Drumsmittal Primary School

Drumsmittal Primary School became involved with the salvage project back in 1988. The Association gave pupils from Drumsmittal school, including Naomi Leech, Robert Macfarlane and Robert Duncan, the honour of unveiling the Cairn. Ian Benzie, seen here far left, was the headmaster at the time.  It was the intention of the Association to have a commemorative cairn erected on the shore near to the site of R2980, and being local to the area, Ian facilitated the connections, finding a master stone mason Hamish Gatt for the Cairn and for the bronze plaque the Elgin Rifle Club.

Drumsmittal Primary officially closed in 1993 and relocated to a new school – North Kessock Primary down in the village.

Ian Benzie far left with pupils of Drumsmittal school (Photo from Robert Macfarlane)

Through some persistent investigation, the IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM have found Drumsmittal recordings of the play they did. Originally played on Moray Firth Radio, Ian Benzie today is the copyright owner and Ian in turn has granted formal permission to the LNW2020 Project to use the recordings here.

Picture by SANDY McCOOK 28th October ’20 The Typhoon from RAF Lossiemouth flies over the spot on Loch Ness where a Wellington bomber ditched in a snowstorm on hogmany 1940 during which a crew member was killed when his parachute failed to open. Members of the Loch Ness Wellington Association 2020, (L-R) Hamish Gatt, Vic Attwood and Ian Benzie await the passing of the Typhoon.
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