The Royal Highland Show, the best of farming, food and rural life, has donated £1,000 to Eddleston Primary School in Peebles as a thank you for the valuable contribution its pupils made to the 2015 event’s World War I exhibition.
For six months, the Eddleston pupils researched how their parish was changed during the first year of the Great War. By visiting farmers and speaking to local people, they gathered together remarkable stories and images that formed a picture of what life was like in a rural community at that difficult time.
An evocative and informative display was created as part of a wider exhibition that featured at the 2015 Royal Highland Show. The exhibition, supported by the MacRobert Trust, charted the impact as men and animals left farms to serve in France and the drive for the country to become more self-sufficient in growing food, which led to many changes in farming and rural life.
Thousands of people visited the exhibition during the Highland Show in June and the school’s display was such a success that it went on to be featured at the Peebles Agricultural Show and Peebles Burgh Hall.
Allan Murray, Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the charity behind the Royal Highland Show, said: “The thought and effort that went into this exhibition was very impressive. The children really got a sense of what life was like in their rural community during the Great War and their enthusiasm for what they learned shone through at what was one of our most popular exhibits at the 2015 Show.”
Councillor Graham Garvie, Convener of the Scottish Borders Council, joined the school in accepting the cheque from RHASS. He commented: “I am really proud of what the children of Eddleston Primary School have achieved in this truly superb Exhibition and I am delighted to accept this cheque on their behalf from the Royal Highland Show.”
A World War I exhibition will be part of the Royal Highland Show until 1918, featuring different aspects of how the agricultural world changed and developed as a consequence of the conflict.
The 2016 Royal Highland Show takes place 23-26 June and tickets for the event are on sale now.