Munro family donate £2,000 to primary

Mrs Howson (left) and pupils from school accept the cheque from Mrs Munro.

Mrs Howson (left) and pupils from school accept the cheque from Mrs Munro.

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Andover Primary School received a special visit from Caroline Munro on Tuesday, December 17, before the end of term.

Mrs Munro was made very welcome by children and staff during her afternoon visit.

The Monro family have always been great supporters of Andover giving resources and donations to the school on many occasions.

Joe Munro passed away on June 18 of this year and had made arrangements for a donation to be made on his behalf.

Mr Munro was a decorated Normandy Veteran of the D Day landings in 1944 on Gold Beach.

He was a shy man who never boasted about his heroics during the war. Six years ago, he was decorated with a medal from the French Government and also received decoration from the head of the French Armed Forces for bravery during specials operations following the D Day Landings.

The Israeli Government presented him with a medal for saving 253 Holocaust Victims from a camp in Germany behind enemy lines.

Joe also received Her Majesty the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal this year and has received Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 for bravery.

Mrs Munro said: “I’m very, very proud of my husband. He was a hero, a true Scot and a gentleman and will never be forgotten.

“He left Brechin ‘a boy’ to go to war and saw things that would give you nightmares, but came back a man and a hero.”

Mrs Munro presented two cheques to the school. A cheque for £500 was given the nursery classes. The second cheque, for £2,000, was given to the primary school. Headteacher of Andover Primary, Mrs Howson, thanked her on behalf of the school.

Mrs Munro said her husband Joe would have been proud.

Staff and the pupil council will meet in the new year to discuss how best to utilise this generous gift.