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Reflections from Ross-shire Looking Back at Our Old Files from 100, 50 and 25 Years Ago

By Hector MacKenzie

Friday, March 21, 1919

MANY of the older inhabitants of Dingwall regret to hear of the death of Mr John Munro, for 45 years a well-known baker in Dingwall, who died on Wednesday at the house of his son-in-law, Mr Duncan Maclennan, tailor and clothier, Mayfield, Dingwall.

He had been in indifferent health for some time past and he passed away in his 78th year. A native of Cromarty, he left his native town many years ago and started as a master baker, carrying out business at both Tain and Dingwall.

After about two years in Tain, he came to Dingwall to devote his entire attention to the business in the county town.

An interesting exhibition of farm implements is being given each Wednesday in Dingwall, by Mr Kenneth Mackenzie, the well-known agricultural engineer from Evanton, and the keenest interest is being evinced in the exhibits by all agriculturist. The last exhibition included a new potato sorter, and the new Amanco Saw Bench, driven by the Amanco paraffin engine. Both are invaluable implements for the farm.

Lost and Found – Strayed to Milnafua, Alness, two Cheviot Hoggs. If not claimed within fourteen days they will be sold, the paper told its readers.

Friday, March 21, 1969

ON his retirement from Dingwall Fire Brigade after fifty years’ service, Mr Dot Macdonald, Old River Road, Dingwall, was recently presented with a gold wristlet watch.

Ex-Provost Alex Macrae, a former member of the Brigade, presided at a gathering in the Fire Brigade clubrooms, and gave an interesting, and at times, humorous, history of the Brigade over the past half century.

He paid tribute to the voluntary service of Dot and all others, who, in those early days had given unpaid service to the Brigade in Dingwall.

Thirteen teams are to take part in the Dingwall and District Amateur Football League programme this season.

They are: Taywood Wrightson, Invergordon; Victoria (Ross County’s third team),Tain, Alness, Park Youth Club and Maryburgh in the North Section.

Conon, Culbokie, Cromarty, Knockbain, Tore and Beauly were lined up for the South.

The winners of the respective sections meet in a final to decide the championship.

Friday, March 18, 1994

A NEW scheme to enhance the use of Gaelic in the tourist industry has just been launched.

The initiative, called A Sense of Place, will encourage shops, pubs, hotels, restaurants and other amenities to provide bilingual signs in a drive to promote the cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands.

It will form part of an overall cultural tourism programme to be unveiled shortly by FIONAN, the Comunn na Gaidhlig development partnership project. Under the scheme a 50 per cent grant up to a maximum of £500 will be offered to outlets to provide the Gaelic/English signs.

Plans for a single Pan-Highland authority to replace the existing district councils and regional council, were unanimously rejected by businessmen and women at a meeting this week in Fortrose.

The meeting organised by Ross and Cromarty Business Association discussed the proposed re-organisation and the effect it will have on the area.

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