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The Invergordon Archive

High Street Invergordon 1960s
The Invergordon Archive
High Street Invergordon 1960s

A tinted postcard of the High Street looking west. It is thought that the photo was taken about 1964.
Picture added on 01 June 2011 at 09:39
I don't remember the tower on the upper front middle of the Royal. There again, I was only 7 in 1964 - and I'm pretty sure the tower wasn't there in later years, or am I wrong?
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 17 June 2011
Hi Kenny, as far as I know it was always there. picture #1102 taken in 1950 shows it in the larger version. However there was a fire at the hotel in the early '50s and I do not know if the tower was affected at that time.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 June 2011
Kenny, if you look on the Invergordon off the wall site, there is a pic there of the hotel after the fire in 1972 and the tower is still standing.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 18 June 2011
The house this side of the Royal Hotel, is that not the house where Ross Mcleod used to live? Can also remember the shop on the right of the red car used to have many model making kits, meccano sets. I can always remember buying my lead soldiers and lead battleships there. Amazing the memories a photograph brings back!
Added by Doug Will on 22 June 2011
Yes Doug the house by the Royal Hotel is where Ross Macleod lived. I was in the same class at school as his sister Ann, also in the same class as your brother Gordon. Would the shop by the red car be Nonie Macleod's as that was a toy shop?
Added by Janet Shoosmith (Macpherson) on 22 June 2011
Hi Doug
You are correct Ross and family lived there in fact it was fairly recently that his mother sadly passed away (Anna Louie). The shop to the right of the red car was Nonnies an absolute dream for wee boys.
Added by John Mitchell on 23 June 2011
The Royal Hotel was the only place in town which had a bar comparable with a modern day comfortable pub. I reckon this was because of the Naval connection...the other drinking holes in town were subject to periodic invasion by sailors and resulting punch ups and other shenanigans. The Royal did have a public bar round the back next to Munroe’s garage. Because the Caley and the Clach (I think that was what they were called) were a bit rough the Royal was the place of choice for the town’s more genteel boozers. The British Legion also offered a quieter option but only when the fleet was not in port.
There was huge bars in the wooden NAAFI buildings at the Recreation Ground but sailors seemed to like the bars in town...maybe the beer was better?
Apart from the Legion and the Royal, all the bars were Government controlled until the ’60s. I believe the beer too came from a Government owned brewery in Carlisle.
Added by Bill (Tufty) Geddes on 23 June 2011
The pubs were called the Caledonian (Caley) and the Commercial or Com. Won’t make any remarks about the pubs but in those days it was uncommon to see ladies in the pubs and for those of us who could not afford the prices in the Royal we were very glad to have those two drinking places.
Added by Doug Will on 23 June 2011
Billy, it was the Caley and the Commercial (Com).
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 June 2011
Thanks Harry & Doug. I knew they began with C but as I was too young to get in them when I lived there I did not have a clear memory of what they were called. Next to the one on the High Street was the off licence unofficially known as "The Control". I think it was the only place you buy drink to take away, although Boyds may well have had a licence as his was the poshest grocer shop in the town.
Added by Bill (Tufty) Geddes on 23 June 2011
The Commercial/Com has been shut for many years now. The original Com was extended with the addition of a new bar at the back - The Silver Dollar. There are murmurs that the Com may re-open and that the steps from the High Street to the swing doors may be used again!
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 25 June 2011
I would guess that Tufty was getting confused with two of the Inverness football teams at that time, Caley & Clachnacuddin.... or else he has been visiting his local hostelry a bit too much lately!!
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 25 June 2011
Kenny,the steps at the Com were fatal to many. Waiting to see Tufty's comments.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 25 June 2011
Now it just happens that I was enjoying a wee glass o' the cratur when I made ma observations aboot the Invergordon hostelries and ah canny deny that my judgement may weel have been a wee bit awry. Of course ah was niver a fan o' Clach or Caley it was (and still is) Ross County for me.
Added by Bill (Tufty) Geddes on 25 June 2011
Well done Tufty; mind you, you'd never talk like that in Gogglie's class.
Ross county for me too.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 June 2011
I remember standing as a teenager when the doors to the Comm flew open and members of two well known local families spilled out down the steps onto the pavement fighting. A few bloody noses and a bit of punching and then all back up the steps to finish their drinks.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 26 June 2011
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