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The Invergordon Archive

The Navy's in Town
The Invergordon Archive
The Navy's in Town

Peg MacKay and Isobel Ross, with a couple of matelots, outside Madges tea-room at the corner of Ross St. and Hugh Miller St.

(The date is a pure guess and may offend the ladies! - Site Admin.)
Picture added on 24 November 2007
1950s I would say. Did we really have boy sailors? They all seemed like hulking
big fellas to me. Perhaps they are cadets?
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 December 2007
Yes Bill we did. The lads on the training ships like HMS GANGES were known as "Boys". They were very young like these two....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 December 2007
Sorry Bill, you are right about the date. We only came to Invergordon in 1956 and I cannot remember Madge's Tea Rooms being open.
Added by Gordon Peterson on 06 December 2007
Hi Gordon, I left town in 1957 but continued to go home most weekends until the early 60s. I don't remember anywhere called Madges. The only cafe in my time was Macs on the High Street - the only place in town to hang out, in my era. Oh how deprived we were!
Added by Bill Geddes on 07 December 2007
I think this cafe was across Ross Street from Cooper the naval tailor and in front of the house at one time occupied by Mr Ross the picture house manager.
Can someone confirm?
Added by Ronald Stewart on 09 December 2007
I am sure you are right on the location Ronald - I cannot actually remember it being open in my time but I remember the building exactly where you describe it and being told that it once was a cafe. The door was at one side of the building and a large window made up the rest of the frontage.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 10 December 2007
Hi Ronald, yes you are correct. It is the lemonade shop located exactly where you said. It was run by two sisters, related to Ali Baba the picture house manager. This cafe is mentioned elsewhere on the site.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 10 December 2007
This cafe is shown on picture #562 of this site.
Anonymous comment added on 13 December 2007
I think this picture is much earlier than 1960. The location of the Cafe is correct and you are right, it was the lemonade shop, Harry. Definitely Peggy Mackay and Isobel Ross. I wonder why Alistair Ross was nicknamed "Ali Baba"?
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 17 December 2007
Rosalie, his nickname came from the shortening of his name from Alistair to Ali, hence Ali Baba. Don't think it had anything to do with the fictional character of Ali Baba and the forty thieves...Everyone had a nickname back then, some were never explained. Some I remember are, Trog, Sconner, Podge, Tout, Itchy-coo and numerous others...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 December 2007
This is my late mum Peggy Mackay the date would be before 1960 as she was married in 1957 and living in Edinburgh.

(Thank you and I've altered the date accordingly - Site Admin.)
Added by Karen Laidlaw on 24 August 2018
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