MSP and Annan Academy pupils celebrate World Bee Day

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MSP Joan McAlpine and pupils at Annan Academy marked World Bee Day with a ‘Bee Fest’ at the school on Monday (May 21st) – organised by Annan Academy Bee club.

Annan Academy is the leading school in the country teaching Bee keeping – and pupils preparing to sit their junior bee keeping exams were on hand to speak to visitors about the work and achievements of the Academy’s Bee Club.

Local bee keepers and craft businesses also attended the event to showcase produce such as ‘Dumfriesshire Honey and ‘Co Co Company chocolate’.

The south Scotland MSP praised the pupils and their teachers after the successful event, commenting:

“I would like to say well done to the young people of Annan Academy who are about to sit exams in bee-keeping – indeed they are the leading school in Scotland teaching this incredible skill.


“Thanks also to young bee keeper Heather Thompson who invited me to their open evening, teacher Ms Johnstone who is driving the apiary project, and South West Scotland Beekeepers Association, who are supporting the pupils.


“I had a great night and came away with some delicious Dumfriesshire honey from Angela Roberts and a wee pipe cleaner and button bee made – by me! – under the supervision of ‘Mad Notions Craft & Gifts’ shop from Bruce Street.”