Pencaitland Primary Living History

Over the coming weeks the Living History team hope to capture for posterity the experiences of people over the previous 40 (or even more) years that the school building in the Glebe has been in use by the local community in and around Pencaitland.

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Wendy Davidson
Elaine McCormack
Denise Brown
Jim Gillies
Alec Robertson

Wendy Davidson

Wendy Davidson
Wendy Davidson

Current Pencaitland Primary parents Stella Birrell and Jim Fraser interview Wendy Davidson, who was a P7 pupil in 1975, about her time at the old primary school, in what is now the Castlesound recording studio.

We hear of the boys and girls of the Dr. Barnardo’s home who came to get their early education with us.

Elaine McCormack

Elaine McCormack
Elaine McCormack

Current Pencaitland Primary School Growns Stella Birrell and Jim Fraser interview one of Pencaitland’s finest for the Living History project. Hear Elaine McCormack tell of her love of the old school and in particular her favourite teacher, the glamorous Miss Cameron…

Denise Brown

Denise Brown with her mum
Denise Brown with her mum

Pencaitland Primary parent Ralph Averbuch chats to Denise Brown about her school days as one of the very first intakes in 76′ to the new school building as part of the Living History project. Hear Denise remember summers spent picking fruit and tatties in Boggs Holdings and Huntlaw Farm…

Jim Gillies

Shamin Akhtar (left) who was interviewing Jim Gillies about his school days in Pencaitland.
Shamin Akhtar (left) who was interviewing Jim Gillies about his school days in Pencaitland.

Pencaitland mum and Labour Councillor Shamin Akhtar interviews her colleague Jim Gillies, Pencaitland boy and Depute Provost of East Lothian, about growing up in the village and his school days.

Alec Robertson

Alec Robertson (left) with Ralph Averbuch
Alec Robertson (left) with Ralph Averbuch

Alec Robertson, an alumni of Pencaitland Primary School and Ross High, popped over to the village on Sunday 15th May 2016 to chat with current parent Ralph Averbuch, about growing up and going to school in the 70s and 80s. Alec was one of the first kids to attend the new school.

He arrived in Pencaitland in 1977, moving in to the Barnardo’s Home along with some 25 others who lived there and joining the primary school in a P56 composite class. He remained in Pencaitland to the age of 15 but in 1985 the home closed down and Alec eventually resettled in Musselburgh, remaining at Ross High until the end of his 5th year.

Alec now lives with his wife and daughter in Corstorphine, having decided to remain an ‘east coaster’ since first arriving from Wishaw back in 1977.

To learn more about the events and activities being organised to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the new Pencaitland Primary School, visit the Pencaitland Primary Alumni group.