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Reflections from Ross-shire: From our files 100, 50 and 25 years ago

By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall Post Office outing which incorporated the Queen's Coronation.
Dingwall Post Office outing which incorporated the Queen's Coronation.

100 Years Ago

Friday, November 28, 1919

DINGWALL Library Committee hope to be able to complete arrangements for opening the billiard and recreation room in the Carnegie Buildings on

Monday, 8th December. The main reading room will remain as at present and a number of additional papers will be introduced. Billiards, and other games will be confined to the library and adjoining room.

The first motor boat built and launched at Avoch is a fishing boat built by Mr Ralph, boatbuilder, and owned by Mr H Patience, James Street, Avoch. On Saturday, the boat, which is installed with a Kelvin engine, made a successful trial trip.

A meeting of those interested in the St John's Ambulance motor at Tain was held at Nigg last week. A committee of which Mr Joseph Budge is chairman, and Mrs Mackay, the Manse, is secretary was appointed.

It was felt that the charges for its use were rather high, and the secretary was asked to say that it should be left to local committee to say what, if anything, should be charged where the full charge would be considered a hardship.

Invergordon has received a howitzer gun as a war memento.

50 Years Ago

Friday, November 28, `1969

THE annual general meeting of the Scottish Sand and Land Yacht Association is to be held at the Station Hotel, Achnasheen, this week-end, and will be attended by representatives from as far apart as Dunnet Head and Dunbar. The proprietor of the Hotel, Mr Tony M. Holland, is a founder-member of the Dunbar Club, and is president of the Association.

He has competed in many regattas as far afield as Dunnet and Lytham-St Anne's. Although the business of establishing himself in the Hotel will not leave much time for active sand yachting in the next year or so, he hopes to be able to assist those interested in the sport in this area to get started.

Among eight students to receive post-graduate studentships by the Department of Agriculture for Scotland was Mr J. S. Stuart, Balavil, Conon Bridge, who will be studying agriculture engineering at Newcastle University.

25 Years Ago

Friday, November 25, 1994

ROSS and Cromarty councillors gave qualified support to the year round Ben Wyvis ski resort proposal at a meeting this week – but were blasted

for their lack of enthusiasm for the project!

The broadside was delivered by Invergordon councillor Isobel Rhind who queried whether their enthusiasm had slipped out the back door.

Councillor Rhind urge councillors at a meeting of the development services committee, “We have got to drive this thing forward.”

She said she supported a large scale tourist development on Ben Wyvis, but subject to certain caveats with regard to the access road along the Heights of Dochcarty and at Achterneed.

Invergordon Golf Club is to play the district council £1 a year rent for land being used to extend the club to 18 holes.

Members of Ross and Cromarty District Council leisure services committee were told this week the rent would rise to £3200 per annum once the

course had been completed and was opened for regular play.

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