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Invergordon Academy
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Invergordon Academy

The date is a guess. I think this is of two classes (or maybe a large primary 1 with some rising fives?).
Picture added on 08 September 2004
The good-looking guy at the back cannot be anyone but George Strachan whose Mom and Dad had the newspaper shop on High St. across from the old Academy, now the library!
Added by Joan Zaratian (nee Dalgarno) on 29 September 2004
Yes definitely Geordie Strachan, recognize a Will boy there also maybe Logan Will and looks like Dennis Mellon next to him? 3rd and 2nd from end... back row
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 September 2004
This is '52 not '53 and it's the combination of the '51/'52 Year 1 class and it's the Easter intake for the following year 1.
Names I have are:
Back row: Geo Strachan, Robert Munro, ?, Douglas Lennox, John Chalmers(Angus), Torquil Cowan, Logan Wills, Dennis Mellon, John Gill.
Third Row:Janet Gill*, Anne Mackay, Janette Gray, Heather Mackenzie, Ishbel Mackinnon, Jeanette Girvan, Jeniffer Mackay, Pat Connel, Isabel Ross.
Second Row: ?, Margaret Ross, Wilma Munro, ?, Irene Macfarlane*, Sylvia Ross, Margaret Ross, Mary Ledingham*, Margo? Colquhon*, Margaret(?) Mauchline*, Seonaid Lyall*, Alex Munro, Robert Kemp*.
Front row: Brian Mackenzie*, P? Maclaren, Andrew Mitchell, Norman MacRae, George Anderson, ?, Blake Budge, ?, Nigel Benson.
* are from the Easter intake, possibly, plus the ? folk Anne Mackay, Logan Will and Dennis Mellon were definitely in the Easter intake in '51.
Added by Isabel Kilkenny (nee Ross) on 24 October 2004
P Maclaren was Peter, I think. John Gill was of Rosskeen farm. Douglas Lennox went to Australia, came back to primary 7 then went back to Australia on graduating. Robert Kemp left the area; I left the area; Norman Macrae left. Did anyone stay?
Added by Brian McKenzie on 25 October 2004
Yes, that is me on the front row sitting beside Brian McKenzie.
Added by Peter McLaren on 29 October 2004
Peter, then your sister must be Bunty whom I went to school with?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 October 2004
Harry, Bunty (or Margaret) is my sister and my brother is John. Bunty still lives in Invergordon and John in Perth-Shire. I've lived in Hertfordshire for the last 37 years and work for the NHS currently managing a Community Mental Health Team.
Added by Peter McLaren on 16 January 2005
Look at those knees. The poor wee souls - they must have been freezing. I hope the end-game is not a prediliction for arthritis!
Added by anon on 18 January 2005
Not at all - look at the jumpers and shirts and vests no doubt - plus it's spring/early summer as the Easter intake are there. Any way, my knees are ok so far.
Added by anon on 19 January 2005
I think you will find that the Will boy is not Logan but James.
Added by Douglas Will on 28 February 2006
Hi, I'm Logan Will's daughter. Sorry, but can you please get his last name right - it's Will, not Wills, and the same with the rest of my uncles.
Added by Kimberly Will on 07 April 2006
Come on folks - do you not remember getting taught punctuation while you were at school? What could you have been doing??????
Added by Jillian on 19 April 2006
Margo ? would be Margo Mactaggart.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 20 April 2006
Can anyone tell me if the Jeniffer Mackay, next to Pat Connel and Jeanette Girvan, is my mum who is now Jeniffer MacRae living in Alness? She married Gordon Mclachlan and the had The Wheel Inn at Novar.
Added by Lorraine Groves on 08 June 2006
picture #640 shows Jennifer Mackay (as she was then) in the Red Cross.
Added by Duncan Murray on 15 June 2006
Can't say about her being your mum but it is definitely the same person. Also knew Gordon well in my younger days and spoke to Jennifer only a couple of days ago. Jennifer and Gloria, her sister, lived in the same street as I did in Invergordon. I see both of them quite often as we now are resident in Alness but not in the same street.
Added by Duncan Murray on 15 June 2006
Hello Duncan, thanks for letting me know about photo. Did you live in Gordon Terrace? Going down to see dad this weekend, have you put in right number for photo of mum in red cross - #640 is hockey team.

(I believe it is actually picture #660 - Site Admin.)
Added by Lorraine Groves on 16 June 2006
Lorraine..sorry if I quoted the wrong number of photo..and yes when we moved from Joss street it was to Gordon Terrace...your uncle Dennis and auntie Cilla were our neighbours..I moved to Alness when I got married..and see your mum and Gloria quite often..they're away on holiday at the moment...
Added by Duncan Murray on 17 June 2006
Hello Duncan, Dad was telling me about how you used to go to the dances altogether on Saturday nights, and playing cards on Sunday afternoons at Invergordon chippie, down off King Street. He says to say hello - no chance of seeing his name on here - computers are not him.
Added by Lorraine Groves on 19 June 2006
That's me, second from left, second row - Wendy Hayward, nee Munro.
Added by Wendy Hayward on 07 October 2006
Yes, that is my brother Blake Budge in the front row. He is now working in Dubai for an American firm. We lived in 15 King George from 1952 until my parents passed away. Father worked in the dockyard as a gate keeper.
Added by Dave Budge on 26 June 2008
That is me third from the right, front row. We were very fortunate as we had beautiful looking girls in our class. Often wonder where you all are.
Added by Blake Budge on 12 October 2009
I remember the Budge family at no 15 as we were at no 18 when I was little and my daughter is now at no 14, swings and roundabouts. I also remember you always had that flick at the front even then.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 14 October 2009
I remember your family at number 18. I used to deliver the Sunday papers to your house and most of King George Street for Jock the Barber. The Coghills lived at number 14.
Still have the flick, however the colour is different now.
Added by Blake Budge on 25 April 2010
I am not sure if the boy sixth from the left in the front row is me; my father was blacksmith at Achnagarron.
Added by Leslie Smith on 04 March 2012
I remember the Budge family at number 15. This is Maureen (Coghill) who used to be at number 14 King George St back in the day. I met the couple living at number 14 when I visited the street while on vacation Aug 2010.
Added by Maureen (Coghill) Patterson on 03 August 2015
That would be my daughter Kerry at no 14 Maureen. My maiden name was Askew...
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 03 August 2015
I remember the Budge family very well. I babysat for Ross and Helen's little girl Angela when they came to visit Mrs Budge. They took me for a holiday to Glenrothes and I had a lovely time. Blake and Olga stayed in Glenrothes too and we went to visit them. They were both very nice boys. Helen came to visit by chance as she was at my ex neighbours house when we stayed at Newmore, Stewart and Sandra Urquhart. It was a lovely surprise to see her and I'm sorry to hear that she passed away.
Our house was back to back with the Budge house and the Coghill's. Maureen was ages with my sister Lesley and Michael ages with me. I'm sorry Maureen I believe you called the last time you were over and I wasn't here. Lesley would have loved to have seen you after all these years so please next time let us know and we will make sure to be in.
Added by Elaine Maclellan (Ross) on 03 August 2016
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