Pupils at Inverallochy School have enjoyed a very special fourth year of the ‘Tak the Beat’ Festival aimed at preserving the heritage and culture of the North East.
The annual festival, which enables pupils from primary 1 to primary 7 to learn and take part in a range of different activities connected with their Doric heritage, was extra special this year for a number of reasons.
The first was that many activities were filmed as part of the Dummy Jim project, the second being that the 44 fluters within the school enabled the staff and pupils to hold their own mini walk and the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.
Commenting on the festival, Eunice Stephen, headteacher said: “It follows on perfectly from the Dummy Jim project and we are delighted that Matt has been able to join us to document our festival.
“Tak the Beat is usually held in February however we held it back until May to enable the pupils to participate in outdoor activities as well.
“We visited the Reaper and Forever Grateful a modern purser which was moored alongside the Reaper, contrasting the old with the new and followed this with a visit to Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, this then led to the children creating their own boat name plaques that we will use to decorate our dining hall.
“The highlight of the festival was our mini walk through the village that saw many locals join our 44 fluters on a walk to the shorey where the children launched their paper boats.
“It was a really magical and an emotional experience as it has made everyone realise that the ‘Walk’ can be preserved and our cultural traditions will continue.”
Speaking to the Herald, the primary 7 pupils were enthusiastic about the festival and eager to explain how much they enjoyed the opportunity to learn about their culture.
Comments ranged from “I wish we could do this every term” to “It’s great to be able to speak Doric in school.”
Miss Stephen added: “I would like to thank Fraserburgh Junior Arts for the loan of costumes for our 1950s coffee morning, Chris Reid from Fraserburgh Heritage Centre for the loan of fishermen’s ganzies and William Whyte of Excelsior Fishing Co for the tour and use of his net store .”