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The Invergordon Archive

Primary One Class Photo, Cromlet Building, Invergordon, 1962/3
The Invergordon Archive
Primary One Class Photo, Cromlet Building, Invergordon, 1962/3

The names of persons are as follows and my apologies to former class mates for any mis-spellings of names:

Back Row (left to right): Lorna Mitchell, Haig McArthur, Gordon Knox, Graham Dingwall, Robert McVitie, Peter Ross, Freda Loshe, Laura Anne Hay, Ian Palmer, Alana Ritchie, Carol Lane.
Middle Row: Graeme Askew, Michael Coghill, Jean Savage, Alastair MacKay, Wendy Connel, Elaine Ross, Kathryn MacKay, Ross MacDonald, Anne Wilkie, William Reid, William Loshe.
Front Row: Glen Stebbens, Marie Westphal, Glen Thomson, Alan Kennedy, Fiona MacLeod, Jacqueline Fraser, Linda Clark, Fraser Moir, Ann Millar, Sinclair Sutherland.

Teacher (not in photo) was Miss Isa? Chrystal.
Picture added on 18 April 2010 at 11:45
Hi Graeme, what a surprise seeing this photo, I have never seen it before. Will be showing the rest of my family including my grandchildren!
All the best, Anne Wilkie
Added by Anne Wilkie on 25 June 2010
Thanks Anne. Good to hear from you - last time I met you was on Dingwall High Street probably about 20 years ago now! Scary how time has passed so quickly. I would love to hear an update on how and where our former classmates are now. Kind regards, Graeme.
Added by Graeme Askew on 04 August 2010
I don t remember this photo either Graeme. I've often wondered what the girls name is beside Tumfy (Alan) I just remembered her as FI FI and did she have something to do with the Rhua Hotel. I remember going there with her once but she wasn't in school with us for long. Poor Glenn we had a lot of happy times sledging on the Bulls hill.
Added by Elaine Maclellan (Ross) on 01 August 2016
Hi Elaine. I'm pretty sure Fifi as we both remember her was Fiona MacLeod but I may be out with her surname. I think she lived in the cottages somewhere as I've vague recollections of us walking or going home together living in the same direction. I also think she had a sister close in age to us but again I could be be wrong. She wasn't in our class for too long though. I'd love to know what happened to everyone inc where Tumfy is now. Miss Crystal was a real tyrant though!
Added by Graeme Askew on 02 August 2016
Fiona MacLeod came to the school in p7 and lived in the cottages. Her dad was a policeman who had been transferred from Stornoway and she has a brother who is younger. Are you thinking of her? The Fifi in p1 is not Fiona and I don't know much more about her other than she stayed at the Rhua for a short time. It was the only time I have ever been in the building. Perhaps someone else can add something to the mystery.
Miss Chrystal gave out fruit sweets like oddfellows if you were good and wore a floral smock top to protect her clothes from the chalk. She set the bar for discipline for the following classes. A look was enough.
Added by Elaine Maclellan (Ross) on 02 August 2016
Hi Elaine, no not getting confused with Fiona MacLeod who has a brother Roy who I was friendly with and a younger sister Rhona who lives in Dingwall area. I can recollect getting a lift in Sparky's minibus which dropped us at home and Fifi I'm sure was on the bus en route the cottages. Could be completely wrong however. Mutual friend Peter Ross might recollect. I don't think I ever got any sweets from Miss Crystal but did receive the belt from her at that tender age. I must have been bad. Poor Glenn Thomson was petrified of her, amongst others of course.
Added by Graeme Askew on 02 August 2016
Surely someone can solve the mystery of Fifi? My sister remembered her but no details.
I don't ever remember you being naughty Graeme.
Added by Elaine Maclellan (Ross) on 03 August 2016
Fond memories of Invergorden and especially Elaine Ross really sorry to hear sad news re Marie Ross I'm so out of touch. Marie and John were a lovely couple and they had two beautiful daughters.
Added by Ruaraidh Nicolson on 19 March 2018
Invergordon is so different to when you would have been here. The smelter, Shands and Nigg all gone now so much quieter. Hope all good with you and Peggy.
Added by Elaine Maclellan (Ross) on 20 March 2018
Peggy widowed and lost her only daughter four years ago in car accident. I'm good still working and just couldn't resist going down memory lane had such a happy time working and living in Invergordon and spoilt by Ross family. Hope Leslie is fine and your own family. I also remember Graham Askew from old job.
Added by Ruaraidh Nicolson on 21 March 2018
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