Pupils meet Nessie

Picture: Nessie pays visit to Lanarkshire
Picture: Nessie pays visit to Lanarkshire

Pupils from a Cumbernauld school came face to face with Nessie the Loch Ness Monster in a special performance - with a few strings attached.

The youngsters from St Lucy’s Primary School joined pupils from all over North Lanarkshire to see a performance of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster by International Purves Puppets, who used specially designed, glow in the dark puppets during the show in Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre.

The Lanarkshire company, who are based in Biggar, are Scotland’s first and only fully working puppet theatre and they have been hailed as one of the best in the world.

The puppeteers have been invited to perform as far afield as Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore.

Ian Livingstone, chairman of Supercounty, said: “The show gave the children of North Lanarkshire schools the chance to see world-class entertainers. It is great that they had the opportunity to see such talented performers from Lanarkshire, especially as this is the year we are celebrating our county.

“The puppets were a great way of showing the children a different form of entertainment, something other than what they are use to.”

During the show, pupils enjoyed a performance that combined humour, dance and traditional Scottish music to tell the story of a young boy and girl who become friends with Nessie.

The children learned about the mythical creature as well as his home of Loch Ness, as the story ends at Castle Urquhart, which sits on the edge of Loch Ness.

Founder, Ian Purves said: “I have been interested in puppets since I was five years old. I grew up during the war when there were no toys.

“Both my parents were teachers and very good at making things.

“Together we made my first puppet theatre and Purves Puppets grew from there.”