Ladies Afternoon Tea 2016

There was an impressive turnout of former pupils and staff for the annual Ladies Afternoon Tea on Saturday - including our oldest FP Flora Smith who is 107.

Guest of honour Flo joined more than 80 other Hutchie bugs at the annual gathering in Kingarth Street - and she was all smiles when she met up with current pupil Flora Ritchie (S4).

The pair last met in 2011 when Flora returned to her old school to celebrate its 100th anniversary. On Saturday her young namesake joined other current pupils to perform for the guests.

Vocalist Flora sang 'Will Ye No Come Back Again?' but she was not the only talented pupil on stage on Saturday. Catriona Adams (P6) opened the primary recital playing the bagpipes, Jock Ritchie (P7) then recited the Charles Murray poem 'The Whistle' before Owen Gould (P7) impressed guests with his cello playing.

James Buchanan (P5) had the Kingarth St ladies in stitches with his version of the poem 'Kate O' Shanter's Tale' - real comedy gold. Pianist Jennifer Jin (P7) gave a faultless performance on the piano but the star of the show was P1 musician April Macaulay who stunned the audience into silence with her fabulous fiddle skills.

The guests then enjoyed a trip down memory lane with a tour of the school - old form classes and the gym hall were on most people's must see list.

The senior pupil recital - pianist Alexander Maxwell (S6), violinist Katya Johnson (S2) and vocalist Flora then brought the afternoon to a close.

The event also hosted more than 40 former pupils who attended for the class of 1976 reunion.

The ladies - performed the Hutchesons' Girls' Grammar School song before saying a fond farewell to the School - until next year! You can see more photos from the day at Hutchesons' Flickr

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