St Andrews Day celebrations in Formartine

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YOUNGSTERS in Formartine got into the spirit of St Andrews Day last week, with a series of ‘Scots-themed’ events across local schools.

Pupils at Meiklemill took the chance to wear tartan clothes, study Doric as a living language, and compete in the ‘Scottish photo’ competition - judged by Kenny Hutchison of the Ellon Times.

Headmistress Marlene Johnston said that the Doric displays gave youngsters an opportunity to reconnect with their native tongue.

“I’m a fluent speaker, and even I don’t know some of the words!” she said. “It gives pupils the chance to experience the richness of the language.”

She also commended the pupils for their enthusiasm in the photo competition, saying: “The quality of the entries has been fantastic.”

Meanwhile, pupils at Foveran got into the spirit of the day with Scots-themed arts and crafts in aid of ‘Kilts for Kids’. Pupils designed kilts and brooches, baked clootie dumplings, learned Scots poetry and were set to dance a ‘Virginia Reel’.