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PICTURES: Looking back on the ups and downs of a challenging year in the Highlands


By Ali Morrison

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Local reaction to the Scotland v England game in the Euros.It was an intense! Picture: James Mackenzie
Local reaction to the Scotland v England game in the Euros.It was an intense! Picture: James Mackenzie

A HAIR-RAISING charity effort, touching tributes to an old friend and an amazing and inspirational story of adapting and carrying on in the face of what could be seen as a huge personal tragedy are just some of the stories the Courier has reported on in the past 12 months.

Harry Ritchie-Mackenzie's 500-metre challenge Picture: Callum Mackay
Harry Ritchie-Mackenzie's 500-metre challenge Picture: Callum Mackay

As the COP26 global environmental conference in Glasgow loomed there were protests by green activists here in the Highlands.

Tesco checkout supervisor Charles Borthwick had his hair chopped for Little Princess Trust Picture: Callum Mackay
Tesco checkout supervisor Charles Borthwick had his hair chopped for Little Princess Trust Picture: Callum Mackay

On the lighter side there were also some great sporting moments to enjoy – both as participants and spectators – and live music was back on the agenda as Covid restrictions started to be eased.

Funeral cortege of former world pool champion Gavin Phillips passes the guard of honour. Picture HNM staff
Funeral cortege of former world pool champion Gavin Phillips passes the guard of honour. Picture HNM staff

As Omicron has proven, the road to recovery is certainly a bumpy one, and who knows what the next 12 months will bring.

Scottish Squash Open Finals. Women's final winner Georgina Kennedy. Picture: Callum Mackay
Scottish Squash Open Finals. Women's final winner Georgina Kennedy. Picture: Callum Mackay

But for now hopefully you can enjoy just a few of the amazing shots our photographers have captured covering your stories of life in all its variety over the course of 2021.

Extinction Rebellion Highland hold an Endangered Species Action in Inverness High Street. Picture: Callum Mackay
Extinction Rebellion Highland hold an Endangered Species Action in Inverness High Street. Picture: Callum Mackay
Monsterfest at the Ironworks: Marco on stage. Picture: James Mackenzie
Monsterfest at the Ironworks: Marco on stage. Picture: James Mackenzie

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