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Old Willow Burn culvert filled in

The old Willow Burn culvert now filled in.
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Picture added on 25 January 2012 at 11:48
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I wonder how many times I got "weet feet" playing in the willow burn? I used to live in the house in the left of the photo when I was a lad!
Added by Brian Findlay on 25 January 2012
Papdale's Head got her feet weet in more recent years fetching a car round for a visiting speaker. Where was a camera? That was the day of the flooding.
Added by Barbara Johnston on 26 January 2012
Papdale pupils, especially the budding footballers, used to get gey fed up when playing on the pitches was forbidden, because the ground was waterlogged. This was usually for about two thirds of the year!
Added by Marlene Mainland on 29 January 2012
And a whole bundle of cash was spent draining it and laying sand on it a few years ago and I never saw any kids playing on it.
Added by W Watters on 30 January 2012
Oh no! Money down the drain...
Added by Marlene Mainland on 30 January 2012
Myself and Brian Budge organised the Papdale football scene for 15yrs during the nineties and noughties. For all of that time this area (2 pitches) was used for our training sessions, Orkney Primary School Sevens competition and internal Papdale competitions. We were fully supported by the ground staff at both Papdale & KGS and the Management team at Papdale. I guess the 'slope' was not a favourite with many people but I still have fond memories of many exciting competitions being played and it is rewarding to see a number of the participants now forming part of the senior football teams in Orkney.
Added by John Foulis on 01 February 2012
John, you and Brian's contribution to youth football was outstanding and very much appreciated by the school. The limits to pitch use were set during the school day, but come 3.30pm the intrepid footballers were indeed out there, in all weathers!
Added by Marlene Mainland on 01 February 2012
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