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A TIME TO REMEMBER.

A NEW games hall was opened at Dunblane Primary School yesterday a few feet away from the spot where gunman Thomas Hamilton murdered 16 children and their teacher.

Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar officially reopened the school in a poignant ceremony to mark the completion of a pounds 2.1 million refurbishment.

He was shown around by Year Seven pupils and stopped to unveil a plaque that bore no mention of the massacre.

The new games hall was built 20 yards away from the site of the old gym which was demolished.

A play area and garden of remembrance stands in its place.

Mr Dewar was accompanied by Defence Secretary George Robertson,who lives in Dunblane, and former Scottish Secretary Sir Michael Forsyth.

Some of the parents of the children who died also attended the low-key ceremony.

Mr Dewar, who was visiting the school for the first time, said: "All of us are very conscious of the past. Today is very much a day for looking forward."

He added: "I am very honoured to be part of it today.

"The message is one of confidence and looking to the future.

"I wish them every success with the refurbished school and that will be the mood and spirit of today's events."
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Author:Hardaker, Paul
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 7, 1998
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