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Thurso High School given the keys to its new wheels

Thurso High School has been given the keys to its new wheels as pupils and staff celebrate the arrival of their new school minibus.

Around £26,000 was raised through fundraising and grants from various local organisations to purchase the new Vauxhall Movano.

The vehicle will be used to transport sports teams and for pupils enjoying field trips.

The Caithness and North Sutherland Fund (CNSF) donated £8000 towards the cause while cash also came from Baillie Wind Farm, Thurso High School PTA, Thurso and Landward discretionary funds and Caithness West Community Council.

Thurso High also held fundraising events to boost the kitty for the new vehicle.

Landward Highland councillor Matthew Reiss, who was at the forefront of the fundraising drive, said the new minibus will play a vital part in life at Thurso High.

“The former minibus was 10 years old and was starting to become unreliable,” he said.

“There were times when the minibus would not start or would breakdown due to mechanical problems.

“This new minibus will be well used by the school.

“It is brand new and it is also bigger than the former minibus.

“The bus will be allow sports teams to take part in competitions further afield as well go on excursions.”

Representatives from all the organisations attended the handover at Thurso High yesterday.

CNSF co-ordinator David Shearer said its donation was part of its aim to increase the attractiveness of the area as a place in which to live, work and invest.

He said: “The new minibus enables pupils to access a wide range of sporting and cultural extra-curricular activities highlighting Thurso High School to be a well-equipped and progressive facility, ensuring its remote location is not a barrier to pupils accessing events and activities.

“I am delighted CNSF has been able to support this project and wish the pupils and their new minibus every success for the long-term future.”