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The Invergordon Archive

Bus Outing
The Invergordon Archive
Bus Outing

I think this was taken on the Struie Rd., probably on a bus trip somewhere.
Left to right are Annie Dunn, Harry Dunn and Billy Mart.
Billy was a friend of the family from Liverpool. My Aunty Nan Birch (Dunn) lived in Liverpool and told Billy about Invergordon, so he decided to come up and see for himself.
He loved Invergordon and the surrounding area and from then on it was an anual trip. He would ride his motorbike all the way from Liverpool. Sadly on one such trip he was killed on the road between Dalmore and Rosskeen, at a point where Invergordon just comes into view, .......so close.

The date would be early '50s.....
Picture added on 29 February 2008
Comments:
Harry this photograph was taken at the "million dollar view" on the Struie. You can make out the hills on the Spinningdale side of the Firth no problem at all.
Added by Duncan Murray on 02 March 2008
Thanks Duncan, they were likely heading to the Falls of Shin on a bus run. I remember the bus runs, the driver usually lived in Invergordon and he would simply drive his bus home the day before. We always had a pass-the-cap around for him.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 March 2008
Ah the Struie! Another "must see" for visitors to the town. I think it was on this road that there was a "roadhouse" pub, open to bona fide travellers on Sundays. This was in the days when alcohol was not available on Sundays unless you could declare that you were making a journey. I think many local men (including my Dad) suddenly found a need to travel out this way from time to time...
Added by Bill Geddes on 10 March 2008
Billy, I think that the pub was called Altnamain. It has been closed for about 5 years now.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(nee Clark) on 12 March 2008
It used to be the fashion on a Sunday for the local drinkers to travel all the way to Alness so that they could have a drink; it was the same for the Alness lads as well. You could then say you were a traveller.
Added by Doug Will on 12 March 2008
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