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Reflections from our Old Files: 100, 50 and 25 Years Ago

By Hector MacKenzie

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A group of WRVS women at an outside kitchen pre 1950. It was situated in Tulloch Street, Dingwall near the old Mackay Garage. Picture: Courtesy of Dingwall Museum Trust
A group of WRVS women at an outside kitchen pre 1950. It was situated in Tulloch Street, Dingwall near the old Mackay Garage. Picture: Courtesy of Dingwall Museum Trust

100 Years Ago

Friday, August 8, 1919

THE heavy showers of Thursday morning failed to put out the fire on Tain Hill. The peat had caught, and the high wind on Saturday renewed the fire worse than ever. The whole hill and country to the south east were covered with a thick pall of smoke, and some of it was carried into the town. Trees were burning at Tainfield.

The Ross-shire staff of the North of Scotland College of Agriculture are to have a stand at the Victory Cattle Show to be held at Dingwall next Friday, illustrative of the work done by the college instructors. The exhibition will include fruit-bottling, butter, cheese, and trussed poultry.

Among Tain men at present on furlough is Mr Henry Maitland, of the Indian Civil Service, after service as commissioner and judge in Bengal.

He is a son of Provost Maitland. Captain Ronald Macdonald, originally of the Tain Coy., 4th Seaforths, son of the Sheriff Clerk Depute, is also on furlough after service in India.

Mr Tredgold, son-in-law of Mr Burnett, Railway Hotel, Dingwall, who had been engaged in the Dockyard at Invergordon, for some years, leaves the North this week for Malta, where he has been promoted Deputy Naval Stores Officer there.

50 Years Ago

Friday, August 8, 1969

A TRAFFIC sign at the Royal Hotel, Dingwall, remains a cause of confusion to hundreds of motorists seeking the route to the North.

Keeping an eye on signs where they can be seen, just on or above eye level, they inevitably turn off the A9 and land at a dead end at the foot of Castle Street. One begins to wonder if the sign is really necessary, because there is a multitude of less vague indications of the road North just on the traffic lights itself. Everything appears to have been tried to meet the situation, surely now is the time to remove the sign.

Ross County are one of the few Scottish teams which have had any kind of luck against English opposition in pre-season matches. All the top clubs have fallen by the wayside, even the great Celtic, but County came shining through their friendly tussle with an Aston Villas team on Saturday with flying colours.

Lynas (2), Brownlee, Sokolowski and Maclennan were County's scorers in a 5-1 win.

25 Years Ago

Friday, August 5, 1994

ROSS and Cromarty Divisional Planning Committee signalled its disapproval after hearing a listed signal box at Dingwall station had been demolished without permission – some two years ago!

But as well as giving Railtrack a verbal rap on the knuckles, planning committee members also gave themselves one too, for taking so long to notice the category B-listed 100-year-old box had gone.

The swim bus service, introduced by Lochalsh and Skye Pool to transport children from the Glenshiel and Achmore areas to the pool in Kyle, has been extended to cover the Lochcarron area.

Fifteen hundred fans were treated to an exhibition by a scintillating Bolton Wanderers side in a 7-0 win at Victoria Park last Monday night.

Bruce Rioch's men, on tour in the Highlands, produced a fabulous performance of quality football and showed the form which gave them a convincing 4-1 win over the mighty Liverpool only two weeks ago.

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