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Carl Eadie


BBHS 2004-10

Carl Eadie was awarded £400 from the Franco-Scottish Society in St Andrews to pay for a trip to France in 2010. To earn this money he had to fill in an application detailing what he would do during the trip. Carl has decided to undertake an intensive, week long, language course during his stay in Normandy during the summer holidays. Carl said: ‘I'm chuffed and I am looking forward to immersing myself in the French culture and meeting exciting new people.’


Harry Eagle


Harry Eagle (1929) died in early November 2008. On leaving School, Harry became a painter and decorator before being called up in 1940 to serve for six years in the Royal Pioneer Corps. After the war he resumed his career in St Andrews. He served as a Church Officer for many years, first in Martyrs Church, where he was a member, and then for many years full-time in Holy Trinity. He retired from the post at the age of 66, but in the absence of a successor, he returned to the post for a further 20 years. He was very actively involved with the St Andrews Play Club and was a Founder Member of the Byre Theatre Company. He was predeceased by his wife and a son and is survived by a son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bryan Easson


Bryan Easson (1984), who played rugby for Boroughmuir, was capped for Scotland's under-21 team in 1995. His father is Robert Easson (qv). Bryan accompanied the BBHS boys’ teams on the Easter Sports tour to France in 2002. He was working as a Rugby Development Officer in Highland Region.

Robert Easson


Bob Easson (1960s) was appointed in 1999 by the Scottish Institute of Sport to be the first national high-performance technical coach, with a remit to identify and develop outstanding rugby talent in the 18-23 age group. He was coaching the Edinburgh Reivers' backs at the time of this announcement. Bob presented Colours to Bell Baxter pupils in a ceremony at the school on 23 April 2010.

Betty Easton


Mrs Betty Hastings (née Easton) (1940) and her husband, Bill, celebrated their Golden Wedding in 2000. Betty comes from Ladybank and ran the Ladybank Post Office for 20 years. Her husband served in the Royal Air Force, much of the time in Bomb Disposal, and became a painter and decorator in civilian life. Since retiring, they have lived in Cupar.

Bet Ednie


Mrs Betty Scanlin (née Ednie), who entered Bell Baxter in 1941, died on Wednesday March 4th 2009 in Victoria Hospital Kirkaldy after a short illness. Very sadly for the family, Betty's husband, who had been ill for some time, died 2 days later. Bet always spoke fondly of her school days and still kept in touch with many school friends up until her death. She is the great aunt of some current pupils.

Karen Edwards


From Issue 24 of the Newsletter:

Karen Edwards (early 1990s) completed a 4-year apprenticeship as a goldsmith on leaving school and then obtained a professional jeweller's diploma from the National Association of Goldsmiths. She wished to start up a business of her own, but had no idea how to do it. She made enquiries and with the help of Small Businesses Gateway who helped with the preparation of a business plan which was essential before she applied for funding from the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust. She was given all the help and advice and, indeed, funding to start up her own business - Eden Jewellery Design. Assistance is still available in the form of a mentor who will help her with advice at anytime.

Frances Elder


Mrs Frances Hamilton (née Elder) (1942) died on 2nd September 2002. On leaving School, Frances studied at St Andrews University, graduating MA, after which she continued her studies at Glasgow, where she completed a Diploma in Social Studies. She became a Consultant in Adoption and Fostering with Strathclyde Social Work Department. She lived in Elderslie, Johnstone, in Renfrewshire with her husband, a Senior Lecturer in Biology. She is survived by her husband and 3 children, all married.

Mary H Elder


(1908-99)

Mrs Mary Smith (née Elder) (1919 or 1920) died suddenly on 7th February 1999 in Ninewells Hospital, aged 92. Mrs Smith qualified as a Primary School Teacher in Dundee, and her first post was in Auchterderran. She moved to Castlehill School, where she taught from the early 1930s until she married in 1942. She returned to teaching when her sons grew up and was appointed to Rathillet School from which she retired in the early 1970s. She remained fit and active until shortly before her death. She is survived by her sons, Ron and David, who are also FPs.

