On Monday afternoon St Mirren player Jack Ross popped along to Williamsburgh Primary School in the east end of Paisley to unfurl the green flag

The flag shows that Williamsburgh Primary School has gained “Green Flag Status” in the Eco Schools Scotland Programme.

The pupils have already helped the school earn silver and bronze awards and now have a full “Eco Committee” co-ordinated by teacher Lesley Willey

The children have created a lovely garden area in memory of classroom assistant Alison Wright who died a few years ago. This garden is encouraging biodiversity in the playground. They monitor the electricity and water used in the school, encouraging everyone to switch off lights and turn off taps.

They also have a successful litter and waste management scheme and now have the converted “Green Lag” flying from the flagpole to show their hard work.

Jack unfurled the flag in front of the whole school on Monday afternoon.

Ellen Moore who works at Williamsburgh Primary School said “ We had just been awarded “Eco School Status’ and Jack Ross very kindly agreed to come along today and unfurl our Green Flag. The school, and the children in particular, have worked really hard to achieve this status so having someone like Jack come along to unfurl the flag was a great day for us all”

“After unfurling the flag Jack stayed on and went around the classes meeting the kids and signing autographs. He must have had writer’s cramp and probably would still have been there if the 3 o’clock bell hadn’t gone”

“Jack has won a lot of new fans not only with the kids but the staff as well. He has been a brilliant ambassador for the Club and was here at the school in March to open our refurbished library, which tied in with the children’s story writing and he spent a lot of time with the kids talking to them and answering their questions. So by public demand he was invited back to unfurl our flag today which he was more than happy to come along and do”