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Stromness Academy

Taken in the school gym. Can't remember all the names so have left off the ones I know for fear of upsetting someone. I think were all about 8 at the time
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Picture added on 10 March 2009
I saw this photo and got straight onto the phone to Dad, to see if he would be able to supply the names. He did say that this wasn't his class (he was in the class above), but he did spend a lot of time with some of them (and Mum says there's one or two he maybe spends too much time wi yet -eh, Wicker?).

Anyway... back row, left to right: Ali Couston, Davie Keldie, ? Nicol, ??, John Merriman, Thorfinn Clouston, John Wards, Neal Johnston, Jim Leask.
Middle row: Margaret Ireland, ??, Billy Leask, Adam Heddle, Ally Sinclair, Melvin Wick, Colin Bertram, James Taylor, Graeme Heddle, ? Spence.
Front row: Elaine Baker, Margaret Stout, Ann Yorston, Gay Scott, Margaret Skinner, Anne Robertson, Hazel Archibald, Teesh Fawns, Brenda Smith, Elizabeth McIvor, Phyllis Jamieson, Margaret Craigie.

There may well be mistakes, as well as the one or two blanks. Feel free to put us right!
Added by Graham Garson on 13 March 2009
Looks like the same Ally Sinclair that was in my class in Kirkwall! Could I be right?
Added by Barbara on 16 March 2009
Great to see this picture as I dont have a copy of this. Here are my thoughts on whos who:
Back row - Ali Clouston, Davie Keldie, Alfred Nicol, Ian Crozier??, John Merriman, Thorfinn Clouston, John Wards, Neal Johnston, James Leask
Middle row - Margaret Ireland, Angus Morrison, Billy Leask, Adam Heddle, Ally Sinclair, Melvin Wick, Cahrles Dowie, James Taylor, Graeme Heddle, Wilma Sutherland.
Front row - All right apart from Brenda Smith should be Frances Smith!!
I would be pleased to hear if anyone thinks differently.
Added by Teesh Fawns on 25 March 2009
I remember Hazel Archibal very well when I was up in Stromness about 1963 0r 1964. If am right was her fathere a policeman. Please help me out as I would like to talk to her again for old times sake.
Added by John Park on 08 May 2009
James Taylor (Middle row-Third from the right), is my uncle and now lives in Dumfries
Added by Scott MacHenry on 20 June 2009
This photo is in Stromness Museum along with many others most of which have the names on them. Worth a visit. My husband is Allie Sinclair.
Added by Hazel Sinclair on 17 October 2009
Thanks for the edit, Teesh. Wow, I'm in the Museum!
Added by Frances Smith on 05 May 2014
Spotted myself back row third from the left, I believe the lad to my left was James Wood. We were both lighthouse keeper's sons and moved away in the mid sixties.
Added by Alfred Nicoll on 31 October 2019
Hi, my name is Jim Wood, Alfred Nicoll is spot on with his comments added in October 2019! I also think Frances Smith who also commented above was a lighthouse keepers daughter. I was prompted to look this up when I found an original of this photo yesterday. Hello to Alfie Nicoll if he reads this.
Added by James (Jim) Wood on 28 December 2020
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