Lathallan tracking down former pupils for reunion

LATHALLAN School is trying to track down its former pupils so they can attend the school’s 50th anniversary school reunion later this year.

Lathallan School in Johnshaven will welcome pupils from the class of 1963 to an event in April and has extended the invite to alums of 1962 to 1965.

Barclay Low, a senior manager with Scottish Enterprise in Dundee, co-signed the invitations with Old Lathallian Association chairman Alastair Shepherd, a lawyer in Edinburgh.

He said: “I went there in 1958 and left in 1963. Next year’s the 50th, so that’s why we thought it would be a good idea to have the reunion.

“A lot of people have kept in touch, although we are still trying to find some.

“We know where a lot of people went because the-then headmaster’s wife was meticulous at keeping details of where everyone moved on to.

“Most went on to other schools in Scotland and some to England.

“We’re trying to trace as many as we can and give them the opportunity to come and are extending it to people who left between 62 and 65.

“In those days, Lathallan was a traditional preparatory school and took boys from eight to 13.

‘‘Everybody boarded. We took the bus to Montrose to go swimming and to the kirk and walk along to Gourdon to go to the beach.”

“Our head was Raymond Burton, whose 100th birthday would’ve been next year, and he is quite a significant character in all of our lives.

“He and his wife Winifred – they were called RB and Win – ran the school and were a tower of strength.

“They took the school to a different level in terms of engagement with parents.

“I look back on it, albeit 50 years ago, as a happy place.

“The school has educated one or two people who have gone on to great things in the worlds of sport, academia and medicine.”

Andrea Watt of the school said: “If any former pupil is interested in attending, please contact 01561 362220 or email

“This is a truly unique celebration of 50 years since leaving Lathallan, a chance to share memories, have a tour of the school and catch up with old friends.”