A teacher who has taught countless pupils over the last 50 years has been treated to afternoon tea with Aberdeen’s Lord Provost.
Charlie Crow, of King’s Gate, joined George Adam, wife Freda and his son Austin to mark the milestone.
Charlie, 74, who taught modern studies, English, history and psychology but is now a supply teacher, has enjoyed a long and varied career.
And after dedicating two-thirds of his life to teaching, Charlie said he has no plans to put his feet up at home with Freda, who recently retired from hairdressing.
He said: “I enjoy it too much and it definitely beats ironing.
“Its been very varied. I’ve had a wonderful time with lots of wonderful children.”
After starting out at Powis Academy, Charlie went on to teach at Harlaw Academy “for 32 happy years”.
He also gave evening classes at the city’s old prison, Craiginches.
When asked what advice he would give to new teachers coming into the profession, Charlie said: “I’m a great believer that education is easy if you’ve got a happy class. I’m renowned for my stories, and I use them to make a point and to get the kids to understand as much as they can, particularly in this changing world.
“You have to enjoy the company of younger children – it can be challenging but it’s certainly worthwhile.”
Despite his wealth of experience, Charlie admits there are still some areas where he’s not so surefooted.
He said: “They call me Charlie BC – Before Computers. I hate them.”
Speaking about the challenges the teaching profession currently faces, Charlie agreed that the recruitment struggle was evident, but “teachers just get on with the job”.
Also joining the Lord Provost for afternoon tea yesterday was Aberdeen City Council’s education convener Councillor Angela Taylor.