Final Fling for Rocking Horse

VICTORIA Willis has closed the popular Rocking Horse Nursery, which she has operated at her home at Bogmill, Fettercairn, for the past 24 years and she invited former pupils and their families for a "Final Fling" barbecue on Sunday.

She has taken the decision to close, chiefly because the Scottish Social Services Council no longer recognise the Montessori method of teaching.

Victoria started Rocking Horse in 1983, when her twins Geordie and Iona were three, intending to teach them for two years before they went to primary school.

Around 240 children have passed through the nursery, coming from the Mearns, Angus and Perthshire.

She now plans to concentrate on children's photography, plus on her duties as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire.

Victoria is pictured with her husband Roddy, children Flora, Iona and Geordie and former staff members Susan Robson, Juliette Simpson and Jayne Holliday.

She has only had six teachers over the years. Present at the Fling but missing from the photograph was Annmarie Dalgetty and unable to attend were Myra Miller and Bernadette Lovett.