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Reflections from Ross-shire: A glimpse into our old files 100, 50 and 25 years ago


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Limmer Trinidad squad working on the Balgy Gap early in the 1960s. Until the Balgy Gap was breached in 1963, there was a lengthy diversion to get from Shieldaig to Torridon. Mrs J. MacDonald of Dingwall shared this photograph for which she has most of the names: Ian MacLennan, Dan Crombie, Cameron Shepherd, Bert Shepherd and Robin and Willie Newton (twins). Another worker was nicknamed Cash and another she has down as Tommy.
The Limmer Trinidad squad working on the Balgy Gap early in the 1960s. Until the Balgy Gap was breached in 1963, there was a lengthy diversion to get from Shieldaig to Torridon. Mrs J. MacDonald of Dingwall shared this photograph for which she has most of the names: Ian MacLennan, Dan Crombie, Cameron Shepherd, Bert Shepherd and Robin and Willie Newton (twins). Another worker was nicknamed Cash and another she has down as Tommy.

100 Years Ago

Friday, June 6, 1919

EASTER Ross has found an admirable exponent of the gun in Constable Scott of the Metropolitan Police, Invergordon. During two evenings last week he was out after the farmer's pest, and his bag consisted of 750 crows.

Miss C. M. Munro, for many years with Mrs G. Ingram, draper, Dingwall, has taken over the old established business in Evanton, formerly carried on by the late Mr M. Munro. The business includes that of a general draper, ladies and gents outfitter, millinery and boots and shoes. Miss Munro is well-known in both Evanton and Dingwall.

An Invergordon labourer has been committed for trial in the Dingwall Sheriff Court on a charge of stealing a set of squirrel furs, three bicycles valued at £28, and a ladies hand bag containing 16/6 in money and several articles. The thefts are alleged to have been committed at various places in Invergordon between 19th March and 24th May, 1919.

A very interesting football match was played at the Jubilee Park, Dingwall, on Monday last, when Dingwall Juvenile Hearts met and defeated by 2 goals to nil, Strathpeffer. Dingwall, though the lighter team, had the better of the game and well-deserved their victory, which is the second time they have defeated Strathpeffer, having recorded 3 goals against 0 at Strathpeffer last week.

50 Years Ago

Friday, June 6, 1969

A SANDY beach in Dingwall! During the past few weeks work was carried out on behalf of Dingwall Amenities Committee, clearing the stretch of beach at the North side of the entrance to Dingwall Harbour, and young Dingwall will be delighted to learn that it has been crowned with success. The area has been enlarged, and should prove an enticing target for youngsters and their mothers on a warm, sunny day in summer.

Members of the Muir of Ord Woman's Guild travelled to Ullapool last Thursday evening on their annual outing. Weather conditions were perfect and the scenery en route was enjoyed to the full. A halt was made at Aultguish Inn, where the party had an excellent high tea, before preceding on their way to Ullapool. The company sang “Happy Birthday to You” to Mrs Hugh Mackenzie, whose birthday it was. Everyone enjoyed the trip, and take this opportunity of thanking the coach driver, Mr Robert Wilson, for the efficient and courteous manner in which he looked after members.

25 Years Ago

Friday, June 3, 1994

THURSDAY, 26th May, 1994, will be a date indelibly enshrined in the sporting history of Dingwall Academy, and the Highlands, for that matter.

On that day, at Hampden Park, Glasgow, the home of Scottish football, the Academy's Under-18 football team won the Scottish School Under-18 Shield a handsome trophy, which captain Greig Mackenzie had difficulty in handling after it had been presented to him at the close of a memorable final.

Neal Sinclair scored the only goal in the final against Cardinal Newman School, Bellshill.

The team was: Michael Rae; James Hayton, Russell Magill, Graham Cowie, Andrew Tamata, Craig Walker, Bruce Maclean (John Tuach), Willie Watt (Steven Illingworth), Alan Houston, Greig Mackenzie and Neal Sinclair.

Substitutes – Paul Cowie, Graham Mackenzie and Alan Boyd.

Manager; Jack Sutherland, trainer; Don Cowie.

Furious district councillors lashed out at moves by Highland Regional Council's roads and transport committee to impose car park charges in Dingwall and Tain.


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