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PICTURES: Pupils at Crown Primary in Inverness were buzzing to take part in giant conga for charity


By Federica Stefani


Bobby the Bee with Martha Brown, Katie Wauden, Lena Najman and Lexi Macgregor. Picture: Callum Mackay
Bobby the Bee with Martha Brown, Katie Wauden, Lena Najman and Lexi Macgregor. Picture: Callum Mackay

Pupils at an Inverness primary school danced the conga to help their head teacher raise money for two Highland charities.

The event was great fun for all the participants. Picture: Callum Mackay.
The event was great fun for all the participants. Picture: Callum Mackay.

Youngsters at Crown Primary School were encouraged to dress up as bees and join in a colourful giant conga with Highland Hospice mascot Bobby the Bee to support Miriam MacDonald (50) who is taking part in this year’s Strictly Inverness dance competition.

There were high fives as the huge conga line doubled back on itself. Picture: Callum Mackay
There were high fives as the huge conga line doubled back on itself. Picture: Callum Mackay

As part of the annual event in aid of both the hospice and Inverness Ice Centre, participants have to raise as much money as possible for both groups.

Two dancers run to keep up. Picture: Callum Mackay
Two dancers run to keep up. Picture: Callum Mackay

Children and their families were encouraged to make a donation to the cause for taking part in the conga fun.

Pupils of all ages were happy to help with the fundraising event. Picture: Callum Mackay
Pupils of all ages were happy to help with the fundraising event. Picture: Callum Mackay

Speaking about her reasons for taking part in Strictly, Mrs MacDonald said: “For me, it’s all about learning something new, as the kids do every day.

Pupils were delighted to take part in a giant conga round the playground at Crown Primary. Picture: Callum Mackay
Pupils were delighted to take part in a giant conga round the playground at Crown Primary. Picture: Callum Mackay

“Dance lessons are very challenging, but it feels good to learn something new.

“I often practice in the school corridors and the kids want to learn some of the moves with me.

Crown Primary head teacher Miriam MacDonald is taking part in this year's Strictly Inverness competition in aid of Highland Hospice and the Inverness Ice Centre. Picture: Callum Mackay
Crown Primary head teacher Miriam MacDonald is taking part in this year's Strictly Inverness competition in aid of Highland Hospice and the Inverness Ice Centre. Picture: Callum Mackay

“They have been very supportive and always ask me on updates about how Strictly is going.

“Our school works a lot with the hospice so this is how I learned about the competition and decided to participate.”

Bobby the Bee with Katie Wauden, Lena Najman, Martha Brown and head teacher Miriam MacDonald. Picture: Callum Mackay
Bobby the Bee with Katie Wauden, Lena Najman, Martha Brown and head teacher Miriam MacDonald. Picture: Callum Mackay

The giant conga is just one of a number of fundraising efforts lined up by Mrs MacDonald.

She is also planning a night of musical entertainment in the school hall with a Michael Bublé tribute, pizza and raffle on February 29 and a 1920s-inspired “Snacky Blinders” event on March 28 at Bogbain Farm.

Tickets for both events are available by texting Mrs MacDonald on 07809 432241 with more information available on the Strictly Inverness Facebook page.

Mrs MacDonald has been paired with funeral assistant Grant Hodgson (45) for this year’s Strictly Inverness competition which takes place from May 13-16 at the Inverness Ice Centre.

Miriam MacDonald with her Strictly Inverness 2020 dance partner Grant Hodgson. Picture: Gary Anthony
Miriam MacDonald with her Strictly Inverness 2020 dance partner Grant Hodgson. Picture: Gary Anthony


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