Oban pupils and parents pay tribute to much-loved teacher

Children and parents lined the streets to say goodbye to Mrs Cain

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Pupils in Oban donned their school uniforms for the first time in nearly two months today in an eye-catching tribute to a much-loved Oban teacher.

Rockfield Primary School youngsters stood in silence along with former pupils, joining parents and grandparents to pay a touching tribute to the late Margaret Cain, depute head teacher.

Mrs Cain, who nurtured generations of pupils in the town over 25 years, passed away at the weekend after a long battle with cancer.

With social distancing respected, people lined Station Road, Queen’s Park Place and all along the front of George Street as the cortege passed by this afternoon on its way to the funeral service.

Some held flowers or made special placards, with former pupils and colleagues speaking fondly of Mrs Cain.

Hazel Kelso and Charles Spreadbury watched on, joined by daughters Alyssa, 10, Aimee, nine, Lucie, eight, Macy, six and Eve, five.

Hazel said: ‘We wanted to come along because Margaret was a teacher when I was at school and she has been a great teacher and a great support to the family. We just wanted to pay our respects to her and her family. She’s a big loss to the school.’

Charles Spreadbury with Hazel Kelso and daughters Alyssa, Aimee, Lucie, Macy and Eve

David Simpson, aged 12, now a year one pupil at Oban High School, had made an eye-catching tribute to hold up.

Mum Dorothy is a teacher at the school and said: ‘She took me under her wing when I joined in 2009 and was just the most amazing, compassionate, warm-hearted person I have ever met and we all loved her so much.’

David Simpson and mum Dorothy pay their respects

Pupil Annelie Murphy, aged eight, had brought along her own bloom and stood with mum Anja.

Annelie Murphy, eight, with mum Anja