JJ gave No Longer a couple of books to give to me to look through. The first one is in the Scotland in Old Photographs series: Elgin People, by Jenny Main, published in 1998.
There are lots of photographs of people in and around Elgin, from the early days of photography up to the 1970s or so. From these photos you can see how labor intensive everything was in the past, and how so many people worked the land. There’s a photo of the Moray & Nairn Joint County Council, taken in the 1960s, which includes JJ’s father, Dr J.D.
Looking through the pictures made me feel old, especially when on page 28 I saw one which included a girl I got off with once at a dance in the Two Red Shoes in December 1971 or 72.
The second book is: Elgin Academy 1801-2001
It features recollections of past times plus several old photographs of staff and pupils.
This was the class that I joined a couple of years later. Some of the faces I recognise, and some of the names I remember are: Mike Stewart, Jimmy Macgregor, Robert Hepburn, Neil Harper, Derek King, Ann Macdonald, Florence Coull, Alison Beattie. Even checking through Friends Reunited, that’s all I can get. Maybe someone else can add some more names in a Comment.
If I remember correctly, most of the people in the above photo were quite studious. I tended to associate more with those in the rugby team. There was one match we played after an epic party the night before in 1968 when the opposing team from Fochabers Academy made a formal complaint to the referee about the stink of booze coming from our front row in the scrums.