School campaigners seek to use Judy Murray’s Fochabers links

Judy Murray – attempts to recruit her help.

Campaigners seeking to ensure that Milne’s High School remains a vital part of the Fochabers community have sought out some high profile assistance from the tennis world.

Members of the Save Milne’s High campaign got in touch with tennis ace Andy Murray’s mother Judy via social media last week.

Mrs Murray is no stranger to Fochabers having given tennis lessons to young people in a town that has a strong association with her family, her father Roy Erskine having spent the first 12 years of his life in Fochabers.

Campaign chairman Dougie Potter said: “We have also been trying to get in touch with anyone who has any connections with the Clan Milne who may not be aware of the situation with the school, to get their support.”

The group are hoping to hear back from Mrs Murray after the conclusion of the Wimbledon championships this weekend.

The high-profile campaign being conducted against the closure is unusual in that no decision has actually been taken over the future of the school.

However, consultants acting on behalf of Moray Council have suggested that the Fochabers school could be closed as part of a widespread review of education in Moray.

Mr Potter said: “We have engaged local councillors in the hope that they will recognise the alternative vision for the Fochabers area.

“In 10 to 15 years’ time there will be a dual carriageway between Inverness and Aberdeen – and Fochabers is the perfect commuter village with a good high school.”

Moray councillors are expected to discuss an analysis of the report and public feedback in August.

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