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Iain M Breckenridge


Iain Breckenridge entered BBS in 1945. He studied medicine at the University of St Andrews and followed a Career in Cardiac Surgery. He was a Consultant at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Robert Bridges


During the Session 1952-3 the School took part in the "Top of the Form" quiz on the radio. The School team of David Lindsay, Alasdair Breckenridge, Robert Bridges and Graeme Dallas was defeated by Leytonstone High School for Girls.

Robert Bridges, who entered first year in 1950, died in August 1995 after a long illness. After some years teaching English in Bell Baxter, Robert spent much time developing his interest in drama.

Keith Brockie


Keith Brockie (late 1960s), the celebrated wildlife artist, published another book in 1996. Entitled "Drawn from Nature" (publishers Arlequin Press), it is limited to 1,000 signed copies, costing £52.50 each. This winter's "Birds" magazine, the RSPB publication, had as its cover a golden eagle against the background of Cairn Toul, Braeriach and Ben Macdui in the Cairngorms, painted by Keith. He figured on the front page of the Weekend Courier in September 1999 with two young ospreys in his hands as he prepared to ring the birds. Over a number of years, Keith has played an important part in guarding osprey nests in Perthshire and Angus from the depradations of egg thieves.

James Brodie


James Brodie (1942) died in mid January 2004. Jim trained as a Civil Engineer at Heriot Watt University on leaving School and worked to begin with in Dundee and Cupar. The major part of his career was spent with Lothian Council and then Edinburgh City. On retiring from that post, he became Chief Executive firstly of Kirkcaldy Chamber of Commerce and then the Fife Chamber. He was also a JP and was for 20 years a Liberal councillor on the Town and Kirkcaldy District Councils. He became Secretary of Fife Building Trades Employers' Association and was on the Board of the Abbeyfield Society of Kirkcaldy, serving as both Chairman and Secretary. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Evelyn.

Derek Brook


Derek Brook (1970 approx.) died on 4th August 2003 after a long illness. After leaving School, Derek worked as a laboratory Technician in St Andrews University for 15 years, where he became head of the animal house. As a result of the sponsorship of a child in the Dominican Republic, arranged through a church organisation, he went to that country to combine a visit to the child's family with a bird-watching holiday. He returned to Fife, but in 1996 he decided to move to the Dominican Republic to start a new career, working in Information Technology in the island's tourism industry. He met and married his wife, Juana. He had returned home for treatment when he fell ill last December. He is survived by his wife and 2 step-children, his parents and 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Duncan Brook


Duncan Brook (1942) died at home in September 2009 after a long illness. On leaving School, Duncan started an apprenticeship as a joiner with Fred Roger. He went into business on his own behalf as a joiner and glazier. Later he went into partnership with his wife's nephew, retiring in 1995. Duncan was a keen gardener but was first and foremost a great family man. He was predeceased by one son and is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Norman Brook


A Cupar-raised man, who was head of endurance at UK Athletics and now plays an important role in developing sport in South Africa, was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Former Castlehill Primary and Bell Baxter High pupil Norman Brook (59) received the MBE for services to social development through sport, specifically in Southern Africa. Mrs Mavis Brook, who lives in Cupar, said her son became particularly interested in sport when he was in fifth year at Bell Baxter.

A successful runner, he went on to become a founder member of Fife Athletic Club.

After training as a secondary school teacher, he taught for two years before returning to study sports coaching in Scotland and Canada. In 1982 he was appointed British national athletics coach, based in Northern Ireland, a position he held for 10 years. During that time, he developed expertise in high-performance sport and community sports development. He coached several individuals to international honours and was coach to Great Britain teams at most major athletics championships, including the Olympic Games. While in Northern Ireland, he also worked at a community level, developing clubs, coaches and athletes. His appointments included the role of sports development officer with the Sport Council for Northern Ireland.

Norman went on to run a successful consultancy business between 1993 and 97, working nationally and internationally in the field of sports development and management, with corporate clients and regional, national and international sports organisations. Projects included the UK-South Africa Sports Initiative, which aimed to assist the process of transformation in sport in South Africa and empower previously disadvantaged individuals to become involved in coaching, officiating and administering sport.

In 1997 Norman returned to South Africa to work for UK Athletics to manage the world class performance programmes for endurance-based athletes. He worked with some of Great Britain’s leading athletes and their personal coaches through to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. On his return from a successful games in Australia, he became chief executive officer of the British Triathlon Federation, a post he held until the end of 2007. He was widely acclaimed for his work in growing the sport in this country and Britain as a world-leading triathlon nation.

Norman was a member of the British National Olympic Committee and served as a board member of the National Coaching Foundation. Six years ago he relocated to Cape Town, South Africa, with his wife, Lisa, so that they could spend more time with their children, Trevor, Caitlin and Lily, who are all working or studying in the Western Cape. Since moving to South Africa, Norman has worked with a range of organisations around the world, developing sport in different contexts. He is presently regional programme manager of Coaching For Hope.norman brooks.jpg

The son of the late Cupar joiner Duncan Brook (qv), he has two sisters, Linda and Sheila, who live in north east Fife, and a brother, Murray, in Milton Keynes. Norman returns to Cupar regularly.




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