Published: 26/09/2017 08:55 - Updated: 18/09/2017 16:44

More than 100 attend school reunion event

School reunionAROUND 100 people enjoyed a trip down Memory Lane at the annual Forres Academy school reunion lunch.

Former pupils, this year aged 60-90 and from as far afield as Australia, met old friends and made new ones during a meal, chat and a sing-song at the Mosset Tavern.

The event started with a light-hearted register before a two-course buffet.

Former schoolboy Alex Ross, who enjoyed wood-turning as a pupil and has recently taken it up again, presented a gavel he made to coorganiser Vima Tulloch.

Vima is retiring as organiser after more than 12 years so coorganiser Liz Phimister is looking for a new helper.

Vima said: “Thank you to everyone for supporting me, Liz and former organiser Brenda Maclean over the years. “I hope everyone continues to return as they have done, year-in-year-out.

“I’ll be there next year with my gavel!”

This year’s luncheon group sang ‘The School Song’, which was written by Dr J. B. Ritchie to mark the opening of Forres Academy in 1926.

The piece, first sung on Armistace Day, 1927, was originally dedicated to the old boys who fell in the Great War.

Liz has helped organise the school reunion since it started in 1995 to mark 50 years since the class of 1945.

She said: “Quite a few folk came for the first time this year and a number of names have been put forward for next year already!”

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