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Primary Totem Poles!

WOOD you believe it? Two local primary schools are to get their own totem poles carved from trees following a visit by First Nation carvers from Canada later this month.

Park Primary in Stranraer, and Portpatrick Primary will each be visited by the carvers from British Columbia for a week from the 27th March.

Kenny Grieve, a Fife-based woodcarver, will visit the schools along with the Canadian group which will include Xwa Lack Tun, from the Squamish First Nation, and they will assist the pupils with the carving of the Totem Poles.

Storytellers will lend a hand to provide some good ideas for the carvings and, when completed, the poles will depict stories from the history of the local area.

Pupils at the schools have already been researching local history and legends and will use these when they are putting their creative skills to the test.

After the carving of the 21ft logs is complete, both schools will display them for all to see, putting a rather unusual new landmark on the horizon at each of the locations.

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