ”I attended the Gordon Schools between 1982 and 1986. I was in Gordon House.”

Sharon Gray (nee Taylor) - ”I attended Gordon Secondary School from 1985 ...”

Darren Millar - ”Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”

Joyce McGroarty (nee Finlay) - ”Great to find Lorna Chisholm ...”

Steven Arthur (Bushy) - ”sorry I missed the school reunion ...”

Heather Small (Anton) - ”Happy memories!!”

Glynis Lorina Eastmond - ”Was at the school from 1956 to 1960. ...”

Carol McCartie - ”I was a pupil 1974 - 1979.”

Charles MacPherson - He asks:”Anne McCauley Aren’t you Charlie Smith’s sister?”

George Riddoch - better known as Ridgy - attended The Gordon Schools from 1939 to 1951.

Brian Sandison: ”I remember about half the faces in Stanley’s photo of 1A boys 1959/60 ...”

J. Brown, 2004 to 2009, presently at Abertay University.

Philip Roger, 1968 to 69, Fairhall Farm, ”looking to get in touch with the Paterson family who lived at the end of our driveway”.

Maureen Newlands, nee Richards, 1962 to 1966.

This entry in the Guest Book is from Charlie McPherson: ”Nice to see some of the old class mates in the photos!”

David Smart signed the Guest Book (09/07/15). He is hoping that someone may have photographs of 1a girls and 1c girls (1959/60).

Stanley T. Fraser signed the Guest Book (28/06/15). He offers to share a photograph of class 1a boys from 1959/60. (The photograph has now been received. Thank you, Stan Fraser. Please click to see 1a boys - 1959/60.)

The Guest Book has been signed by Willson Raeburn Morrison. In his message he mentions John Anderson, Gordon Beverley and Ann Begg.

On February 11th, 2015, the Guest Book was signed by Jimmy Mason (”... recalling fond memories”) and Robert Wilson, who now lives in London.

Fiona Morrison signed the Guest Book on May 26th, 2015. She was a pupil at The Gordon Schools from 1966 to 1969.

 Class of 1959-1960

David Smart has made available the photograph of class 1b from session 1959-1960. To view, please click on the link:

Class 1b 1959-60

David has asked if anyone can make available an equivalent photograph of class 1a or 1c from that same session for placing on the website. See Guest Book. A photograh of 1a boys has been made available by Stan Fraser. Please click to view: 1a boys - 1959/60.

He has also passed on the whole school panorama from 1955. This is on the photographic page of the website. Panoramas

Angela Shearer MBE

 

Angela Shearer received her MBE from the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood in June. 

175th Celebrations: Vintage Night

As part of the 175th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of The Gordon Schools, a Vintage Night was held in June.

For further details see: Vintage Night Poster

Introduction

A welcome from the President.

 

The Association

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Next Meeting 2019

The next meeting of the Former Pupils’ Association will be held on Monday, January 7th, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the offices of Rizza’s icecream factory in Steven Road, Huntly. The items on the agenda are still to be drawn up. 
 
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Magazines

The 2014 edition of 'The School Road' has been printed and is now on sale.

 

Association News

Tributes paid to the late George Donald

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A tribute to George Donald by Jack Webster in the 'Herald' (2 October 2013) begins:

George Donald

"George Donald, who has died aged 79, was a brilliant Scottish pianist and a member of the famous 'Scotland the What?' comedy team. He grew up in Huntly and was educated at the local Gordon Schools before graduating from Aberdeen University. It was there that he met up with William D Hardie and Steve Robertson, who had already established themselves as writer and performer in the annual student shows at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen. Little did the three friends know what fame lay ahead for them as they followed their student performances by forming the Aberdeen Revue group in the late 1950s..."

For the full tribute by Jack Webster in the 'Herald', please click on the following link:

George Donald Tribute: Herald 02 09 2013

Pat Scott in 'The Huntly Express' of 4 October 2013 said:

"Born and brought up in Bleachfield Street and with just one sister, Margaret, also a talented musician, George attended The Gordon Schools and went to Aberdeen University from where he graduated with an honours degree in Modern Languages. His teaching posts included spells at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen and as Assistant Rector at Perth Academy, but he ultimately gave up teaching to become a full time entertainer...

"... George Donald never forgot his roots or his time at The Gordon Schools and in 1988 was the guest speaker at the prize giving. Retired Rector John Swan recalled this week how on that occasion George Donald spontaneously rose up to congratulate the orchestra asking the audience to join in the applause for what he described as a wonderful performance. In his prize giving address, he said that he believed his days at The Gordon Schools had set him up for life.

"In 2010, he was the guest at a reunion lunch hosted by The Gordon Schools' Former Pupils' Association..."

For the full tribute in The Huntly Express, please click on this link:

George Donald: The Huntly Express 04 10 2013

For an associated letter about George Donald in the Press & Journal by Brian Wilkins, former Rector of Ellon Academy, please go to: Letter P & J 08 10 2013

'Scotland the What?' stars Buff Hardie, George Donald and Steve Robertson were each awarded an M.B.E. in the Queen's Honours List in 1995 and received the Freedom of Aberdeen in 2008.

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