Our latest tale from the Advertiser's archives was first published 15 years ago – when we reported on a special trip on the Waverley for Kilcreggan school pupils and local residents to mark 150 years of education in the area.

Here's how we covered the story in the Advertiser on August 27, 2009...

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UNDETERRED by a damaged pier and pouring rain, 320 intrepid folk boarded the paddle steamer Waverley at Kilcreggan for a nostalgic trip ‘doon the watter’.

The group were out to kick off the 150th anniversary celebrations of schooling in Kilcreggan and included pupils and staff past and present and current head teacher Mrs Frances Bretman and her current staff, as well as past heads and former staff.

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The oldest former pupil attending was Mrs Mary Auld, who attended the village school in the 1930s and who was presented with a bouquet of flowers.

The two youngest pupils, Ianthe Slavin and Olivia Hier, who are both just three years old and new starts in the nursery department, each received a posy of flowers.

Parent Roddy Garden brought along his bagpipes, fiddle teacher Helen Reid-Foster provided fiddle music and Helen and Roy Brown, who run country dancing classes, organised an impromptu ceilidh.

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One of the party Councillor Danny Kelly, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the head teacher, and staff for organising the cruise round the Clyde and all the work that went in to it.

“The weather wasn’t too kind but we are used to that.”

Mrs Bretman said: “When I was standing on the pier in the pouring rain I was quite worried but once we were on board the weather didn’t matter and we had a great evening.”

The cruise will be followed later in the year with a special exhibition of old photos and research done by the pupils into the history of schooling in Cove and Kilcreggan.

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