Going back to school for three Inverurie senior citizens proved to be testing, but enjoyable experience which could lead to closer links with a local rambling group and local primary school.
Nora Radcliffe said, ‘’We were asked by the organiser of an intergenerational project if we would be prepared to be interviewed by pupils from Port Elphinstone Primary School about our involvement in rambling.
“We agreed and were a bit nervous at first, but in the end it was a great experience for us all.
“The youngsters asked some very searching questions, but were very polite.”
The former MSP for Gordon was accompanied by Liz Tester and Yvonne Fraser who hoped the would-be journalists from the popular little primary school would at some stage in the next year take part in a local walk with the Inverurie Ramblers.
‘’The pupils were just lovely. I hope we will meet up with them again.
“They are a credit to the school,’’ said Mrs Tester.
‘’Once we relaxed we were just fine,’’ added Mrs Fraser.
Class teacher Karen Simpson was equally enthusiastic about the part played by her charges.
“The pupils seemed to have enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to writing up the experience,’’ she said.
The pupils participating in the project were Vinnie Angus, Emma Clark, Emma Craik, Miriam Davies, Lee Morrow, Rachael Strachan, and Ben Sharp.
Among the comments fed back to the project organiser was a view of the role of the Ramblers. ‘
“You should try walking too. There are three reasons why.
“You will get as fit as Liz Tester who has made lots of friends while walking, and seen beautiful parts of Scotand where there are lots interesting things to see,” wrote Emma Clark before heading her piece ‘’Granny on the Move.’’
Ben Sharp focused on the logistics of the walking group, highlighting how older people could meet up with other walkers.
Meanwhile, Rachel Strachan told how Mrs Tester had scaled the heights of Ben Nevis and just loved walking. ‘
“Walking can change your life,’’ she said.
A visit to Port Elphinstone Primary School also proved to a life changer for the three intrepid senior citizens.