A GOVAN housing association is appealing to Evening Times readers to share memories of an iconic school.

Elderpark Housing Association is restoring Hills Trust School near Govan Cross as part of its latest housing development on Nethan Street.

The famous school, with its recognisable bell tower, on Golspie Street was bequeathed to the community by 18th century philanthropist Abraham Hill.

Thousands of local children were educated within the walls of the distinctive B Listed building between 1876 and its closure in 1974, when pupils were transferred to a new building on Nethan Street.

The original school building has lain derelict for many years and will now be transformed into new offices for Elderpark, with work expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The housing association’s chief executive Gary Dalziel explained: “Work is under way to restore Hills Trust School as part of our new housing and office development.

“Elderpark is proud to be preserving such an iconic Govan building.

“We want to hear from people who attended the school, who perhaps taught there or who have an interesting story to tell.

“Throughout the year we will be gathering these stories to build up a picture of what Hills Trust was like and we will publish some of them when we complete our housing project at Nethan Street.”

Elderpark is also looking for memorabilia such as school photos, class registers or prizes given to pupils.

The development in Nethan Street will consist of 70 flats and 12 houses and will be a short walk from Govan Shopping Centre and subway station.

If you would like to share your memories, old photos and memorabilia of Hills Trust School email hillstrustmemories@elderpark.org