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Kilgraston's Spring Fair was fun but had a serious message at its heart...

Kilgraston’s annual Spring Fair offered fun for all the family, with a serious message at heart

Bunting was up; the jazz band was primed. Tables were awash with home-baking and local strawberries, all to the backdrop of expectant equines and a wobble of inflatable castles. A range of equipment adorned the tennis courts and enthusiastic staff stood ready for the tournament.

Kilgraston’s Spring Fair sprung into life on Sunday 19 May with the only ingredient left to chance – Mother Nature – obliging us beautifully. As accurately predicted by the BBC Weather app, at the stroke of midday, just as the first visitors arrived, clouds parted and sunshine prevailed throughout the afternoon.

Added to the fun was the serious business of raising money for the Parents’ Association and this year an impressive £1,800 total was achieved, which will go a long way to purchasing a defibrillator for the School.

The annual event, now in its fifth year under parents’ association the KPA, is much-anticipated by staff, pupils and visitors alike. The relaxed atmosphere and sense of family entertainment always kicks-off the outdoor season of events, bringing generations together.

Even the annual conundrum, of how to hang a banner, with the aid of little more than a little piece of Blue Tak and a large portion of willpower, was in attendance. So too was Mrs Stott’s regular wrestle with the public address system, and the ever-necessary lesson to the uninitiated, on how to work the School’s pavilion-residing high-tech hot drinks machine!

All part of the magical mix.

Capturing the day’s party spirit, Head Mrs MacGinty – no slouch when it comes to the fairway – threw herself into the pitching competition with her legendary swing. Unfortunately, on this occasion, Lady Luck didn’t visit, but, conceding victory, a hearty smile and handshake encapsulated the warm occasion.

Were there one, Director of Music, Mr McAuley, would have earned ‘hero of the day’ award. Undeterred by a being just a little bit saddle-sore and really rather stiff, he raced to the fairground, picked up a trumpet and belted out several foot-tapping tunes, having just spent five and a half hours completing Pitlochry’s super-tough Etape Caledonia’s 85 mile cycle route. Go Mr M!

More ‘heroes’ arrived in the form of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who very kindly gave up their Sunday afternoon to show children around the magnificent Fire Engine, while gently extolling the virtues of being vigilant around flames to the eager young crew .

A large blue teddy – newly entitled (rather incongruously) ‘Snowie’ – was won by a thrilled pupil, who whisked it away to its new, boarding house, home.

To the delight of several adults, several bottles of organic Prosecco were awarded in the raffle and super-sized bars of chocolate (much better than silverware) were presented to the thrilled winners of the hard-fought tennis tournament.

Sunshine, smiles and strawberries; perfect ingredients for yet another successful Kilgraston Spring Fair. And not a soggy bottom in sight!

See you next year.

Mairi Fraser

Thanks you to Mrs Saunders for her wonderful photographs of the event.


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