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Gigha Primary School puts on a paw-some pet show thanks to The Scottish Salmon Company

The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has provided Gigha Primary School with a donation to support its fur-st ever Pet Show.

The show saw each pupil bring their pets to the school’s outdoor classroom last month (Wednesday 28 October) where they were presented to their classmates. Pets entered in the show included dogs, ponies, a cat, a hamster and even a sheep! Each pet was judged by retired British Army soldier Alistair McNeil, who served as an experienced and decorated Dog Handler and Trainer with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

Prizes were awarded for the categories of Best-Behaved, Best Turned Out, Best Presentation and Best in Show. Brogan was awarded the Best in Show, sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company, with her Shetland pony Gizmo. The Reserve Champion was awarded to Mark and his Cheviot cross sheep, Buster. SSC’s donation was used to purchase rosettes and to engrave the trophies for the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show winners.

As a central part of SSC’s Community Charter, the Community Fund offers its employees the chance to nominate local businesses, groups and charities that encourage and support health and wellbeing in the local community for a grant of up to £250. The funding was awarded following a nomination by Ross Fennell who is Marine Sites Manager on the Isle of Gigha.

Zane Pretorious, Area Manager for Mull and Gigha at The Scottish Salmon Company said: “Congratulations to Brogan and Mark for winning the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show awards. We were proud to sponsor the first ever Gigha Primary Pet Show which we hope will become a regular community celebration, and we would like to say a big well done to all the children (and pets) who participated!”

Julie Wilson, Headteacher, at Gigha Primary School said “At Gigha Primary School we are always looking for opportunities to listen to our children and give them a voice. The Pet Show was a good example of us listening to something that children have wanted to do for a long time and them using their skills to make this happen.

“We are extremely thankful to our island partners and community members for the way in which they engaged with and financially supported this event to make it such an outstanding success.”