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Tain primary head teacher earns special recognition at unsung heroes event hosted in Easter Ross royal burgh by Platform 1864


By Niall Harkiss

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Knockbreck head teacher Jane Mackay is presented with the Special Recognition award. Photo: Gillian Frampton
Knockbreck head teacher Jane Mackay is presented with the Special Recognition award. Photo: Gillian Frampton

A primary school head teacher has received special recognition at an event to acknowledge unsung heroes, NHS and key workers in Tain.

Graham Rooney, the owner of Platform 1864 in Tain, hosted the event to give thanks to those who have gone above and beyond to help the local community during the recent pandemic.

The evening comprised of a champagne reception and a five course meal prepared by a special guest chef, followed by an award ceremony for ten well deserving individuals, nominated by the local community as their unsung heroes.

The list of nominees included Karen Begg, Julie-Anne Rickwood, Julie Horsburgh, Katie Collings, Lynda Ross McIntyre, Jacqueline McCaffrey, Jane Mackay, Brenda Cattanach, Marion Macdonald and the Bradbury Centre staff and volunteers.

Although all nominees were worthy of praise in their own right, a Special Recognition award was presented to Knockbreck Primary School head teacher Jane Mackay.

Those who nominated Mrs Mackay noted: "She spent very long hours at school juggling plans and who to work with all the regulations that were coming through from the Highland Council to keep all our children safe.

"She helped individual families in sourcing food to help feed their children and themselves."

One member of the public said: "My son especially struggled through Covid, and Jane herself came to my door and took him to school because he was struggling that much and wouldn’t come out the house.

"She waited daily at the top of the road for him so he could do a bit of school work in the environment he felt secure and use to his routine."

All of the finalists were presented with a certificate to recognise their contributions.

The evening's entertainment was provided by local band Impact, who played at the event free of charge, before being entertained by illusionist Brian Jay.

The event was funded by Mr Rooney himself, who raised funds and gathered donations by holding virtual live cook-a-alongs from his own home during lockdown.

Unsung heroes nominee Brenda Cattanach. Photo: Gillian Frampton
Unsung heroes nominee Brenda Cattanach. Photo: Gillian Frampton
Staff and volunteers of the Bradbury Centre were also recognised for their efforts. Gillian Frampton
Staff and volunteers of the Bradbury Centre were also recognised for their efforts. Gillian Frampton
Finalist Marion MacDonald pictured with her certificate. Photo: Gillian Frampton
Finalist Marion MacDonald pictured with her certificate. Photo: Gillian Frampton

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