Anglers help to hook up school to the Net

16th February 2001 at 00:00
YOU may dream of having one computer per pupil instead of one for every five. But that is now reality for a secondary in Sutherland.

Affluent anglers from the south have more than delivered the Scottish Executive target after being highly impressed by Kinlochbervie High pupils playing their chanters next to a hotel in Scourie last May.

The businessmen invited the music group to entertain them in the hotel, held a whip-round and raised pound;200 for the high school and Scourie primary.

Then restructuring at city finance firm Friends, Ivory and Sime, where one of the nglers worked, saw 63 modern computers up for grabs. They are now safely tucked up in the 98-pupil high school - opened six years ago by Prince Charles.

Ian Smith, headteacher, said: "The children sang, played the fiddle, got the pipes out and these guys were just wonderfully interested in them; at their friendliness, at their skills, and it made their holiday."

The businessmen are also establishing a trust fund to boost traditional Scottish music locally.

The pupils involved were sisters Isla and Jodi MacLeod, Ashley Fraser, and Christopher Ambler.

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