South Scotland

Thornhill schools evacuated due to high wind damage

Wallace Hall Academy - Courtesy Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption Wallace Hall Academy was evacuated and has been kept closed after its sports block roof was damaged

A south of Scotland secondary and primary school were evacuated and have been kept closed after high winds damaged the roof of their sports hall.

The incident happened at Wallace Hall Academy and Primary in Thornhill, north of Dumfries, on Monday.

A council statement said the schools and nearby nursery would stay shut while repairs were carried out.

Exams scheduled to take place are still going ahead but have been moved to the local community centre.

The secondary school has a roll of about 600 students with about 150 pupils attending the primary.

The two facilities were recently built to replace old school buildings in the town as part of a multi-million pound public private partnership project across the region.

Elsewhere in Dumfries and Galloway, a number of residents had to be evacuated from their rooms at a care home due to the high winds.

Part of the roof was damaged at the Dryfemount Care Home in Lockerbie and people had to be moved to another part of the building.

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