Gareth Erskine


Prince Charming was played by Gareth Erskine in the School’s 2002 production of “Cinderella”.

Walter Ewan


Entered BBS in 1929. Was due for a post in a bank, but an apprentice plumber position was advertised, so that became his lifelong career. Came from Kingskettle.

Jonathan Failes


Jonathan Failes of S5 has been accepted into the Scottish Space School 2010. He will spend a week at the University of Strathclyde in June and if chosen may even go on to spend a week at NASA in Houston Texas in November.

Veda Fairley


BBHS 1965-71

Having determined at a sensible age that I would on no account be a teacher, I have of course been head of the Modern Languages department at Perth Academy for several years. When I manage to stop working for a moment my priorities are family, music, reading, walking, cycling, and travel - and language(s).

Highlights, partly in chronological order:

* Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten (1966), master-minded by Jimmie Greenshields and with Dr Dunlop as The Voice of God.

* Am I dreaming, or were we as Junior School girls once solemnly herded into the Hall to be warned not to follow the foolish example of those who had put blotting paper in their shoes in an attempt to make them faint? (Google suggests this might not be a fantasy.)

* Standing as a member of the Junior choir on the Senior School stage, utterly thrilled at the sound of the Senior choir advancing from the back of the Assembly Hall towards us (basses first) singing Masters in this Hall.

* Pink custard. Oops, sorry, these are supposed to be Highlights.

* Listening to the school orchestra playing Bizet's L'Arlésienne Suite (again) and hoping that Kenny Nicoll's clarinet would squeak embarrassingly (again).

* Recording Vivaldi's Gloria and other delights at the Grampian Television studios in Edinburgh, and Mhairi Durie fainting like a guardswoman under the lights.

* The workshop weekend culminating in a performance of Constant Lambert's Rio Grande.

* Let's Make an Opera - the only time when I've been credited with being a Mistress. On this occasion, of Props.

* Winter lunch-times under the stage scraping varnish off the school's Enterprise dinghy hulls with aid of a foul-smelling application which could take the skin off your hands.

* Amahl and the Night Visitors with Bob Bridges blacked up as Balthazar.

* One of the disadvantages of being Captain: having out of fairness to schedule myself on the Crush rota on the day we went decimal in February 1971. How much was a ham roll, two Jacob's Clubs and a Zing in new pee? (But of course the milk was free in those pre-Thatcher days).

* One of the few perks of being Captain: organising myself to sell programmes when a touring production of Hamlet came to BB, and taking coffee to the dressing-room (alias music room) for Derek Jacobi.

* Theatre: Everyman, Ring Round the Moon, Twelfth Night. Overwhelming experiences with huge dollops of adolescent angst and passion, and extraordinary friendships.

* Grown-ups:

Mrs. Paterson, whose enthusiasm for French set me alight in my first week in First Year, which can in truth be said to have shaped my life in that dingy depressing West Port building.

Annie Rob (she and I retired from school on the same day), whose supervision of my Sixth Year Studies dissertation involved her inviting me to read it to her: ‘Now you just tell me all about it, my dear.’

Bryan Duncan's impersonation of Robespierre.

Miss Dymock, whirling through in a flap of gown to remove offending louts twice her size from Eliza King's gently ineffectual attempt at control.

Miss Livingstone's benignly autocratic rule.

Ken Nicoll's tread along the corridor, with the tackets on the brogues.

Geoff Walker - a brilliant trainer in choral singing. I have sung in many choirs since, and am eternally grateful to him for opening this door for me. Few directors have matched him.

Ian Jenkins, who taught me how to read poetry but didn't live long enough for me to thank him.

Bob Bridges, a beloved friend for life.

My thanks to everyone who shaped those years for the good.

Veda is married to Kevin Franz (qv).




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