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Black Isle harbour mystery solved as pieces fall into place


By Hector MacKenzie

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Avoch Primary pupils helped the Black Isle Men’s Shed group paint murals for the side of their storage container at the school. Picture: Callum Mackay
Avoch Primary pupils helped the Black Isle Men’s Shed group paint murals for the side of their storage container at the school. Picture: Callum Mackay

THE mystery of a missing Black Isle harbour has been solved...

A mural on a Men's Shed container next to Avoch Primary School on the peninsula was completed two years ago after a labour of love collaboration.

Members of the Black Isle Men's Shed (BIMS) invited pupils to draw pictures of the pieces of local heritage village that meant most to them.

They then set about work creating a much-admired mural which includes some familiar scenes.

But then it was noticed that section containing Avoch Harbour – a key feature of the fiercely proud fishing village – had gone missing.

The part of the mosaic featuring Avoch Harbour is missing. Picture: Steve Bramwell
The part of the mosaic featuring Avoch Harbour is missing. Picture: Steve Bramwell

An appeal for its return was issued via social media.

It was later discovered that the missing piece had apparently fallen off and was placed in the Scout hall for safe-keeping.

Steve Bramwell of BIMS later posted: "Thank you for all the supportive comments.

"I’m glad to hear that Avoch Harbour is no longer missing and is now waiting peacefully in the Scout hall to be stuck back on to the mural! A happy end to the mystery of the disappearing harbour..."

Avoch Primary kids pictured long before the Covid-19 crisis at the unveiling of the mural back in 2019. Picture: Callum Mackay
Avoch Primary kids pictured long before the Covid-19 crisis at the unveiling of the mural back in 2019. Picture: Callum Mackay

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