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The Invergordon Archive

Joey Macrae and Jean Macrae
The Invergordon Archive
Joey Macrae and Jean Macrae

This is a photo of my auntie Joey Macrae and my sister Jean Macrae. Taken at the book stall in Invergordon railway station, where she worked for many years till it closed down.


(The date is a guess - Site Admin.)
Picture added on 29 October 2015 at 17:33
Comments:
Great photo Muriel, I remember when the station at Invergordon had a newsagent shop, but this might have been taken at Dingwall.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 October 2015
Hi Harry, pleased you liked the picture of Joey and Jean. It was at Invergordon bookstall. Joey worked there till it closed down; after that she worked at Dingwall station till she retired. Jean and I spent many happy days with her at both places. I remember the trains stopping and people coming off the train for papers and sweets. It was great fun. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 30 October 2015
Hi Muriel
In 1955 I was 5 years old so cannot really remember the paper stall at the station. I do however remember a wee shop in Clyde Street that sold sweeties, Sunday papers etc ... it was between Bank Street and King Street and occupied the wee building that in later years was Appels the jewellers/watchmakers. I think the lady that ran that shop was a Macrae ... was it the same person your Auntie Joey? The shop did not seem to be open very often and I thought it was a bit of a mystery but always looked forward to when it was open.
Memories of days gone by .... when Invergordon was a place where everybody knew each other!
Anonymous comment added on 30 October 2015
Thanks Muriel, I do remember the bookstall closing and I remember hearing that she then went to Dingwall, you have confirmed that.
Yes the station used to be a busy place back then.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 October 2015
Hi Harry. Just to confirm Joey Macrae did run a little shop in Clyde Street. It was on a Sunday only. Mainly for Sunday papers. Jean and myself had the job of deiivering the orders for customers. As a youngster I often moaned about having to do it. Did you see The picture of Margaret I sent in - picture #1683. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 01 November 2015
Was shop on left hand side? Remember when fleet was in taking papers down to sell on middle pier near the pontoon.
Added by Gordon Will on 01 November 2015
Hi Muriel, yes saw Margaret's picture, not sure if she has.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 November 2015
Hi Muriel, I remember your Aunt Joey well. She was a lovely lady.
Added by Catherine MacKenzie (nee Clark) on 03 November 2015
Hi Catherine you are right, I spent a lot of time with Joey. Outram Street holds a lot of memories for me. All the folk who lived on the Street were lovely, including your own family. I enjoy this site very much, it is great to read all the stories. Hope you are well. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 03 November 2015
Looking at the picture, I think this was definitely Invergordon. When I worked there I used to pass the kiosk going from the main office to my (Office) where I kept all the posters and bill board gear for scraping off and replacing with new pictures. Does the station ever open for passengers and freight?
Added by Doug Will on 04 November 2015
Hi Doug. Yes the station does still run a passenger service. I did not know you worked in the station. I remember all your family. My brother Richard lives in a house beside the station. Regards Muriel
Added by Muriel Macrae on 09 November 2015
Hi Muriel after leaving Tommy Ross's shop on the High Street I worked in the Station as porter signalman. Main job filling the signal lamps on the different signal posts around the station, all the odd jobs going and trying to get a garden started on the opposite side from the kiosk. I used to look after the billboards changing the pictures according to the season. I knew Joey well and, when younger, used to get papers to sell down the pier. Did that house belong to the station master at one time? Nice hearing from you, cheers for now, Doug.
Added by Doug Will on 01 December 2015
Hi Doug nice to hear from you. The station will bring lots of memories for the people like yourself that worked there. I can't remember the station master who lived in the big house. I do remember your mother; I do recall my auntie Joey sending me to her to get a coat altered. She was a very good dressmaker. I was quite young then. It's funny the the things that come back to you. My sister Jean remembers you staying in Outram Street next to Joey. That must have been before you lived on Shore Road. Hope the rest of your family are well. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 02 December 2015
Hi Muriel and Doug, the station master was James Graham, little man from Ayr.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 December 2015
Mr Main was Stationmaster in the 60s and 70s and he lived in the house next to the station.
Anonymous comment added on 02 December 2015
Hi Muriel, met Richard when I came home couple years ago only other person I knew was Mr Clark who works at museum and the Walker Smith family was great talking to them as last in Invergordon was 1956 long time. I now live in Boston Lincs since 1961 after leaving the merchant navy; hope you and family are all good.
Added by Gordon Will on 02 December 2015
Hi Gordon, just got your message and felt I must reply straight away. I have just come of the phone after speaking to my husband who is down your way just now. He was born and brought up in Boston. He is staying with his mother, as his stepfather is having a hip operation. We still stay in Evanton. Richard and Jean are of course are still in Invergordon. Robert is in Evanton near me. I visit Boston twice a year, so I will be there this coming summer. It would nice to meet up, you never know. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 02 December 2015
Hi Muriel if your husband wants to visit I live at 78 Ingelow Avenue Boston; he's more than welcome to come.
Added by Gordon Will on 04 December 2015
Hi Gordon, thank you for that kind invitation. Brian's stepdad is having his hip op this Tuesday, he is eighty nine. At the moment he is looking after mum who is ninety four. There is so much going on. We will definitely visit you but probably in the summer. Keep in touch. Regards Muriel.
Added by Muriel Macrae on 05 December 2015
Hi Muriel, thanks for answering; as I said, anytime you're round this area. Gordon
Added by Gordon Will on 07 December 2015
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