Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has paid tribute to campaigners and members of the local community who have fought tooth and nail to save local primary schools from closure.
Mr Mundell welcomed the decision by Dumfries and Galloway Council to halt the process of closing three schools in the region, including Ae Primary.
Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: "A pause in this process is to be very much welcomed.
"Like Conservative councillors I have been opposed to this ridiculous fools errand from the start.
"Once again it shows how out of touch some councillors on Dumfries and Galloway Council are with local opinion.
"Rather than try and backtrack and save face, the council should just take these proposals off the table altogether and let our teachers get back to doing what they do best; serving our rural communities."