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By Hector MacKenzie

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Four Dingwall gents pictured early last century pitting their wits against each other in a dominoes match. They were all well-kent faces in the community. From left to right: Mr D M Watt, editor Ross-shire Journal, Mr Roderick Mackenzie, plumber, Sergt-major Heffernan and Mr John Munro, photographer..
Four Dingwall gents pictured early last century pitting their wits against each other in a dominoes match. They were all well-kent faces in the community. From left to right: Mr D M Watt, editor Ross-shire Journal, Mr Roderick Mackenzie, plumber, Sergt-major Heffernan and Mr John Munro, photographer..

Coigach hall breakthrough

From the edition of October 25, 1997

The residents of the Coigach peninsula were celebrating last week’s announcement that the Highland Council’s bid for grant aid under the Scottish Office’s Capital Grants Scheme had been successful.

The grant, paid over two years, will take the community a step closer to its aim of building a new hall.

Harry Hassall of Coigach Community Trust said: “This is what we have been waiting for. The Scottish Office grant released the logjam since it is central to the funding package for the hall. Together with support from Highland Council and Ross and Cromarty Enterprise, it now allows a bid to be considered by the European Regional Development Fund. We hope that this will prove to be the final piece in the funding jigsaw.”

He paid tribute to Highland Council’s unwavering support. It was noted the present drill hall was in a bad state of repair and too small for many functions.

Move on Port Authority bid

From the edition of October 29, 1971

Ross and Cromarty County Council last week decided to obtain a provisional order for the setting up of a Port Authority and are to employ Parliamentary agents for the purpose.

The recommendation came from the planning committee following a meeting involving Highlands and Islands Development Board, various government departments and the Ministry of Defence.

The creation of the Harbour Authority with full powers would involve considerable expenditure both on capital and running costs and proof of economic viability would be a necessary prerequisite of its successful promotion.

The procedure had financial implications, with the expenditure involved in promoting the order as well as the running costs of the Board in the initial phase of the operation having to be borne by the local authority, apart from any contribution which might be forthcoming from other sources.

Oats, bowls and opera

From the edition of October 21, 1921

The price of oats has fallen considerably, only 21/ a quarter being offered last Friday at the Tain Corn Market.

Tain's bowlers have concluded the season. In the final for the vice-president's prize J.R. Strachan defeated S.M. Ross by 21-20.

Alness Philharmonic Society has been resurrected after being defunct since 1910. There is still £15 in hand. A committee has been formed to make arrangements for the ensuing season.

Tain Operatic Society is anxious to get started again and the only difficulty is to get a conductor to succeed Mrs Ross Henderson who did so admirably in The Pirates of Penzance last season.

The group of aeroplanes left Delny last weekend and most of the fleet steamed out of Cromarty Firth on Monday morning. The blue jackets put a good deal of money in circulation on both sides of the Cromarty Firth while the ships were there.

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