This is a sub section of Early and school days which was split as follows.
When we moved from Edinburgh we stayed in a rented downstairs flat in a house in Kirk Brae in Cults - Cults is just a few miles up the Dee from Aberdeen. This was a tempory move for several months until something could be found in Aberdeen where my father worked.
I do remember going to Cults primary and enjoying the atmosphere of a country school. Unfortunately the school is long gone, and so I do not have a photograph. I remember the children from outlying areas came to school in a taxi - I guess this was more economical for the local authority than a school bus. Unfortunately I cannot remember the names of any class mates - I will need to see what I can find on Friends Reunited to see if that jogs any sleeping memory cells.
What else do I remember about Broomhill? Well I remember listening to the schools music programmes on the radio with "Blow the Wind Southerly" by Joan Sutherland, and then we would all sing along too. I remember the student teachers and the problems we posed them - but not when their examiner was there. I remember the school sweet shop opposite the school. I remember that I was at Broomhill when the first Yo-Yo chocolate biscuit was launched. And I remember playtime when we had sword fights as Highlanders against the English, or collecting cigarette cards. We played a game to win more taking it in turns to hold the card at right angles to the wall of the bicycle shed, and then letting it flutter to the ground. If it landed on another card, you got to keep all the cards on the ground. And then of course looking back I am impressed by the way the games we played followed a seasonal pattern. How did we all know simultaneously that it was time to put away the cards and get the marbles out - conker time was easier to explain. I remember three of us each buying a different comic - one bought the Topper, another the Beano, and the third the Eagle. Then we would swap and swap again and then get our original comic back again. It was Ian McKenzie who bought the Eagle, so it was only fair he got it back again with its prized middle page. Any fee gifts with the comics were not circulated. We were friends, but not stupid.
These were the golden days of childhood that we all cherish - when summer holidays seemed so long but went by so quickly. With family picnics up Deeside at the weekend. Going to the pictures twice a week, ice skating on Saturday afternoons - and going down the beach (which we still do). And so you had started primary as a tiny child, and then it was time to leave as a "big boy" - and repeat the cycle with the trauma of friends being scattered and having to start again as a stranger at secondary school, back again to being a tiny.
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