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George Leitch

George Leitch (1943) died suddenly on 28th December 2001. George was an Architect with Fife Council. He is survived by his wife Marion (née Scott) and 2 sons.

Maria Leng

The following article (by STUART GILLESPIE appeared in the Fife Herald on 23 March 2012:

Cuparians watching Channel 4 last Thursday night (15 March 2012) may have spotted a familiar face on their TV screens.

The British consulate employee featured on the Our Man In… programme was Cupar-born Maria Leng.

Maria (35), who works for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Canary Islands, was shown helping Brits in distress as part of her consular role.


The three-part documentary series was filmed in various foreign locations last summer and revealed how staff regularly come to the rescue of expats and holidaymakers who find themselves in trouble. In the Canary Islands episode, she is shown putting her skills as consul into practiceby working withthe Royal British Legion to help a military veteran found living on the streets of Tenerife get back to the UK.

Her team also provided support to the only British woman in a Tenerife prison.

Maria, who went to Castlehill Primary and Bell Baxter High School, offered the following advice to anyone travelling abroad: ‘This documentary highlights just how important it is to prepare properly before you travel overseas.Take out comprehensive travel insurance and get a free EHIC health card, or you'll find it much harder to get medical care.

‘It's also really important to make a note of your passport number and consider taking a photocopy with you in case you lose it or have it stolen.

‘Even if you're staying with friends and family, it is important to ensure you are aware of the local laws and customs — being British doesn't grant you a get out of jail free card if you're caught breaking local laws.


‘By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid a dream holiday turning into a nightmare.’

Maria's mum and dad still live in Cupar and she comes back to north east Fife to visit them several times a year.

Before becoming consul in the Canary Islands, Maria was vice-consul in Ibiza and also had a spell working for Curtis Fine Papers in Guardbridge.

Our Man In… is available to watch on Channel 4's online catch-up service, 40D.

Andrew Lennie

Newburgh teenager Andrew Lennie won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Shotokan Karate Championships held in Chicago. Andrew (16) claimed third place along with  team mate Max Bell in Team Kumlte (fighting).

The result was made even more impressive by the fact Andrew — a sixth year pupil at Bell Baxter — was competing in the 18-21 years category.

Graeme Lennie

Graeme Lennie (21) was selected to compete for Scotland at the 2011 World Shotokan Karate Championships held in Chicago as a full senior and gave some excellent performances.

Graeme has recently passed his 3rd Dan grading — a tremendous achievement. He is the older brother of Andrew (qv).

Michael Lennie

The annual visit to the First World War Battlefields took place in October 2000. Michael Lennie, Steven Lorimer and David McCann laid a wreath as the pupils took part in the daily tribute to the Fallen.

Kenneth I S M Leslie

Kenneth Leslie entered fourth year at BBS in 1933. He joined The British Linen Bank at its Head Office in Edinburgh in 1934 and retired from its successor bank, the
Bank of Scotland in 1980. He served in the Royal Artillery from 1939-46.

Pat Leslie


Pat Leslie, who was in sixth year in 1968, spent three years in a girl's boarding school in England after being for some years in Kenya. She talked about the problems of being taught apart from one's parents to Jennifer Tresize, Mary Eagles and Fiona Ewen for the 1968 School Magazine.

I started school at eight: in a boarding school. These schools were always in the healthy areas, and my parents were all over unhealthy areas — not really the white man's grave — it's just very hot.

Oh, in a way I suppose it's unnatural, being separated from your parents, but you just accept it. My little brother's gone to school now: he loves it. He was angry because my mother took him away the first day at lunchtime. But you're among other children who're only eight — you don't mind it. The thought of running home never occurs — you can't very well run home anyway … forty miles.

It made you more independent. You stuck up for yourself — you no longer had anyone to run to when anything went wrong. You had to stick up for yourself. If they were left on their own, half the children here would get homesick for a start — being away from home — I mean so long away — especially when your parents are a couple of thousand miles away, you know, and you can only communicate with them by letter.

Oh, you revolted against authority — teachers mostly — and any child would do that, but you get to sort of respect your parents in a way, because you appreciate seeing them when you do see them — cos you’re not with them the whole time. You get out of touch with certain things, but, I mean, a sort of relationship grows up … you don't have them there all the time. I always find I get on better with my father when I've been away from him for some time — when I'm with him all the time we sort of rub one another the wrong way. We have a temperament which is very similar. I can get a bad temper — just over small things — and we flare up.

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