Berwick Castle design shows Scremerston has model pupils

Scremerston First School was judged the worthy winner of a competition to design a clay model of Berwick Castle as it was in its 11th century heyday.

Saturday, 30th September 2017, 08:16 am
Updated Thursday, 28th September 2017, 13:07 pm
The presentation of the West End Residents Association schools model competition. Picture by Jane Coltman

The contest was organised by the Tweedmouth West End Residents’ Association, with Mayor Gregah Roughead handing over the prizes in a ceremony at the town hall on Friday.

Scremerston’s entry was praised for its authenticity, in particular the livestock included within the castle walls.

St Cuthbert's RC First School. Picture by Jane Coltman

Teacher Anne Rooney said: “We looked up some photographs of Berwick Castle on the internet and printed them off. We then went through a planning stage of what shape it was and what it might have had inside.

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“We took some inspiration from the border reivers so tied the project in with the local environment and looked at how someone in that time would have lived, which probably would have meant animals such as cows and sheep living inside the walls.

“The children are absolutely thrilled to have won. They thoroughly enjoyed the project.”

The Mayor welcomed everyone to the prize-giving ceremony and told the pupils how impressed he was with their work.

St Cuthbert's RC First School. Picture by Jane Coltman

“They look really authentic,” he said. “Well done to all who took part. They’ve done a really good job and helped to reflect the history of our community.”

An independent judge was brought in to cast an expert eye over the entries.

He said it was very difficult to choose a winner and he was impressed with the modern engineering skills the children had displayed.

“It’s obvious a great deal of effort has been put in by the schools,” he added.

“The markings, the battlements and the position of the castle in relation to the River Tweed were spot on.

“In the case of Scremerston, there were animals included and that is very likely to have been the case.”

Scremerston was presented with a trophy but there were certificates for all the schools, while St Cuthbert’s won the competition – and a trophy – for best floral entry.