There where four of us set out to find Pirniehall School that day Myself, my partner Alan and a couple of photography buddy’s Norm and Nils, after a few wrong turns and getting a little bit agitated, we set off across the fields… over a fence through mud up to our knees almost and over another fence.
Being careful not to be spotted from the house at the front we decided to do a little recce round the buildings first.
We had been there about half an hour when a car drew up and a lady got out asking us what we were about. We explained that we went round a lot of old schools and hospitals and we tried to capture some of the stories and histories in images.
What a fantastic lady she was ( Pauline) although I certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her.
Her father worked in the school and she was brought up there although not a pupil, but it meant she would give us so much history of it. After going round it she then asked if we had been inside. which of course we hadn’t had a chance to . so off she marched with us in tow a bit like the pied piper, we couldn’t believe the luck, not only being able to get into it. but being fed the history of it all as well. almost more than we could have hoped for……….
after spending a terrific day with Pauline, we took our leave, although she did say that next time come round the front and knock on her door, so it made the muddy jeans and boots a little worse for the getting!