Pupils take step back in time with Mark

Gordon Highlander equipment and uniform were on display.

Gordon Highlander equipment and uniform were on display.

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Over 120 Fraserburgh primary school pupils in year seven took a step back in time to experience life as a Gordon Highlander at a recent event at Fraserburgh Library.

The event featured local author Mark Jackson talking about his colourful adventure story, ‘The Revenge of Colonel Blood’.

He was joined by Jesper Ericsson and Tess McLean of The Gordon Highlanders Museum who had brought along with them equipment and uniforms used and worn by the Gordon Highlanders in both the Boer War and the First World War.

“The hero of the story is ‘Mac of the Gordons’ and the children were able to handle the equipment and get a feel for how it would have been for Mac and his comrades in the harsh environment of South Africa and the very different experience of life in the trenches of Flanders,” explained Mark.

The pupils from St Andrews School and South Park School were very enthusiastic and some were already very knowledgeable.

“The pupils were a credit to their schools. I had a great time and I hope that they did too.

“I am very grateful to Jesper and Tess of The Gordon Highlanders Museum for coming along and sharing their expertise and showing us just a small glimpse of the Museum’s wonderful collection.

“Fraserburgh Library was the ideal venue and the staff were fantastic in making this event possible,” he added.

The day-long event concluded with a family session in the evening, which was also saw a former Gordon in attendance.

Mark’s book is available to buy locally at R&S Dyga, Stephens, and the Galleon. It is also available on the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and the i-Bookstore.