Year 5 have spent the afternoon researching one of Swalwell’s most famous former residents – William Shield.

They have endeavored to discover whether he really did compose Auld Lang Syne or whether it is purely a story…

Unforunately after their extensive research they still were unable to come up with a definitive answer although twelve pupils believe he composed the music for Auld Lang Syne, with nine of them convinced that the music was ‘stolen’ by Robert Burns and added to the poem without permission!


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