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Peter Moncrieff.

TRIBUTES have been paid to former teacher Peter Moncrieff, who passed away recently at the age of 63 after a short illness.

Condolences were paid to family of the ex-Anderson High School depute head teacher at a meeting of Shetland Islands Council’s education and families committee on Monday morning.

Chairman councillor George Smith noted that Moncrieff had dedicated a lot of time working on the plans for the new Anderson.

He said the teacher spent “a lot of time in and out the classroom supporting young people to achieve their potential and improve their life chances”.

“He will be much missed by many people here in Shetland and further afield,” Smith said.

Shetland Football Association, meanwhile, said local players past and present were “deeply saddened” by the news.

“Peter was immersed in our sport for most of his life,” the association wrote on social media.

“When his competitive playing days finished, he dedicated much of his time to organising and coaching, mostly focused on young players.

“A magnificent servant to the sport, it is a certainty that he gave much more back than most people get from it. Our thoughts are very much with Peter’s family and many friends at this sad time.”

The local rugby club also said it was saddened by the news, saying Moncrieff was a “true rugby old boy” who upheld many of the sport’s “great virtues”.

An online donations page set up by family in his memory, meanwhile, has so far raised nearly £7,000 for the local Macmillan nursing team.

People can donate to the cause here. A public memorial Facebook group has also been set up for people to leave their memories.

Moncrieff’s funeral will take place on Saturday with a private service at the Anderson High School, although due to coronavirus restrictions there are plans to offer a live stream.