Proud day for Newburgh team in school quiz final

Newburgh,left to right, Scott Cumming, John Leith, Johnnie Mackay, Calum Cumming and Eleanor Harper.
Newburgh,left to right, Scott Cumming, John Leith, Johnnie Mackay, Calum Cumming and Eleanor Harper.

When Newburgh Mathers School entered a Rotary Club quiz, a local grandfather never thought he would get a day at Perth to follow the progress of the team.

But on Saturday Joe Russell and grandson Johnnie Mackay, captain of the five-strong team, were on their way to Perth racecourse to participate in the final of the primary school quiz.

Newburgh were also represented by twins Scott and Calum Cumming, Eleanor Harper and John Leith.

Mr Russell was one of the many supporters of the 16 teams in the final who filled the indoor area at Perth Racecourse.

He said: “When Newburgh Mathers entered the competition I thought they would do well, there are some bright youngsters at the school, but getting to the final after qualifying at Oldmeldrum was just brilliant.”

Mr Russell was happy to see his grandson’s team finish 10th, 11 points behind the winners of the competition, St Margaret’s Primary School, Dunfermline.

He added: “There was a wonderful atmosphere as the teams from all over Scotland battled it out, answering some very difficult questions.

“They scored 88 out of 120, making all of us who travelled from Newburgh very, very proud. It was a great day out.”

The winners of the Oldmeldrum heat, Buchanhaven Primary, Peterhead, were 15th.