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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon High Street
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon High Street

The High Street looking west. This picture was used for a postcard.
Picture added on 12 May 2004
The large building on the right was the Royal Hotel-easily the smartest establishment in town. The alleyway on the left of the hotel led to the workshops of Taylor's garage. Also in this alley was the Public bar of the Hotel. Every time the fleet was in port this would be packed out with thirsty sailors. Many spectacular fist fights could be observed in the High Street during fleet visits and especially if US ships were also docked. Naval Police constantly patroled to keep order and arrest offenders. At the back of the Royal there was always huge empty wooden beer barels which lent a distinct whiff to the air. At that time Invergordon and Carlisle were the only towns in Britain where the licensed premises were directly controlled by the Government. The beer was brewed in Carlisle. The result was that the bars in town were very sparse and "Wild West" orientated. Bare floors and sawdust. The Lounge bar in the Royal was the only drinking place in town which was reasonably suitable to bring female company. When I was very wee I used to be smuggled in here by nearby grocer Davie MacKenzie where he would buy me a lemonade....
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
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