Local history and myths at Johnshaven School

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PUPILS from Johnshaven School were enthralled with tales of history, myth and legend from the local area this week when local history enthusiast, Phil Mills-Bishop visited the School.

Mr Mills-Bishop asked pupils to bring in any old photos from Johnshaven and to share their own stories. He told them about Johnshaven resident, Betsy Soutar who, in 1842, was famous for her fish pie which was made with steak, potatoes and onions.

He also presented the pupils with a book about Norway which was gifted to the School by a Norweigan School which set up a link with Johnshaven following the return of a World War two boat to Norway last year.

As part of the link, a number of the Norwegians School’s teachers visited Stonehaven for an “away conference” in Summer last year. During the conference Mr Mills- Bishop took the teachers round the town showing them historical sites and discussing the teaching of history in Schools in the area.

Johnshaven School have kept up their link with the School, and the new book which was gifted to them will be kept in the School’s library.

The Pupils at Johnshaven were particularly interested to learn about the history from Mr Mills-Bishop as it teaches them about their surrounding environment, which is something that the School has been focusing on with it’s eco-group the Johnner Green Crew.

Johnshaven made National headlines last year when a 100 year old fishing boat was returned to southern Norway from where it was stolen 70 years ago. Four Norwegians, desperate to escape the clutches of Nazi occupation “borrowed” the boat - VA 92 L - from a known Nazi collaborator, and made a remarkable and heroic crossing of the open North Sea to Scotland, coming ashore at Old Portlethen on July 28 1941