Niddrie Mill School
About 3 miles
ESE of the centre of Edinburgh
Old Town, Edinburgh
was browsing, messages
from people talking about going to camp.
They reminded me of my visit to Aberfoyle
Camp with Niddrie Mill Primary School.
Our teacher was Miss Henderson, and I think we were
aged around ten at the time."
"It it was early spring, possibly March, and not the best time of
the year to be out walking the hills in all
weathers. We were constantly soaked. Each
evening, when we returned to camp, we had
to get changed into dry clothes.
By the time a couple of days had passed,
no-one had any clothes left, and there
were wet clothes strung out all across the bunkhouse.
In the morning you would try and find the driest of all to
of us who weren't in sick-bay all enjoyed the trip. Unknown to
us, James Dickson had not wanted to miss the trip.
He had Tonsillitis, which he unselfishly shared about.
The food wasn't bad, and the sing-alongs
were a laugh and even wandering about in the pouring rain was good,
but the best bit was the fancy dress party on the Saturday night."
helped out with the fancy dress where she
could,but the ideas were all our own, and
we had to make do with what was to hand. I'm pleased to say Jimmy
Livesey (Peem) and I won it.
We were Dick
Whittington and his cat. Peem was
the cat because he was small. When it was our time to parade before
the judges, Peem, who was in a pair of my thick black school tights
and a black polo jersey and somebody's
black belt for a tail.
stopped and meowed and rubbed up against my legs, and everyone was
helpless laughing. I think that
knocked it off for us."
"On the Sunday,
everyone's parents came to visit, and by this time, the sick-bay
was full to bursting. Only a hardy
few who were well.
I had no voice at all and my throat was like broken glass.
I'd been given asprin like everyone else, but when my
folks found me, my Mum hit the roof and told the teacher she was
taking me home where we should all have been."
Lyndsay (formerly Lynda) Montgomery): Old Town,
Edinburgh: September 1, 2008