Ann Cruickshank

This Friday sees the retirement of Ann Cruickshank after 33 years of service to Musselburgh Grammar School’s Music Department. As this coincides with the beginning of the October holiday, Ann decided to throw a retirement ceilidh/party last night in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange. It was a fantastic occasion and Ann was clearly over the moon to be sharing the evening with so many friends and colleagues, past and present.

The ceilidh music was provided by Laurie Crump and friends. Laurie is the husband of MGS’s universally popular, and boundlessly talented Woodwind Instructor, Juliet Aspley. Between ceilidh sets, there were sessions of lovely solo jazz guitar by Robin Robertson.

Lifelong friend and guitar predecessor at MGS, Mike McGeary and I also performed a short, affectionate send-off to Ann. Between us, Mike and I represent 26 years of collegiality with Ann and it’s always nice when a send-off takes the form of the activity that brought us together.

Always one of the first in the building each morning and with barely a day’s absence since 1975, Ann will be a much missed member of staff.

Thanks for everything, Ann, and don’t be a stranger now.

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  1. Monday,3rd of November 2008
    I am sorry it has taken me so long to make a comment.
    I have been in bed with a bad cold/chest infection for a few weeks.
    Just can’t seem to shake it off.
    (Am I suffering withdrawal symptoms?)
    Thank you for your contribution to the party. (I don’t just mean the duet with Mike McGeary) You enter into the spirit of every occasion I have seen you at and this was no
    exception…kitted out in your kilt and dancing feet, you charmed everyone.
    I am left with happy memories of a wonderful evening.

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