Mackie pupils get appreciation certificates from Mearns FM

Pupils received a cheque from the Lions Club and Appreciation Certificates from Mearns FM
Pupils received a cheque from the Lions Club and Appreciation Certificates from Mearns FM

Mearns FM have given pupils at Mackie Academy appreciation certificates for their efforts with Mackie Radio this term.

Ten pupils received their certificates last Friday at the Stonehaven school.

The pupils gave up their own time to produce a radio show live from the academy with the show taking place between 12.50 and 1.20pm.

Mearns FM chairmen Peter Greig said: “It’s been great working with the school and giving them this opportunity.

‘‘I would have loved this chance if I was younger so we just wanted to say thank you and show our appreciation.”

For the third year in a row Stonehaven Lions have donated to the pupils to allow them to purchase music legally for their show.

Rainer Jackisch and Michael Hopkins of the Lions Club were also at Mackie Academy, handing over a cheque for £100.

They said: “We have given them the money so that they can download music. We believe in investing in youth because they are our future.

‘‘We wanted to help the children after they got in contact with us.”

Mackie Academy rector, Louise Moir, said: “Mackie Radio is a fantastic part of our extra-curricular commitments here at the school and it is great to see such a focused group of young people, alongside Mr Craig, who are willing to give up their time to ensure that lunchtimes have this activity available for all to hear.

“We look forward to it going from strength to strength and welcoming new recruits after the summer break.”

Mearns FM is a community radio station serving Stonehaven, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk, Montrose and the towns and villages within the Mearns area. #

The station is a non-profit organisation and recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on June 6.

It has also recently been granted a further five-year licence to broadcast.

The Lions Club are also celebrating 35 years later this year having started in 1979.

The club now has more than 30 members of all ages and from all walks of life.

Over the years the members have organised major local events including the Stonehaven Feein’ Market and the New Year Dip with a Nip.