Reflections from Ross-shire 100, 50, 25 and 10 Years Ago
100 Years Ago
From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, 19th January, 1917
AT Dingwall Sheriff Court, two west coast hotelkeepers were charged with having supplied whisky contrary to the Liquor Order. Mr Burns, solicitor, Dingwall, appeared on their behalf and said that there was no question as to the facts. No hotelkeeper on the west coast could sell whisky unless they got a line from the doctor or some authorised person, and he was bound to send it to the fiscal within 48 hours. His client sold the whisky on a line from a policeman, but unfortunately failed to send it to the fiscal at the proper time. Sheriff Harvey, in view of the fact that the necessary authorisation had been received by both the accused dismissed them with an admonition.
Weather has been wintry for the last ten days. The conditions are seasonal, and an agreeable change from the wet weather which preceded.
50 Years Ago
From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, 20th January, 1967
THE County Further Education Officer, Mr Tom Maciver, is making arrangements for a course on computer technique in Dingwall on three Friday evenings and Saturday mornings in March. He stated at a recent meeting of the Further Education Sub-Committee that preliminary information indicated that a considerable enrolment would be forthcoming.
Faced with a small deficit on the year, Tain Golf Club has increased the annual subscription for men from five to seven guineas. The new rate covers Sunday golf. Formerly members had the option of Sunday play by paying a six guinea annual subscription. Dr R W Graham is captain for a second year.
It was only justice that Ross County should get both points for their recent match with Brora Rangers, which was abandoned after 88 minutes with County leading 2-0. At a meeting of the Highland League Management Committee at Elgin on Wednesday night, the decision was taken by seven votes to three.
The referee, Mr J A MacNiven, Inverness, said that failing light, heavy hail and protest from a goalkeeper that street lights could not allow him to see the ball, made him abandon the game.
Dingwall Town Council are raising no objections to an application by Mrs Sheena Thomson for permission to install a Gaming Machine in The Refreshment Rooms, Station Square. The proceeds from the machine are to be handed over in their entirety to Ross County Football Club.
25 Years Ago
From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, 17h January, 1992
POLL tax payers in Ross and Cromarty could be facing an increased district council change in the coming financial year of as much as £26 – on top of an average proposed rent rise of around £3 per week.
But justifying the potential poll tax rise, which along with the rent will be finally fixed this coming Tuesday, chief executive Rory Mair said very little of the increase was the result of extra spending by the council.
He told Ross and Cromarty councillors at a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Monday that £13 of the increase was due to a redistribution of grant from district to region, imposed by the Scottish Office, £4 for increased statutory environmental obligations, £2 for other expenditure to which the council was committed and £2 for non-collection of the tax in previous years.
Ross, Cromarty and Skye MP Charles Kennedy has voiced his very great concern over the continuing reports surrounding Transport Secretary Malcolm Rifkind’s forthcoming White Paper on rail privatisation – in light of the leaked contents of an internal British Rail document which warned that privatisation could see the axing of all rail services north of the central belt.
10 Years Ago
From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, 19th January, 2007
From Mulbuie to Melbourne and the House of Beauly to Harrods, the Highland 2007 tartan, which started off life as nothing more than a school project or pupils in the Black Isle, has become such an international success it is in the process of being taken over as a fully fledged business.
The Golden Broom designed by pupils from Mulbuie Primary School is reaching all corners of the globe – with reports of it even being sent as far away as Australia and America. In the run-up to last week’s official launch of the Highland Year of Culture, the school has been inundated with requests for the tartan, with 600 ties sold in December alone.
The personal service given to shoppers in Dingwall is “a privilege in this modern age”.
That was the stand-out comment of one shopper who took part in a survey undertaken in a town centre business this week. It could also be a pointer for a major bid to regenerate the capital of Ross. Responses to the survey, asking what attracted them to shop in Dingwall, have shown the town is held in a highly favourable light among visitors.
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