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PICTURES: Splash of colour for South Lodge Primary 50th year celebrations as fund for ‘school song’ recorded by UK chart artist gathers pace


By Niall Harkiss

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Primary kids, parents and former pupils turned out for the annual South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
Primary kids, parents and former pupils turned out for the annual South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs

Primary children, parents and former pupils of South Lodge Primary School in Invergordon added a splash of colour to its 50th anniversary celebrations last Friday.

Participants were showered with powdered colours aplenty while racing around the school circuit of this year’s South Lodge summer colour run.

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The annual event, which was organised by Invergordon active schools coordinator Jake Williams, also saw a group of Invergordon Academy pupils — some formerly of South Lodge — join in on the action.

South Lodge Primary head teacher David Hayes-Macleod said: “The colour run has become a yearly fixture for the pupils from Primary 1 all the way up to Primary 7 here at South Lodge Primary School, and this year is even more special as South Lodge celebrates its 50th birthday.

“The event was a fantastic success. Many parents were also invited to join in on the fun. We’d like to say a massive thank you to Jake and his volunteers.

“Our parent council were also on hand to serve some well deserved refreshments to all who took part, so a huge thanks go to them as well.”

Nobody was safe from the vibrant colours being dished out during the run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
Nobody was safe from the vibrant colours being dished out during the run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
Parents got in on the action for the South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
Parents got in on the action for the South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs

Friday’s colour run was the latest event in a series of activities planned to mark the school’s birthday in 2024.

Organisers are now looking forward to a Gala and Community Party Day to be held on Saturday, August 31.

At the same time, South Lodge Primary parent council has been raising funds towards the cost of securing the services of a singer-songwriter to create and compose an “original” song to mark the special occasion.

A sum of over £1300 has been raised so far.

South Lodge Primary's parent council hope to raise funds to record an original song for the school. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary's parent council hope to raise funds to record an original song for the school. Picture: Wendy Riggs

Former UK Top 40 charting performer Antony Brant, who previously sang with the band V, has been identified as the artist to put the song together.

V’s first single "Blood, Sweat and Tears" was released in May 2004 and went straight into the UK charts at number six.

Mr Bryant’s credits also include song-writing for McFly and live performances on Strictly Come Dancing.

The parent council also hope to fund the replacement of “out of date and faded artwork” at the school car park entrance.

Last year, Primary 7 pupils worked with local artist Kiera Hogg to come up with new artwork which can illustrate the history of both South Lodge Primary and Invergordon.

It is hoped that the new artwork can be unveiled as part of this year’s celebrations.

Donations can be made to the school anniversary fund at gofund.me/4f1148f4.

All smiles at the South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
All smiles at the South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
A thumbs up for a fun-filled day at South Lodge Primary. Picture: Wendy Riggs
A thumbs up for a fun-filled day at South Lodge Primary. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs
South Lodge Primary children enjoying last Friday's colour run. Picture: Wendy Riggs

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