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Reflections from Ross-shire: A look back at our old files from 100, 50 and 25 years ago


By Hector MacKenzie


Three Avoch fisherwomen pose for a photograph in between sorting out the herring catch. Picture courtesy of Avoch Heritage Society.
Three Avoch fisherwomen pose for a photograph in between sorting out the herring catch. Picture courtesy of Avoch Heritage Society.

100 Years Ago

Friday, September 26, 1919

THE White Star liner Vedic arrived at Invergordon on Saturday in a damaged condition, having been driven on to the rocks off North Ronaldsay, Orkney. She was holed in a bunker, and making some water.

Through the aid of American mine sweepers she was taken off the rocks and arrived under her own steam. Two thousand troops, mostly Russian, along with refugees, are on board, and up to the present the vessel is lying at the East Pier.

The cadre of the 1/4th Seaforth Highlanders will arrive in Dingwall by the 12.10a.m. Train on Tuesday. The Town Council have arranged to give the cadre a civic welcome and to entertain the officers and men to luncheon in the National Hotel. The cadre will be composed of 50 men and

several officers.

The return of the 1/4th Seaforth after five years service is of great interest to the County, and the cadre is assured of a hearty welcome in the county town.

The German howitzer sent to Tain from the War Office has been placed in position in the ornamental ground at the corner of Station Brae and Chapel Street, north east of, and beneath the Old St Duthus Church, where two memorial trees were planted.

50 Years Ago

Friday, September 26, 1969

THERE seems little prospect that a bus station will be provided at the Station Square, Dingwall.

At this month's meeting of Dingwall Town Council, Provost Robert Macleod reported on discussions members had with representatives of Highland

Omnibuses Ltd., including their architect.

It was explained that the Highland Transport Group could not consider going ahead with the provision of a a bus station, for the simple reason

British Rail wanted a rent of £700 per annum for the site concerned. The bus company would be responsible for all buildings, including restaurant

and shops, and would also be responsible for 50 per cent of the upkeep of Station Square.

Ten-year-old Mabel Mackenzie, 3 Bermuda Road, Invergordon, who on 26th July threw a bottle containing a letter into the sea at Balintraid Pier,

has just received a reply from 11-year-old Rolf Kolpin, 404 Neuss/Rhein, Clarenbachstr, Germany. Rolf states that he found Mabel's letter (bottle-post) when on his holidays in the North Sea, and that he learned English in school for two years.

25 Years Ago

Friday, September 23, 1994

A NINETEEN-year-old from Alness in Easter Ross will join thousands of students for their first taste of university life next week, but for Peter Carson his first day of lectures will be particularly special.

For Peter has overcome the barrier of dyslexia to win a place at Luton University in Bedfordshire to pursue a three-year degree course in mapping and computing science.

Professor Martin Carver, from York University, and his team of young archaeologists are now entering the third and final week of their

archaeological evaluation of the Tarbat Old Church Site at Portmahomack, on the Easter Ross peninsula.

They are delighted with the results of their work so far, and have already unearthed evidence about the way of life of the people of a settlement, on this fertile low-ground area, during the first thousand years after the death of Christ.



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