Jim’s cup of joy

Isa and Jim Clydesdale.
Isa and Jim Clydesdale.

A HISTORY buff has spoken of his joy after being reunited with a school trophy that was presented to his daughter in 1967.

Jim Clydesdale was invited by Sir John Maxwell primary in Pollokshaws to pick up old class photographs, trophies and shields before it shuts its doors for the final time.

Jim went along as vice chairman of Pollokshaws Heritage group with the rest of the members and was astonished when headteacher Neva Grant read out his daughter’s name from an old trophy.

The 85-year-old told The Extra: “The headteacher brought up the cup and started reading out the names.

“The last name on it was my daughter Janice. I was so surprised – I didn’t expect to come across anything related to me.

“The cup was for the school champion which Janice won in 1967 for being the best performer at the school’s sports day.

“But the school said she couldn’t keep it and when I went down they told me I needed to chase it up with the education authority.

“I always regretted not doing that so I think that’s why I’m so happy to get it back. I’m more excited about it than Janice is”.

Sir John Maxwell primary will close at the end of this term with pupils moving into the new building on Nether Auldhouse Road and merge with Tinto primary.

So Jim, who lives with his wife Isa (84) in Pollokshaws, attended the meeting at the school to collect items for the heritage’s archives.

Jim explained: “Ms Grant invited us down to the school last Wednesday as she knew nobody wanted the old photographs and the trophies and shields.

“Some of the members saw themselves in the photos and their children in others.

“And the heritage group went back to the school for a special lunch on Sunday. It was very sad. It’s upsetting to see the school close and we just hope the building won’t be knocked down – it’s over 100 years old. The headteacher has worked there for 23 years so it’s an emotional time for all involved”.

Headteacher Neva Grant said: “Jim had just finished telling me about the story of his daughter and the cup which she hadn’t been allowed to keep, when I remembered the old cup I had seen amongst the memorabilia I had found when clearing out cupboards prior to the school’s closure this week. It was wonderful to find it was the very same cup.’’