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The Invergordon Archive

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The Invergordon Archive
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What is this occasion?
Picture added on 12 May 2004
The man on the left is Jocky Mackay (Gertrude's father) and his wife is the second woman in.
Added by Jet Robb and Lilian Boon (nee Andrews) on 15 August 2004
I believe this could be a fancy dress parade held in the grounds of what is now the Academy. Every year the British Legion had a sports day and picnic on those grounds too.
Added by Meg MacDonald on 11 September 2004
The stout gentleman Mr MacKay was the Town Provost for many years circa the 50s.
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
Agree with the Provost Mackay identification, but I cannot recognise the location in Invergordon, a building with verandah? Not the naval canteen, and not the tennis or golf club pavillion. Looks a little like the pavilion that used to stand in the Crawl Park at Alness with the railway embankment behind on left of picture.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 18 September 2005
Ronald, the location might just be the long wooden NAFFI canteen which used to be on the old naval recreation grounds (a veranda ran all along the front). There were several air-raid shelters on the site; they took a form similar to a large grassy tent with a concrete entrance at each end. If this is the canteen it is a very historical site as it was here that naval ratings first held meetings to discuss the pay cuts which led up to the mutiny. I believe they threw some officers out of the building so that any plans would be secret.
Added by Billy Geddes on 19 October 2005
Old golf club at Seabank?
Added by anon on 20 October 2005
I think this is up where the old scout hall used to be but a little further in; think it was the old golf course hut. I think the man in the back row on the end is Mr Woodburn the Burgh Surveyor? - and maybe his wife?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 June 2008
Harry, I do not think this is Mr Woodburn. I will ask Sheena when I see her in a couple of weeks time. Sheena and I have great chats about Invergordon when we meet. We are spending a couple of days in London together next month so I will let you know then.
Added by Anne James (Bridges) on 23 June 2008
If the date 1900 is correct for this photograph, Provost MacKay must have been about 200 years old when he gave up office.

(The date has been altered to 1950, which is still an estimate - Site Admin.)
Added by Gordon Peterson on 23 June 2008
Think this is the old golf club house. The scout hut was further along. They also used to have the fair ground in that area. Painful memories for me there - almost lost my eye running round the stalls and falling over and getting my face gouged open by a loose nail. Luckily Dr Auchterlonie's place was just round the corner and was treated quickly. Saved me losing my right eye.
Anonymous comment added on 23 June 2008
Thanks Anne, I think you are right, it isn't him, but he is still familiar but I can't place who it is. However, say Hello to Sheena for me.
To anon, I remember well the fair, Charlie Hercher's sideshows, takes me back over 50 years, always fun times there, swing-boats and all.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 24 June 2008
Anne, would you please let Sheena know that I'm asking after her? I often wonder how she is and what she is doing these days. I often see her family name on this site, and there are some photos on here too. I used to work with her a long time ago in a nightclub called Chequers - we used to have some really good laughs. My name back then was Jillian Lamb. I'm not sure if she will remember me, but please pass on my message anyway. Thanks.
Added by Jillian B on 25 June 2008
Jillian, Sheena sends her regards to you and wonders how your family and Grannie are? Sheena is absolutely delighted that you asked about her and would love to hear your news.
Added by Anne James (Bridges) on 29 June 2008
Anne, thank you so much! Could you pass on my e-mail address to Sheena (jillyb65@btinternet.com) and let her know that we are all fine. Nana Lamb will be 100 this year in November. She is failing a wee bit, she had a nasty accident and was knocked down on the High Street in Invergordon a couple of years ago, but up until then she was still very active and only gave up her bike a few years ago!
Added by Jillian B on 15 July 2008
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