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Reflections from Ross-shire 100, 50 and 25 years ago

By Hector MacKenzie

Irene Bell and Shona Gray with a wedding dress from the 1960's with some christening robe's in the backgroundPicture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 033353
Irene Bell and Shona Gray with a wedding dress from the 1960's with some christening robe's in the backgroundPicture: Callum Mackay. Image No. 033353

100 Years Ago

Friday, April 11, 1919

IT is now over 4 ½ years ago since the members of the Dingwall Victoria United Football Club, almost to a man, volunteered in answer to the call to arms. Since then no game of football of any importance has been witnessed on the Jubilee Park. Some of the players have gone never to return, others have received injuries that incapacitates them from playing and only a few of the old invincibles are left. There is, however, new blood in the town and with the object of blending the old and the new an effort is to be made to resuscitate the “Vics.” With this object in view a meeting will be held in the Burgh Court-house, Dingwall, on Tuesday evening, and all interested are cordially invited to attend.

It will be seen by advertisement in today's paper that Mr H. Mackenzie, Knockfarrel, who has just been demobilised from the Army, is opening the Hairdressing Salon alongside the Pavilion Strathpeffer, to-morrow.

Before mobilising Mr Mackenzie, who engaged in the business with the late Mr D. Fraser, Dingwall, and while in the Army was barber to the battalion.

The weather in the West has been very stormy and wet for the last three weeks. In Poolewe the land is a swamp and planting cannot be done for some days to come.

50 Years Ago

Friday, April 11, 1969

THIS week John Mackay, twin son of Mr Alistair Mackay, Meiklefield Square, Dingwall, and the late Mrs Mackay, left Dingwall for Perth, Western Australia, where he is to take up a new life. John was a popular member of the staff of John M. Munro Ltd., Butchers, Dingwall, and before he left he was presented with a parting gift by Mrs Munro on behalf of the management and staff. He was closely associated with Dingwall Fire Brigade in their various activities for the benefit of the town and its residents. Everyone will wish him the best of luck down-under.

A large crowd lined the South end of Dingwall's High Street last Friday forenoon, to watch the ill-starred Longhope lifeboat as it passed through the burgh on its way to the R.N.L.I. Depot at Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire. Set high on the articulated vehicle carrying it on its long journey from Scrabster, as the lifeboat passed through there were many sad thoughts on the grievous tragedy in which it had so recently figured.

25 Years Ago

Friday, April 8, 1994

CONON Bridge will be all set to have that blooming look this summer when barrels filled with flowers will be place at various spots throughout the village.

Mr Donnie Munro, chairman of the Conon Community Council is delighted with the donations of barrels and offers of help with the village's floral tribute.

Those who donated include Dalmore Distillery, Alness; Ross-shire Oils, Dingwall; Mr Howard Taylor; Mr Gavin Taylor; Spar Shop, Conon; Mr and Mrs Hayden; Mr and Mrs Lyall; Mr and Mrs J Clark; Mrs A Munro and Head to Toe, Conon.

Ross-shire artists have taken all the prizes in this year's Highland Open Art Exhibition, which opened in Eden Court, Inverness, last weekend.

Marion Notman, 42, of Tain, took the Convener's Prize of £500 for her water-colours of Glenlyon, Winter and Killilan and Gillian Jones, of Cromarty, received the 'Jon Schueler Award' for her picture 'Towards Nativity'.

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